By David Stenklyft
May 7, 2019
In a game where momentum shifted in a span of two innings, the host Wausau West baseball team defeated Wausau East 15-8 in a chilly marathon at Athletic Park on Tuesday night.
After East scored five runs in the first inning, one might think that they had the upper hand in the game, but a seven-run third for West flipped the script and West left hander Mitch Zahurones who settled down and threw a nice game before he was required to leave the mound per WIAA rules.
After two walks, Forrest Kronberger hit a two run double to put East on the board in the first. Matt Heinrich drove him in with a fielder’s choice. Sam Schubring, who had four hits on the night, then drove in Heinrich after a balk moved the runners up. Greg Glovinski drove in the final run in the frame.
In the third inning, everything changed.
Peter Fuchs started the inning off with a double, Woelhert walked. Jake bailey singled and Zahrones hit a ground ball to score two West runs. Later in the inning, Ty Bailey drove in two with a single. West sent 13 batters to the plate and quick as a whistle, West led 7-5.
From then on, East pitchers struggled. While Zahrones was efficient in retiring the Warriors, five Lumberjack batters were hit by pitches and fielding errors compounded the struggle.
Three batters were hit in the fourth inning which resulted in two runs for West.
Schubring singled in the sixth and after a wild pitch, Glovinski drove him in with a single.
Zahrones only allowed one hit from the first through the fifth inning.
After a single run in the fifth, West added five more in the sixth.
With two out, Fuchs reached on an error, Boehlert walked. Then another hit batter forced in a run. Zahurones then singled to drive in two runs. Another bases loaded hit batter drove in the last run of the inning.
East added two runs in the top of the seventh to make the final 15-8.
West scored 15 runs on only seven hits, but the pitching struggles and five errors by East were damaging.