MARSHFIELD- The Marshfield Chaparral amateur baseball team snapped out of their early season hitting slump but belting out 12 hits in an 8-3 thumping of the Waupaca Lakemen Wednesday night at Marshfield’s Jack Hackman field.
The Chaps had to be itching to get back on the field after getting just five hits in two games last week against Plover and Eau Claire. Marshfield did get on the field against Everest on Monday, June 24th but that lasted just a half inning in rainy Schofield and has been re-scheduled for July 13th at 2 pm.
The Chaps ended Wednesday’s game early when they struck in their half of the first inning on a lead-off single by Nate McDonald. Kyle Westhuis was hit by a pitch and Sam Schwanebeck drove in McDonald with a single. Justin Rayburn, making his season debut after recovering from an Achilles’ injury last winter, got an RBI groundout to second to make it 2-0. Jason’s Kurth single plated Schwanebeck and the Chaps were off and running at 3-0.
The Chaps got all the runs they would need when they came to bat in the second. After two outs Westhuis reached on an error and promptly stole second. Luke Wirtz singled to put runners on the corners before Schwanebeck bashed a double for his third RBI of the game. Schwanebeck has nine RBI on the season to lead the Chaps in that category. Those RBI came in just two games as Schwanebeck previously had driven in six against Tomahawk.
The Chaps led 6-0.
The Lakemen got on the board in third off Chap starter Connor Jasurda when Joe Popham got a single. Walker Smith reached on an error and Luke Behm got drilled by Jasurda to load the bases. Branden Canterbury bounced out to the third baseman, scoring the run and the Lakemen were on the board at 6-1.
The Chaps got a single run in the fourth on a couple wild pitches chasing Waupaca starter Joe Nelson and another solo tally in the sixth on an RBI single by Hunter Korger who had replaced Rayburn.
Meanwhile, Jasurda was mowing down the Lakemen getting seven strikeouts on two bases on balls and surrendering only four hits in his seven innings on the hill.
Kade Lancour replaced Jasurda in the eighth and ran into some trouble after an opening strike-out. He plunked the second batter before yielding an infield single. After a ground-out to the second baseman, Jake Popham plated a pair with a two out, two run double to provide the final 8-3 score.
Schwanebeck led the Chaps going 3 for 3 with a double, 3 RBI and two runs scored. Bobby Pilz went two for four picking up his 12th hit of the season, tying Kurth for the team lead as he leads them with a .545 average. McDonald went 2 for 5 with two runs scored and leads the Chaps in runs scored with 8.
The Chaps next game is Sunday, June 30 when they travel to Westboro for a league game at 1:30 pm.
Chaparrals 8, Lakemen 3
Waupaca 001 000 020 -- 3 4 2
Marshfield 330 101 00x -- 8 12 4
WP- Connor Jasurda. LP- Joe Nelson
SO- Nelson (3 1/3 inn.) 1, Tyler Dayton (4 2/3 inn.) 0. Jasurda (7 inn.) 7, Kade Lancour (2 inn.) 3. BB- Nelson 1. Dayton 2. Jasurda 2.
Top hitters: W-Joe Popham 2x4, Jake Popham 1x4 2B RBI. M- Sam Schwanebeck 3x3 2B 3RBI 2 Runs, Bobby Pilz 2x4, Nate McDonald 2x5 2 Runs.
Records: Waupaca not reported. Marshfield 4-3 overall, 3-1 Dairyland League.