By David Stenklyft
May 10, 2019
Wausau– The Wausau East Lumberjacks bounced back after a loss to Wausau West earlier this week with a nearly flawless pitching performance, shutting out the visitors from West 7-0 on Friday night.
The same teams played on Tuesday night at Athletic Field and the Warriors won 15-8, as the East pitchers had a difficult night, hitting six batsmen and the defense also struggled, committing several errors. But in the rematch rivalry game, East executed at a high level, much to the pleasure of head coach Steve Heinrich.
“After the Tuesday game, I spoke with the team and asked them to treat that game as an aberration. That wasn’t a reflection of our team, we are better than that game, and things happen over a course of a season. It looks like they took my advice, and played well today.”
East would score their first two runs in the third, when Andrew Heinzen‘s single broke up a scoreless game.
East plated five in the fourth frame, aided by three consecutive walks to open up the inning. With the bases loaded, Heinzen ripped a hit to right center scoring two. Then Jake Thome crushed a triple to score three more.
West battled back by loading the bases in the fifth and seventh, respectively, but could not scratch out a run.
“We ran into some good pitching, but I think our approach at the plate was not what I would like to see. But give them credit, they played a really good game,” said West head coach Ryan Whalen.