By Nick Beversdorf
Tomahawk varsity baseball lost to Rhinelander on Monday with a final score of 6-1 with Tomahawk generating eight hits and committing three errors. Hatchet baseball ends the regular season fouth in the GNC with a record of 7-5 and an overall record of 13-7.
Tomahawk got their one and only run right away in the top of the first but Rhineander answered with two runs in the bottom. Rhinelander got another run in the third and three more in the fifth.
Although Tomahawk out-hit Rhinelander, they were unable to translate those hits into runs. Top hitters for Tomahawk include Brandon Vecchio (2H, 1RBI) and Justin Jarvensivu (1H, 1R, 1BB). Kaleb Kaminski pitched the whole game, striking out two, walking three, allowing six hits and six runs-three earned.
“This was a frustrating loss,” comments head coach Wes Roessler. “We out-hit Rhinelander but we couldn’t string the hits together to drive in runs and we swung at too many bad pitches and had some defensive lapses that didn’t help our cause. Those are the things we can’t do if we want to be competitive and win games against tough opponents.
“We now need to turn the page on this game and focus on the playoffs, we need to build on what we have accomplished in the regular season to be successful in the postseason.”
Hatchet varsity baseball is scheduled to play their first playoff game on Tuesday, May 31 at home against the winner of the Lakeland-Northland Pines game (scheduled for May 26).