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Baseball: Bad inning bites Niagara again

Badgers give up four runs in 6th, lose to Wausaukee 9-4

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — The self-destructive inning struck Niagara again.

The Badgers gave up four runs in the sixth in a 9-4 M&O Conference loss to Wausaukee on Thursday.

The Badgers (2-7) came back after being down 4-0 to make it 4-3, then made it 5-4 after the Rangers went up two in the third. But the wheels came off for the Badgers in the sixth inning as Wausaukee scored four runs on an error to seal the game. Niagara was set down in order in the top of the seventh.

Five of Wausaukee’s runs were unearned.

“I think the kids get panicked. They’re thinking about an error and not making a play and not worrying about it,” Niagara head coach Dean Neveau said. “They’re worried about making the error if the ball is hit to them. That’s what happens. Don’t even think about making the error. It shouldn’t even be in your mind. It should be ‘I’m going to make this play and we’ll be out of the inning.'”

Niagara scored three in the third to make it a 4-3 game. Elliot Peterson had an RBI single with his first hit of the season.

Josh Weber had a sacrifice fly RBI in the fourth.

The Badgers made four errors in the game.

Landen Kaldor started on the mound for Niagara and threw 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine runs (four earned) on nine hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Weber threw 1/3 innings and faced two batters.

Andrew Schroeder was 1 for 2 with a two RBI-single for Wausaukee.

Kyle Struve started and pitched five innings for the Rangers, giving up four runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Cole Caylor threw two innings of relief and struck out two.

Niagara hosts Iron Mountain in a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m. today.

Niagara 003 100 0 — 4 6 4

Wausaukee 311 004 x — 9 9 2

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