Bluejay Boys grab four out of five wins this week
TINA L. SCOTT
“We played five games this week and went 4 -1,” Coach Shawn Schultz said, summarizing the Bluejay Boys Baseball Team’s past week.
“On Saturday, we went to Lakeland and really hit the ball well,” he said. “Our pitchers did a great job of throwing strikes and getting ahead of the hitters. It was a good day with contributions by everybody on the team. Zach Kriegel’s shutout in the first game was good to see. Zach hadn’t pitched since the first games of the year, so it was good to get him back on the hill. Alex Mann picked up another win in the second game with a strong four innings, and Ryder Depies did a great job finishing things off with three scoreless innings.”
Alex Mann was on a roll with a .698 strike average, and Ryder Depies was on a hot streak with a .738 strike average, for a combined average for both pitches at .714 for the game.
“The bats really came alive in the first game and continued with five homeruns in game two for a total of six on the day,” Coach Schultz said. “Sam Reimann had a leadoff homer in game one to start the scoring. In game two, Caleb DeJong (3H, 3R, 2RBI) had 2HR’s, with Isaac Sutton (2H, 2R, 1RBI), Mason Johnson, and Peyton Becker (2H, 2R, 3RBI) also hitting long balls. Just a solid day all around on the mound and at the plate.”
A second Saturday game, this time against Crandon, was an exciting event. “The Bluejay Boys made a clean sweep of the game on Saturday, May 15,” Coach Schultz said.
Sam Reimann (3H, 3R, 4RBI) and Peyton Becker (3H, 3R, 3RBI) were the guys to beat, but Alex Mann (3R, 2H, 2RBI) and Mason Johnson (3R, 2H, 2RBI) weren’t far behind, and Connor Cortright (3H, 1R, 2RBI) also made a great impression.
Zack Kriegel pitched the game and had a .692 striking average.
On Thursday, May 13, the Boys played a double header with Wausau West in Merrill.
“We played the first game, and they had a pitcher that did a nice job of holding us in check,” Coach Schultz said. “We did get two right away in the first on a triple by Peyton Becker (3R, 2H, 1 RBI) and an rbi single by Alex Mann (1R, 3H, 2RBI). West took a 9 – 2 lead by the sixth when we got an rbi double by Becker and another rbi single by Mann. Alex Mann did a great job relieving Henry Reimann, holding West at nine in the top of the seventh. It set up a big six run seventh inning. Caleb DeJong (3R, 1H, 2RBI) had a two-run homerun, and we had a bunch of great at bats up and down the lineup that led to the huge comeback, which was completed by a Sam Reimann sac fly to the right fielder. A great comeback win.”
Henry Reimann and Alex Mann had a combined .598 strike percentage for the game.
Wausau West 9
“In game two, West jumped out to an early four-run lead,” Coach Schultz said. “But, we were able to fight back with an 11-run third inning. The huge inning was highlighted by Michael McRae’s (2R, 2H) two doubles and Connor Cortright’s (1R, 2H, 4RBI) grand slam. However, West came back with 7 runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it back up at 11. We traded runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie it at 12.”
“West came up with the deciding run with a score in the bottom of the sixth,” he added. “It was a battle all the way through, but we came up a bit short. We made too many mistakes in the game, or we could have had the conference double header sweep.”
Peyton Becker pulled out a .625 strike percentage.
Wausau West 13
On Tuesday, May 11, the team played at Northland Pines. Merrill Bluejays were up from the beginning and won 12 – 0 after only 6 innings.
“We played a solid game with lots of good at bats up and down the lineup,” Coach Schultz said. “ We had five guys split up the pitching and they did a great job throwing strikes. It was a good start to the week.” Sam Reimann had a .714 strike percentage going and Connor Cortright pulled out a .690 strike percentage. The five pitchers together had a highly respectable .617 strike percentage for the game.
Up to bat, Issac Sutton (4R, 2H), Connor Cortright (3R, 1H, 2RBI), Mason Johnson (2R, 2H, 2RBI), and Caleb DeJong (1R, 3H, 1RBI) all made a solid impression.
Northland Pines 0
“We had a great week going 4 – 1,” Coach Schultz said. “We have another great opportunity this coming week with four more chances to execute. We are home on Tuesday vs. Mosinee and then travel to Everest on Thursday for a double header and finish off the week with a game at home on Friday vs. Tomahawk.”