Rangers fall in blow out to Wausau
By Jared Schmeltzer
The Merrill Rangers struggled to get any offense on Wednesday night, losing 16-0 to the Wausau River Hawks.
After a quite first two innings, Wausau would score four runs in the top of the third inning. The River Hawks followed that up with two runs in the top of the fourth inning.
Merrill didn’t get their first hit until the fourth inning. Clay Schult ripped a line drive single to left field with two outs, however the Rangers couldn’t get him around to score. A five-run fifth inning for Wausau made it an 11-0 game. Some sloppy play from the Rangers in the sixth inning, allowed Wausau to add five more runs to their total.
The Rangers failed to score the seven runs needed to keep the game alive, falling by a score of 16-0 in seven innings.
Merrill was only able to come up with two hits in the game, with a single from Schult and a single from Brad Kanitz.
Justin Pyan started on the mound for the Rangers, allowing 11 runs on 13 hits, striking out five batters, while walking four. Shawn Schultz threw one inning, allowing five runs on three hits, walking two batters. Adam Messerschmidt finished the game for Merrill, allowing no runs, while walking only one batter.