By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD — Marshfield baseball teams continue to heat up the summer in central Wisconsin. Not only was the Post 54 Blue Devils baseball team on a 10-game winning streak going into July, but the Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team was on a seven-game win streak at the end of June.
The Chaps won their seventh straight game on June 27 at Hackman Field in Marshfield, defeating the previously-unbeaten Waupaca Lakemen 9-1.
Marshfield jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs, Riley Erickson got hit by a pitch and then stole second base. Sam Schwanabeck followed with an RBI base hit. He scored on a double by Luke Wirtz, and Wirtz then scored on a double by Nate McDonald, who in turn scored on a wild pitch.
The Chaps added two more runs in the fourth inning. Ryan Metz led off with a single, and then scored on a triple by Austin Littman. He then scored when Waupaca third baseman Sean Peskie attempted to throw Austin out at home trying to score on a ground ball by Justin Rayburn. Peskie’s throw, however, was off the mark, and Littman scored.
Marshfield tacked on another run in the fifth inning, when McDonald scored on a sacrifice fly by Palacek. Littman scored again in the sixth inning, on an RBI base hit by Rayburn. Waupaca got their only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning, when Walker Smith knocked an RBI triple that scored Johnny Popham, who had ripped a one-out double two batters earlier.
Marshfield answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh, when McDonald scored his third run of the game on a ground ball by Palacek.
Marshfield was led by Littman, who went 3-for-4 with two singles, a triple and a run batted in. McDonald went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Schwanabeck went 2-for-4 with a run batted in. Palacek had a hit and two RBI’s, and Wirtz had a double.
The win went to Spencer’s Bobby Pilz, who gave up one run on four hits while striking out five and walking six.