WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Jack Klatt delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to complete a final at-bat comeback for the Wisconsin Rapids Assumption baseball team as it defeated Athens 9-8 in a nonconference game Friday at Witter Field.
Athens took an 8-4 lead into the frame after Hunter Haehlke had a two-run single in the top of the seventh.
Joey Moyer walked with the bases loaded, Aaron Livernash scored on a balk, and Connor Peters smacked an RBI single to bring Assumption to within one. After a pop out, Klatt connected on the walk-off hit to give the Royals the win.
Klatt also picked up the win in relief of starter Ryan Shaw, who struck out three in five innings.
Damien Haines had two hits and two RBI, Kody Lepak had two hits and scored three runs, and Haehlke finished with three RBI for Athens (5-5).
Shaw, Klatt, Nick Leberg, Livernash and Peters all had two hits for Assumption (2-7), with Klatt driving in three runs in all.
Assumption plays a Marawood Conference South Division game against Wausau Newman Catholic on Monday at Witter Field. First pitch is set for 4:45 p.m. The game will be broadcast live at zaleskisports.com.
Athens returns to action Tuesday for a Marawood North game at Chequamegon.
Royals 9, Bluejays 8
Athens 400 020 2 - 8 9 1
Assumption 300 010 5 - 9 12 2
WP: Jack Klatt. LP: Andrew Schaer.
SO: Kyler Ellenbecker (6 inn.) 7, Hunter Haehlke (1/3 inn.) 1, Schaer (1/3 inn.) 0; Ryan Shaw (5 inn.) 3, Klatt (2 inn.) 1. BB: Ellenbecker 1, Haehlke 3, Schaer 1; Shaw 2, Klatt 2.
Top hitters: AT, Brooks Kraus 1x4, 2 runs; Kody Lepak 2x3, 3 runs, RBI; Ellenbecker 1x2, 2 runs, RBI; Damien Haines 2x2, 2B, 2 RBI; Haehlke 1x3, 3 RBI. AS, Shaw 2x4, 2 runs; Klatt 2x5, 3 RBI; Nick Leberg 2x4, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Aaron Livernash 2x3, 2B; Connor Peters 2x4, RBI.
Records: Athens 5-5; Assumption 2-7.