A thunderous hitting performance from Jack Bau led the New Richmond baseball team to a 13-1 win on Tuesday night over Amery at New Richmond’s Citizens Field.
While the Tigers were improving to 2-0 in the Middle Border Conference on Tuesday, the Somerset and St. Croix Central squads came away with losses.
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A nine-run third inning put the Tigers in charge. The Tigers were spraying rocket shots all over the field. Bau ripped a triple, Brandon Gaspord pounded a double and Hayden Bradbury delivered a two-run single that broke a 1-1 tie early in the rally.
Bau saved his biggest swing of the night for the fifth inning. Bau sent a towering shot for beyond the leftfield fence for a grand slam homer. Tiger coach Travis Helland called the homer “a Blake Berger shot,” in reference to the mammoth shots the Tiger assistant coach hit when he was in high school in New Richmond.
The lineup is really coming together for the Tigers. That starts with Charlie Thibodeau, Bradbury and Bau as the top third of the batting order.
“Charlie is putting together great at-bats, Hayden had three on the barrel tonight and Jack is Jack,” Helland said.
Bau led the Tigers with three hits. Thibodeau, Gaspord and Drew Momchilovich all finished with two hits.
Helland said the plan for Tuesday was to have Reece Lucas, Thibodeau, Cole Eastep and Eric Moberg all some time on the mound. Lucas worked the first three innings, with the three others splitting of the game shortened to five innings on the 10-run rule. Helland said the plan worked, meaning all four will be able to pitch again if needed on Thursday.
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If you want to know the difference in the Panthers’ game at Prescott on Tuesday, look at the error column. Prescott played errorless ball, while the Panthers booted the ball four times, all of them costly.
The Panthers outhit Prescott 12-6. Panther coach Tom Sauve said the team did enough offensively. Prescott has a quality pitching staff. He was pleased the Panthers could produce four runs against Prescott’s ace, three of them scoring on a bases-loaded triple by Keagan Berg in the fourth inning.
Prescott then brought on Matt Langer, who no-hit Central last season. This time, Central scored three runs before Langer got an out in the fifth inning. Zac Holme delivered the first two runs with a double and Holme scored on a single from Nate Berends. Berends led the Panthers with three hits in the game. Berg and Spencer Trainor both had two hits.
Mason Dado, Trevor Miller and Derek Myer split the pitching for the Panthers. Two of the eight runs they were allowed were earned.
“Any time we throw Dado, Miller and Myer, we think we should win,” Sauve said.
Tuesday’s loss hinged on a baserunning accident in the first inning for Somerset.
Somerset senior AJ Beasley pitched a perfect first inning, striking out the side. He led off the bottom of the first with a shot down the leftfield line. Beasley was thinking triple the whole way. As he rounded first base, he stumbled. His spike clipped his pitching hand, cutting his pinky finger. As he stumbled to his feet, he tried for second base, but was tagged out.
Beasley tried to pitch the second inning, but couldn’t grip the ball well with his injured finger. B-W scored five runs against Beasley in the second inning.
The downcast Spartans put up no fight after that. B-W scored three more runs in the third, another in the fourth and five in the fifth.
Somerset had five hits in the game, but really didn’t put together any scoring threats. Spartan coach Zac Eichten said the Spartans need to have a multi-dimensional offense in their five wins this season, and they can’t rely on Beasley to be the center of their attack every game.
“Baseball is a short-memory game. We have to remember how this feels,” Eichten said of the sting the Spartans were feeling after the loss.
All three baseball teams are scheduled to be back in action on Thursday. New Richmond is scheduled to play at St. Croix Central, with Somerset slated to host Baldwin-Woodville.