Baseball: Niagara beats Gillett for 1st wins
Badgers win resumed game 10-0, full game 4-3
NIAGARA, Wis. — Niagara edged past Gillett/Suring on Thursday for the first wins of the season.
The Badgers (2-3) won the first game, resumed from the fourth inning, by a 10-0 margin. The game was scheduled to be resumed after being postponed by weather on April 8.
Niagara won Thursday’s originally scheduled M&O Conference matchup 4-3 in the nightcap.
“Got our first win of the year — great,” Niagara head coach Dean Neveau said.
The Badgers resumed the fourth inning of the April 8 game with runners on first and third with no outs. They failed to score a run. Anthony Hansen scored Josh Weber with an RBI single in the sixth.
Landen Kaldor hit a three-run double in the second inning, played earlier this month. Dawson Lincoln had a two RBI-single. Anthony Oslund had an RBI single. Logan Carlson drew a bases-loaded walk. Niagara scored four runs in the second and five runs in the third.
Hansen was credit with the pitching win, throwing three innings and striking out seven with one walk and giving up a hit.
Kaldor pitched three innings and gave up no walks or hits while striking out six.
In the second game, the Badgers’ recent trend of cold bats continued. They had five hits and three walks but struck out 10 times.
“That’s way too many strikeouts. Kids are watching the ball on strike threes and not putting the bat on it,” Niagara head coach Dean Neveau said. “They need to put the ball in play. We’re struggling with pitching right now because we’re trying to save guys for this weekend.”
The Badgers host Iron Mountain Norway on Saturday. Niagara faces the Mountaineers at 11 a.m. and Norway at 3 p.m.
“You don’t want to go into play Iron Mountain and Norway and have absolutely nobody to throw,” Neveau said. “Them two wins were very crucial for us. Now if we win two more games this year that pretty much puts us in the conference championship. We’re going to be better off in the long run because of that. We’re working so many different pitchers and scenarios to see which two work best together.”
Hansen’s RBI double in the sixth helped Niagara take a 4-0 lead. Hansen later scored on an error and Ethan Sweig scored on a passed ball.
Gillett/Suring rallied in the top of the seven with three runs on three hits.
Hansen was credit with the win, lasting 4 2/3 innings and striking out eight with no walks and one hit surrendered.
Weber pitched an inning and gave up three runs (one unearned) on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.
Kaldor pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and gave up no hits or walks with three strikeouts.
Niagara 045 001 0 — 10 8 0
Gillett/Suring 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
Gillett/Suring 000 000 3 — 3 4 1
Niagara 100 003 x — 4 5 3