By Nick Beversdorf
Mosinee proved to be a little too difficult for Bluejay baseball as they lost Monday night by a final score of 4-1. The Jays mustered just two hits and committed four errors. This loss puts the Bluejays at 2-2 in the Valley Conference and 3-8 overall.
Merrill got off to an early lead with Ryan Golisch driving in Trevor Asmundsen with a grounder to short, but this would be the Bluejays’ only run of the game. Mosinee would answer back in the second with three runs all from a line drive to center field that was reached on an error.
The Bluejays would mostly hold Mosinee at bay until the bottom of the fifth when Mosinee managed one more run from a sacrifice fly. Kyle Juhlke would pitch a scoreless sixth but it wouldn’t be enough to change the course of the game.
“We got on top in the top of the first,” comments head coach Shawn Schultz. “Trevor led off with an infield single and stole second. Ty moved him to third with a ground-out to the right side and Ryan had an RBI ground-out to score him. After that, our bats were silenced until Drew hit the double in the seventh.”
Asmundsen was the only scorer of the game, managing one run off Golisch’s RBI. Dylan Anderson also had a walk. Kyle Juhlke and Collin Grefe bothed pitched, with Juhlke striking out one, giving up zero hits and allowing no runs or walks. Grefe struck out three, gave up four hits and four runs – none earned – and issued six walks.
Golisch lead the fielding effort with seven putouts and two double plays. Jared Schmeltzer had four putouts, three assists and two double plays; Anderson had four putouts and two double plays; Asmundsen had a putout, two assists and a double play; Juhlke had two putouts; and Nick Bowe had four assists.
“Their pitcher was pretty strong,” adds Schultz. “He had a good fastball that he located real well and was able to get his breaking ball in for strikes. He did a great job of keeping us off balance and then putting us away. Collin pitched really well for us again. He only gave up four hits. We have to make all of the plays defensively. The one inning cost us again. We had two or three opportunities to get out of the second inning but simply couldn’t put them away. You can’t continue to give the other team extra outs, especially when you aren’t scoring a lot of runs. Kyle Juhlke came in and pitched a scoreless sixth but we just couldn’t answer.”
Varsity baseball will have their next game on Thursday at 5:00 PM at Wausau West.
Stats provided by GameChanger.