By Michael Kommer
For Central Wisconsin

April 30, 2019

WISCONSIN RAPIDS- In less than ideal weather conditions, the Wausau West and Wisconsin Rapids baseball teams squared off with hopes to conquer the elements.

Aided by five Warrior errors, it was the Raiders who came out victorious as they rolled to a 6-0 victory Tuesday evening at Witter Field in Wisconsin Valley Conference play.

The Raiders and Warriors will square off again Thursday when the Raiders make the trip up to Wausau.

“I had the team behind me to back me up and that really helped,” Brandl said. “My fastball was off, but my curve ball was hitting so that was nice for me today.”

From the onset, Rapids starting pitcher, Donovan Brandl, controlled the West bats. On the day, Brandl pitched for five innings allowing just one hit- coming in the fifth inning- and tallying nine strikeouts and allowing just four walks.

Tyler Beyer hurled the final two frames of relief and allowed a pair of hits with a walk while fanning three.

“I’m very proud of the pitching staff,” Rapids coach Bob Gawlitta said. “I thought Josh (Zwicke) did well, and we hit the ball when we needed to hit the ball and it resulted in a win.”

Rapids got things going in the first inning when after lead-off walks by Nathan Krommenakker and Jacob Wipfli with Wipfli’s base knock driving home Krommenakker.

After a scoreless second inning, the Raiders scratched across another run, this time, it was Brandl adding the run to push the Rapids lead to 2-0.

The Raiders then added a pair of runs in each the fourth and fifth innings to conclude the scoring.

Ryan Sering and Zac Hamel- as a courtesy runner for Josh Zwicke- each crossed home in the fourth inning, while Jack Wenzel and Hamel each came home in the fifth.

For the game, Zwicke went 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of singles, and a walk and accounted for two of the Rapids runs.

“The weather was never going to be an issue for us,” Gawlitta said. “Weather is never an excuse one way or the other; I never addressed it because the obvious was there, they knew what it was going to be like.”

Raiders 6 Warriors 0

Wausau West 000 000 0 – 0 3 5

Wisconsin Rapids 101 220 X – 6 5 1

WP: Donovan Brandl. LP: Cole Osness. SO- WW, Osness 4, Isaiah Piscitello 1, Ty Bailey 1; WR, Brandl 9, Tyler Beyer 3. BB- WW, Osness 1, Piscitello 3, Bailey 3; WR, Brandl 4, Beyer 1.

Records: Wisconsin Rapids 9-3 overall, 4-2 WVC, Wausau West 1-7 overall, 0-4 WVC.