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Pacelli Sweeps Away Hodags, Snow Flurries Sweep Across DiamondSubmitted: 05/11/2013
Pacelli Sweeps Away Hodags, Snow Flurries Sweep Across Diamond
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Snow and sleet fell from the sky at times at Saturday's doubleheader at Stafford Field.

The Rhinelander High School baseball team could have used some more runs to fall from the sky too.

The Hodags were swept by Pacelli, 7-2 and 14-8, to fall to 2-6 on the season.

Rhinelander experimented with three pitchers making their varsity debut. Coupled with a sleepy offense for much of the day, the Hodags were doomed to struggle to their sixth straight loss.

GAME ONE

Brandon Reinthaler got his first innings on the mound, and looked solid through two. He gave up only a walk in retiring the initial six batters.

"He went out, and the first time or two through the batting order, he was throwing strikes, and our defense was making plays, but it just kind of fell apart there," said Hodags coach Joe Waksmonski.

Control problems led to two-run innings by Pacelli in the third and sixth. On the day, Reinthaler would walk seven Pacelli batters and take the loss. In his five innings, he gave up just two hits, but surrendered the four earned runs.

"It was his first time on the mound. So to expect a young guy like that to go out and pitch seven innings, that might be a little bit of a stretch," Waksmonski said. "But we need someone to come out and perform and give us seven strong innings."

Meanwhile, the Hodags couldn't get a rally started at the plate. Even though their leadoff batter reached base in three of the first five innings, only once did they advance past second. Pacelli pitcher Adam Kluck placed a hard fastball well to keep Rhinelander off balance.

Waksmonski handed Trevor Young the ball to finish the remaining two innings. In his first varsity action on the mound, he labored with four walks and three hits, translating to three runs (two earned).

Waksmonski had little choice but to take a chance with inexperienced pitchers. The condensed schedule plus the young Hodags roster left little option. On top of that, Rhinelander presumably wants to save their most talented hurlers for conference action.

"You've got to take gambles. You can't run the same guys out there every single day for two games," said Waksmonski.

Heading to the bottom of the seventh, the Hodags had been held scoreless on just two hits.

They put together their best string of offense in the last half-inning. Bryce White led off with a double, which was followed by a Mitch Reinthaler walk. Young then doubled in White, which advanced Reinthaler to third. He would score with the next batter at the plate, Kent Mathews. Pacelli third baseman tried to cut down Reinthaler at the plate on a Mathews ground ball, but catcher Jesse Raczek dropped the throw, allowing Reinthaler to score on an error.

But Brandon Reinthaler lined into a double play, and Kurt Zuiker grounded out weakly to second base to seal the 7-2 Pacelli win.

Young was the only Hodag with multiple hits in the game, going 2-2 with a run batted in.

GAME TWO

Years from now, participants in the doubleheader might not remember the final scores. They're unlikely to forget playing through whipping snow.

"I have not seen a blizzard like that in the middle of a game. A lot of weird things happened here today. I mentioned it to the guys, it wouldn't be a Rhinelander home opener if it wasn't cold and windy," Waksmonski said.

Light, and then considerably heavier snow, began falling during the sixth inning of Game Two, a 14-8 Pacelli win. Umpires considered calling the game before the snow subsided.

The Cardinals had already built a comfortable lead by that point. They roughed up Derek Mathison with three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third, and five in the fourth. Mathison exited after giving up nine earned runs on nine hits and seven walks.

"It's a learning experience, that's for sure, for a lot of the young guys. Pitchers too. They're not very experienced, but we still need to be able to throw the ball across the plate," Waksmonski said.

The Hodags only made it interesting once. Trailing 6-0 in the fourth, they plated four runs against Pacelli pitcher Jake Feltz to pull within two.

Mitch Reinthaler led off with an infield hit, but was quickly erased as part of a Young fielder's choice. Three straight singles by Mathews, Brandon Reinthaler, and Lukas Kreger scored a pair of runs, and then a two-out single by Luke Linsmeyer drove home two more.

The five runs by Pacelli in the very next half-inning reestablished their commanding advantage, as they sent ten men to the plate. It also ended Mathison's day on the mound.

Mathison would record an RBI single, and Mitch Reinthaler and Young scored on wild pitches as the Hodags chalked up two runs in each of the final two innings.

Ben Quade saw his first innings on the mound, pitching the final two of Game Two. He allowed three earned runs.

All three came in the sixth, part of which saw the brief but harsh snowfall which stuck to the ground for a matter of minutes.

As Rhinelander slipped to four games under .500 overall, Pacelli improved to 13-5 on the season.

The weather has cooperated much more for the Cardinals, having played ten more games than the Hodags.

"Really, as a younger team, this season has been more detrimental, because we haven't been able to get outside practicing," Waksmonski regretted.

The Hodags will play plenty in the coming week, if the weather holds. Seven games between Monday and Friday will start with a home doubleheader against Lakeland.


Pacelli at Rhinelander (Game One)

Saturday, May 11

Pacelli 002 021 2 7 5 2
Rhinelander 000 000 2 2 4 4

Pacelli AB R H BI
Zach Jensen 2b 3 1 1 0
Tyler Nalbach ss 3 0 1 0
Adam Kluck p 1 1 1 1
Kyle Rogers 3b 3 0 1 2
Sean Shulfer 1b 3 1 1 1
Jake Feltz lf 3 0 0 0
-Brett Barton pr 0 0 0 0
Jesse Raczek c 2 1 0 0
Chris Poeschel rf 3 1 0 1
Michael Flees cf 0 1 0 1

Totals 21 7 5 6

IP H R ER SO BB
Kluck, W 7 5 2 1 6 1

Rhinelander AB R H BI
Derek Mathison 2b 3 0 1 0
Luke Linsmeyer rf 3 0 0 0
Bryce White cf 3 1 1 0
Mitch Reinthaler ss 2 1 0 0
Trevor Young 3b 2 0 2 1
-Lukas Kreger ph 0 0 0 0
Kent Mathews 1b 3 0 0 0
Brandon Reinthaler p 3 0 0 0
Ben Quade c 2 0 0 0
Kurt Zuiker lf 3 0 0 0

Totals 22 2 4 1

IP H R ER SO BB
B. Reinthaler, L 5 2 4 4 1 7
Young 2 3 3 2 1 4

LOB: Pacelli 9, Rhinelander 4


Rhinelander at Pacelli (Game Two)

Saturday, May 11

Rhinelander 000 402 2 8 9 2
Pacelli 321 503 x 14 14 2

Rhinelander AB R H BI
Derek Mathison p 4 0 0 1
Luke Linsmeyer rf 3 0 1 2
Bryce White cf 4 0 0 0
Mitch Reinthaler ss 4 1 3 0
Trevor Young 2b 3 2 0 0
Kent Mathews 1b 2 1 1 0
-Alex Reas ph 1 0 0 0
Brandon Reinthaler dh 2 1 1 0
Lukas Kreger 3b 2 1 1 1
-Jed Kuhn rf 1 1 0 0
Kurt Zuiker lf 4 1 2 0

Totals 29 8 9 4

IP H R ER SO BB
Mathison, L 4 9 11 9 1 7
Quade 2 5 3 3 0 2

Pacelli AB R H BI
Zach Jensen 2b 5 1 1 1
Tyler Nalbach ss 4 4 3 2
Adam Kluck 2b 4 3 2 0
Kyle Rogers 1b 3 2 3 3
Sean Shulfer dh 2 1 0 1
-Brett Barton pr-rf 0 0 0 1
Jake Feltz p 3 0 2 2
-Cole Fochs ph 1 0 0 0
Jesse Raczek c 2 2 0 0
Devin Durigan cf 3 0 1 0
-Troy Flugaur ph 1 1 1 0
Michael Flees cf 3 0 1 2

IP H R ER SO BB
Feltz, W 6 8 6 3 4
Durigan 1 1 2 2 0 1

LOB: Rhinelander 7, Pacelli 11

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