TR beats Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah

TR beats Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah

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TR beats Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah

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“We are TR.”

That was the chant Brett Kasper heard from the home crowd as he mowed down the final three Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah batters to preserve the No. 12-seeded Two Rivers baseball team’s 4-2 victory on Friday in the WIAA Summer Tournament regional championship.

Kasper allowed two runs while striking out six for the complete-game win while going 1-for-2 at the plate against the No. 13 Restorers.

“(Kasper) pitched a heck of a game after the first inning,” said Two Rivers coach Lee Nebel. “He settled down and really took command of the ball game, throwing a nasty curve.”

His battery mate Andrew Nebel contributed on offense (2-for-3) as well as on defense, gunning down a Restorer’s runner attempting to steal second to end the third inning.

“Andrew showed what kind of gun he has by rifling the ball to get a runner we scouted beforehand who has 19 stolen bases coming in,” said Nebel of his starting catcher and grandson.

Both players made their impact felt in the Raiders’ (10-12) breakout three-run third inning, with Kasper hitting a lead-off double before eventually scoring on a throwing error. Nebel reached base on an error before being pulled for a courtesy runner.

The real hero of the inning turned out to be Cory Johnson (2-for-3), who hit the Raiders’ second double of the frame which drove in a pair. Johnson would finish with a team-high two RBI.

Two Rivers would threaten in the sixth inning, drawing three-straight walks to load the bases but Cameron Greene flied out and teammate Spencer Feest was called out trying to score on the tag up from third.

“We started this season with a lot of question marks,” added Lee Nebel. “For us to come away with a regional championship tonight and a spot at sectionals secured says a lot about how far this team has come, especially Kasper.”

Next up for Two Rivers is No. 1 Kewaskum (22-5) on Monday at 11 a.m. with the game being played at Sheboygan Falls.

Plymouth 4, Kiel 2

The No. 6 Raiders’ season came to an end against the No. 3 Panthers, who took a 2-1 lead after the first inning and never looked back.

Kiel scored first to start the game but wouldn’t score again until the top of the seventh.

Jordan Meyer took the loss for the Raiders (6-19), lasting four innings and allowing three runs — two earned — on five hits with three strikeouts.

David Esswein led Kiel offensively, going 1-for-3 and scoring both of the Raiders’ runs. Teammate Tyler Konz singled in the seventh to drive in Esswein for his team’s lone RBI. Esswein also scored in the first on an error after reaching base via a walk.

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