CAMPBELLSPORT – The final Eastern Wisconsin Conference game for the Campbellsport baseball team didn’t turn out as planned.
But despite playing far from their best, the Cougars nearly completed a rally against Kewaskum. Unfortunately it came up just short.
In an ugly contest that featured a combined seven errors, it was Kewaskum that was able to hold on for a sloppy victory, defeating Campbellsport 7-6 Friday evening.
“We left some plays out on defense,” Campbellsport coach Kyle Twohig said. “We missed out on a double play ball that could have gotten out of an inning, missed a popup. The kids kept battling and it was kind of good that they got through those errors and made it a winnable ballgame for us at the end.”
Friday’s contest was the last EWC game for both Campbellsport and Kewaskum as the two schools move into the newly-formed East Central Conference next season.
It wasn’t exactly a work of art for either team in their EWC finales.
After a scoreless first inning, Campbellsport (11-10, 8-10 EWC) struck first with a three-run second. A walk, an error and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases with no outs for the Cougars. It appeared as though Kewaskum (17-10, 14-4 EWC) had a great chance for a double play when Campbellsport’s Shaun Beisbier grounded softly to pitcher Mike Prochnow, but Prochnow’s throw home was way off — allowing two runs to score.
Beisbier eventually scored on a passed ball.
That was only a sign of things to come.
In the third inning, the Indians loaded the bases on an error, walk and hit-by-pitch. With one out, Prochnow grounded to shortstop for what could have been an inning-ending double play, but the throw to second base was wide — sending two runners to the plate. Two more runs scored on a balk and a sacrifice fly and just like that, Kewaskum led 4-3.
In the fifth, the Indians tacked on three more runs on four hits, with Prochnow leading off the frame with a triple and Cole Surprenant driving in two with a single. But the Cougars wouldn’t go away, coming back with three of their own in the bottom half.
Austin Narges and Collin Heltemes led off with singles before Levi Feucht ripped a single that got past the Kewaskum leftfielder for yet another error, scoring Narges and Heltemes. Feucht scored on an RBI groundout from Isaiah Fryman.
But Campbellsport managed only two hits after that and Kewaskum held on for the win.
“We’ve been a lot better at (battling back) toward the end of the year,” Twohig said. “Tuesday we had some adversity against Kiel and we came out with two wins. That could have gotten away from us had we hung our head. So I’m just glad to see the kids keep battling.”
Prochnow earned the win on the mound for the Indians, allowing eight hits while striking out seven and walking two. Jordan Dreikosen took the loss for Campbellsport, giving up four runs in three innings.
Sonny Johnson and Feucht both had two hits for the Cougars.
Campbellsport will need to regroup quickly from Friday’s loss as it prepares for the WIAA summer baseball tournament, which begins Tuesday. A No. 5 seed, the Cougars host No. 12 seed Cedar Grove-Belgium in a regional semifinal game.
“We have to take care of our business,” Twohig said. “We have to play good defense if we want to beat good teams.”
Kewaskum…004 030 0 — 7 6 4
Campbellsport…030 030 0 — 6 8 3
WP: Mike Prochnow (7 k, 2 bb).
LP: Jordan Dreikosen (3 ip, 3 k, 3 bb).
Leading hitters: Kewaskum — Dean Schlice 2×4 (2b, rbi, r), Prochnow 1×4 (3b, 2 r), Cole Surprenant 1×4 (2 rbi). Campbellsport — Sonny Johnson 2×4, Levi Fuecht 2×4 (r), Bennet Krueger 1×2 (2b).
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