Chaparrals grab pair of big Dairyland League wins
With victories over Tomahawk and Spirit, Chaps extend winning streak to five
By Steve Pilz
Marshfield 13, Tomahawk 6
TOMAHAWK — The Marshfield Chaparrals traveled to Tomahawk on Friday night and scored early and often, bashing out 20 hits en route to a 13-6 Dairyland League win.
“We were able to jump out to an early lead by being patient at the plate,” Chaparrals manager Sam Schwanebeck said. “Their starter was a little wild, but we didn’t swing at bad pitches.”
The Chaps scored in each of the first four innings and were up 7-0 in the third before the Titans got on the scoreboard. Tomahawk starter Trevor Roszcewski got through just three innings by walking six batters, twice with the bases loaded.
The Chaps went up 13-3 in the seventh when they scored four times on five hits. The big blows were an RBI double by Ryan Metz and a two-run single by Noah Panzer.
“We got great contributions from the bottom of the order,” said Schwanebeck. “Josh and Ryan Metz both hit doubles, helping us score runs and keep the lead out of reach.”
Marshfield starter Jack Donahue surrendered a couple runs in the seventh, his last inning of work, but he struck out 11 while walking just two and surrendered nine hits. Metz allowed one unearned run in his two innings on the mound, striking out three.
“Our defense was fairly solid,” concluded Schwanebeck, “and Jack pitched really well, which has been our strength.”
Donahue went 4-for-5 at the plate with 3 RBIs, Bobby Pilz was 3-for-6 with an RBI, and Alex Steines was 3-for-5 with an RBI as the Chaps got their second highest hit total of the season.
Marshfield 3, Spirit 1
MARSHFIELD — A night after bashing out 20 hits in Tomahawk, the Marshfield Chaparrals returned home to face Spirit and could only manage four.
One thing the two games had in common, however, was that they both ended as Dairyland League victories for the Chaps as they downed the Twins 3-1.
It was the Chaparrals’ fifth-straight win as they improved their record to 10-7 and 7-5 in the Dairyland League.
Cale Cuddie made his first start of the season for Marshfield and did an admirable job, pitching five innings, striking out five with a pair of walks, and scattering just four hits. He allowed just one run, that coming in the third when Spirit lead-off man Dayne Marenga singled and moved to second on Matt Mohr’s walk. After an out, Derek Petrucalek hit a ball to shallow center that turned into a fielder’s choice, but Marenga scored to make it 1-0 Twins.
The Chaps got that run back in their half of the third when Nate MacDonald hit a one-out double. Pilz reached on an error, and MacDonald scored an unearned run on the errant throw to tie the game.
Meanwhile, Spirit starter Jake Borman was effective, holding Marshfield scoreless in innings four through seven.
Pilz replaced Cuddie in the sixth and struck out two of the four batters he faced. In the seventh it was 1-2-3, and in the eighth were three ground outs to second base wrapped around a single to right.
The Chaps finally made their move in the eighth. MacDonald led off with a single, bringing Pilz to the plate. He promptly lashed a pitch to right centerfield that got to the wall for a triple. Curt Englebrecht was hit by a pitch, and Pilz scored on a suicide bunt by Schwanebeck to put Marshfield up 3-1.
That momentum seemed to be enough for Pilz in the ninth. Although the lead-off man reached, after an error and a fielder’s choice, Pilz got a strike out, hit a batter, and coaxed a ground out to wrap up the Chaparrals’ 10th win of the season.
Marshfield hosts Plover on Wednesday.
(This article was originally published at MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Chaparrals 13, Titans 6
Marshfield 322 101 400 – 13 20 4
Tomahawk 002 100 210 – 6 12 3
WP: Jack Donahue. LP: Trevor Roszcewski.
SO: Donahue (7 inn.) 11, Ryan Metz (2 inn.) 3; Roszcewski (3 inn.) 2, Jacob Jarvensivu (4 inn.) 0, Jared Jarvensivu (2 inn.) 2. BB: Donahue 2, Metz 1; Roszcewski 6, Jac, Jarvensivu 1.
Top hitters: T, Isaac Weber 3×5, 2B; Jared Jarvensivu 3×4, RBI. M, Donahue 4×5, 3 RBIs; Alex Steines 3×5, RBI; Bobby Pilz 3×6, RBI; Josh Metz 2×4, 2B; Sam Schwanebeck 2×4, 2B, RBI; Noah Panzer 2×5, 2 RBIs; Luke Wirtz 2×5; Ryan Metz 2×6, 2B, 3 RBIs.
Records: Marshfield 9-7, 6-5 Dairyland League; Tomahawk not reported.
Chaparrals 3, Twins 1
Spirit 001 000 000 – 1 6 4
Marshfield 001 000 02x – 3 4 1
WP: Bobby Pilz. LP: Jake Borman.
SO: Borman (9 inn.) 2; Cale Cuddie (5 inn.) 5, Pilz (4 inn.) 3. BB: Borman 3; Cuddie 2, Pilz 1.
Top hitters: S, Dave Marenga 3×4, 2B; Tom Mohr 2×4. M, Nate MacDonald 2×4, 2B; Pilz 1×4, 3B, RBI; Jack Donahue 1×4, 2B.
Records: Marshfield 10-7, 7-5 Dairyland League; Spirit not provided.