WLA, Laconia baseball split key Flyway doubleheader

WLA, Laconia baseball split key Flyway doubleheader

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WLA, Laconia baseball split key Flyway doubleheader

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A crucial Flway-Conference baseball doublehader took place in Rosendale Saturday, pitting league-leader Winnebago Lutheran against second-place Laconia.

The Vikings won a pitcher’s dual of a game 1, 1-0, while the Spartans bounced back to win the second game 6-2.

The split moves WLA to 13-7 overall and 10-3 in the Flyway, while Laconia is now 12-4 (10-4). Kettle Moraine Lutheran also is in contention for the conference title at 9-3 in the league.

Game 1’s only run came off the bat of Vikings’ Justin Serwe, who had a two-out, RBI-single to right field in the top of the sixth inning that scored Brandon Schilling.

WLA senior pitcher Maustin Otterstatter was nearly flawless, throwing seven scorless innings and a one-hitter with no walks while recording 12 strikeouts in 82 pitches.

In game 2, the Vikings led 2-0 before Laconia scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning — only one of them earned — and the Spartans added two insurance runs in the sixth. Jake Huebschman picked up the win, giving up three hits in four innings before Jordan Behm pitched three scoreless frames to close the game out.

“After losing that first one, I was glad to see the kids didn’t bury their heads or give up,” Laconia coach Greg Smit said.

WLA travels Wednesday to Omro, where a win would clinch at least a share of the Flyway title.

“We’ve put ourselves in a position as a very young team to accomplish our first goal — to win a conference championship,” Vikings coach Mike Seibel said.

WLA…000 001 0 — 1 6 0

Laconia 000 000 0 — 0 1 2

WP: Maustin Otterstatter (7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BBs, 12 Ks). LP: Taylor Weisnicht (7 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 8 Ks).

Leading hitters: WLA — Kevin Seibel 2×4 (2B).

WLA…011 000 0 — 2 4 3

Laconia 004 002 x — 6 5 1

WP: Jake Huebschman (4 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BBs, 2 Ks). LP: Lucas Muche (3 IP, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks).

Leading hitters: WLA — Maustin Otterstatter 1×2 (HR), Kevin Seibel 1×3 (2B). Laconia — Jacob Redeker 1×3 (RBI).

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