Comets sweep Foxes at home
Baseball teams open season
By Greg Seubert
After having its first two games called off, the Waupaca baseball team finally opened its season April 9 by hosting Fox Valley Lutheran.
It turned out that the wait was worth it, as the Comets swept the Foxes 10-3 and 8-6 in the season opener for both teams.
Vin Nikolai had three hits, including a triple and a double, in the first game, while Braden Ryan added two hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Jayce Koshollek pitched three scoreless innings to get the win, while Alex Pankratz and Grant Abrahamson worked two innings each.
Luke Schwenn got the win in the second game by holding the Foxes to one run over four innings. Hagen Rasmussen and Ryan also pitched and Abrahamson got the final out to pick up the save.
The Foxes scored four runs in the seventh to cut Waupaca’s lead to 8-6.
Pankratz, Nikolai and Ryan each had two hits. Schwenn led the team with three RBIs and Rasmussen added a two-run single.
Parker Krcmar caught all 14 innings and threw out three of six baserunners.
“Defensively, I feel that we played well,” coach Rocky Mondello said. “We were able to throw six different pitchers today and managed to keep their pitch counts low enough so they will all be eligible for our game on Tuesday vs. Clintonville.”
The Comets are scheduled to host Clintonville for a doubleheader Tuesday, April 12, at Lakemen Field with first pitch slated for 4 p.m.
Waupaca is off to a 2-0 start and is also 2-0 in North Eastern Conference play.
“All in all, a great day for baseball,” Mondello said. “It was nice to get on a field and just play.”