Bluejay Boys Baseball Team breaks even
TINA L. SCOTT
The Merrill Bluejay Boys Baseball Team broke even with two losses and two wins between Tuesday, May 18, and Friday, May 21, and then got washed out of two games last week.
“On Friday, we played Tomahawk at home and they gave us more than we wanted,” Coach Shawn Schultz said. “They were ready to play and they took advantage of our mistakes. We continued to give ourselves opportunities but didn’t cash many of them in. We had runners on in many innings and kept the pressure on. Mason Johnson came through with the big blow in the 6th with a bases loaded double. Ryder Depies put in another solid five innings on the mound and is gaining experience as we go through the season.”
Peton Becker and Alex Mann each scored two runs in the game, while Mason Johnson was the other standout with two hits, 1 run, and 5 RBI’s. Ryder Depies pitched a .671 strike percentage and, combined with pitcher Michael McRae’s efforts, they wrapped up the game with a solid .637 strike percentage.
“On Thursday, we went to DC Everest for a doubleheader,” Coach Schultz said. “The first game was a great game. We played scoreless through the first 7 innings. There were not a lot of opportunities to score for either team in the game. Zach Kriegel pitched great. He was on from the start with a quick first inning and really did a great job of getting in front of the hitters and keeping them off balance. Our defense was really solid. We made all the plays and gave ourselves a chance in the top of the 8th.”
“Caleb DeJong came up with one out base hit to get things going,” Schultz said. “After a groundout moved him to second, Alex Mann came through with a huge double. Zach Kriegel came out and finished up the 8th for a great all around game. The second game we battled again but gave them too many opportunities.”
Box Score – Game One
DC Everest 0
Box Score – Game Two
DC Everest 13
“We played Mosinee last Tuesday [May 18] and lost 4 – 3,” Coach Schultz said. “We had some opportunities that we didn’t take advantage of and it came back to get us. Their pitcher did a nice job of keeping us off balance. We got a couple early but couldn’t cash in late in the game. Sam Reimann did a nice job for us on the mound, and we made the plays in the field. Just came up a bit short.” Isaac Sutton, Caleb DeJong, and Peyton Becker scored the three runs of that game. Reimann had a .644 strike average.
“It was a 2 – 2 week with some really great execution and some lows, as well,” Coach Schultz said. “We are continuing to work on that consistency that we need to develop.”