Baseball: Niagara falls to Coleman in 10 innings

COLEMAN, Wis. — Niagara battled defending M&O Conference champion Coleman to the end in a 8-7 loss in 10 innings on Tuesday.

Niagara got the first two outs in the 10th on strikeouts by Landen Kaldor. Tristin DeJardin relieved Kaldor after a walk and an error. With the bases loaded, Tyler Blanchard was walked on a full count. The run and pitching loss was charged to Kaldor.

The Badgers (0-1, 0-1) took a 7-4 lead in the eighth inning, but the Cougars (6-0, 2-0) answered with three of their own.

Niagara’s Dawson Lincoln started the eighth by reaching base on a dropped third strike passed ball. Elliot Peterson was hit by a pitch and Kaldor was intentionally walked and he later scored on an error. DeJardin hit an RBI single and Josh Weber followed with a bases-loaded walk.

“We’re young. By the time we get to regionals that’s what we’re shooting for,” Niagara coach Dean Neveau said. “We hung with one of the better teams in the conference.”

The eighth-inning outburst were the Badgers’ first runs after they scored twice in the fifth to tie the game 4-4. Two walks and an error loaded the bases. Kaldor scored on a wild pitch for the tying run after a bases-loaded walk to Anthony Hansen.

Hansen was 2 for 5 with two RBIs. Weber was 3 for 4 with one RBI.

Hansen, Kaldor and DeJardin pitched for Niagara. They gave up a combined eight runs on six hits. Hansen struck out nine and walked seven (4 1/3 innings). Kaldor struck out seven and walked five (5 1/3 innings). DeJardin walked the only two batters he faced in the 10th.

“We had seven hits. Too many strikeouts though,” Neveau said. “I was happy with the way Anthony and Landen threw tonight. They pitched well. We just had too many walks given up and that’s where they generated their runs. It seemed like every time we walked somebody they ended up scoring.”

Seth Seefeldt started on the mound for Coleman and gave up four runs (two earned) on two hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Hunter Woulf pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief and gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and four walks. Cajden Bintz pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up no runs with five strikeouts. Bintz was credited with the win.

“Great game, for the first time being out on the field and getting to play 10 innings,” Neveau said. “Even with the loss, it’s that much more time the kids got to see pitches and see ground balls hit at them. Happy with the way they battled back.”

Niagara visits St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (0-2, 0-1) on Thursday, while Coleman visits Crivitz (4-2, 1-1).

Niagara 100 120 030 0 — 7 7 2

Coleman 013 000 030 1 — 8 6 2

WP: Bintz. LP: Kaldor.

LOB — Niagara 13, Coleman 14. 2B — Nossovitz. RBIs — Hansen 2, Weber 1, DeJardin 1, Nossovitz 2, Blanchard 2, Bintz 1, Risner 1. ERR — DeJardin, Peterson, Blanchard, Woulf. HBP — Kaldor, Peterson (2). SACF — Bintz. SACB — Carlson. SB — Kaldor (2), Weber, Risner, Blanchard, Risner, Seefeldt.

PB–Elliot Peterson (4), Mason Risner (2). WP — Hansen, Woulf, Seefeldt (2). SO — Sweig (2), Lincoln (4), Carlson (3), Oslund (3), DeJardin (2), Hansen, Peterson (2), Risner, Nossovitz, Zablocki, Tyler, Nick Teteak, Mason Risner (2), Brandon Engels (2), Woulf, Seefeldt, Bintz (3), Casper (2). BB — Lincoln, Oslund, Kaldor (2), Hansen, Peterson, Weber (2), Risner (2), Blanchard (2), Teteak (2), Risner, Engels, Woulf, Seefeldt (3), Bintz, Casper.