Jagodinsky helps Roncalli break out of offensive slump

Jagodinsky helps Roncalli break out of offensive slump


Jagodinsky helps Roncalli break out of offensive slump




After scoring a total of three runs in the last four games combined, Roncalli’s offense came alive on Tuesday afternoon.

The Jets used a six-run third inning to take the lead on Olympian Conference rival Valders and snapped the four-game losing skid with a 9-2 victory.

“We haven’t been hitting the ball well the last four games,” Roncalli coach Dennis Vogel said. “Everybody hit the ball tonight. We had clutch hits tonight when we had guys on base. … Hopefully we broke out of our hitting slump tonight.”

Trailing 1-0 entering the third inning, the Jets pushed their first two runs across on bases-loaded walks. Steve Vogel then drilled a two-run single, followed by Jordan Jagodinsky’s two-run double to the right-center field gap.

Jagodinsky also had a RBI-single in the sixth and later scored on Brett Bahrs’ two-run single. Jagodinsky, Bahrs and Vogel each finished with two hits.

That was more than enough offense for Bahrs, who struck out seven and did not allow an earned run in the game. He surrendered just three hits – a double by Ben Behnke and singles by Trent Sundsmo and Zach Schuh.

“I told the kids, you have to tip the cap to Brett. He’s a good pitcher,” Valders co-head coach Jessie Dallas said. “We can scrape out a hit here or a hit there, but you can’t string them together and that’s what you have to do to score some runs.”

After the game, the HTR caught with Roncalli’s Jagodinsky, who finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and talked about his day at the plate and the team’s win.

HTR: It was a nice game for you today, did you just feel good at the plate?

Jordan Jagodinsky: Yeah, I felt like really preparing this week in hitting. Did some different stuff in the cage, tried a different bat and just tried to feel where it is.

HTR: How good did that double feel and how much confidence do you get from hitting a shot like that?

JJ: It felt really good. I’ve been striking out lately and something like that really boosts the confidence.

HTR: When you strike out the first time out, does that weigh on your mind when you come up again or do you just forget about it?

JJ: I try to forget about it. I try to see what I did wrong, maybe missing a curve ball for the next time. Really, I’m just looking for a pitch to hit.

HTR: How about you and Steve (Vogel) at the No. 8 and No. 9 slots each having good nights?

JJ: A little 1-2 punch action there. A combined four hits from the bottom (of the batting order). You can’t go wrong with that.

HTR: How important is that to get production up and down the lineup?

JJ: It really builds a strong team. It makes us very competitive and makes us able to score runs when we need to.

HTR: How big a win is this to beat one of the top teams in the conference in Valders?

JJ: It feels good. We started out with a big win against Reedsville and Mishicot and we just have been falling off lately. This really helps getting back to practice, giving it 100 percent and getting back at it and back on track.

HTR: Does a win like this maybe get you guys back on a winning streak?

JJ: I think it will. We’ll see next week. We have three tough games, but we’ll just get after it this week in practice.

HTR: What’s it like with Brett on the mound? Do you feel like if you can get some runs, he’ll make it stand up?

JJ: Brett’s been doing a really great job this year. He’s been holding teams to just a couple of runs each game, maybe, in every game he’s pitched. We just haven’t been able to get the offensive production for him lately. He’s really been phenomenal this year.

HTR: What are the goals now for the season? Can you turn things around and make a run for a strong finish in the Olympian?

JJ: I think we have a good chance to finish at the top of the conference. Maybe not right at the top but (among the top teams). Get in a good spot for a good playoff run.

Steve Clark: (920) 426-6659 or sclark@gannett.com


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