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Ryan Shaw finished 3x3 on Monday night with two RBIs, but Royals rally not enough. Photo Courtesy: Robyn Austin

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Wausau Newman Catholic blew a five-run lead but followed that with a five-run explosion in the sixth inning and went on to defeat Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 11-6 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Monday at Witter Field.

Newman Catholic led 6-1 after four innings before Assumption rallied to tie the game with five runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Ryan Shaw had a two-run single, back-to-back of errors allowed two more Assumption runners to score, and Aaron Livernash tied the game with an RBI groundout, making it 6-6.

Newman Catholic quickly responded, putting up five runs of its own in the top of the sixth to regain control.

Nate Klement had a two-RBI single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jacob Pfiffner, and Eli Gustafson knocked in two more with a single to put the Cardinals on top 11-6, where it stayed the rest of the way.

James Klement struck out six in 5 2/3 innings for Newman to pick up the pitching victory. He also had two hits and an RBI.

Gustafson went 3-for-4 with four RBI, and Pfiffner and Nate Klement both had two RBI in the win for the Cardinals (6-5, 4-4 Marawood South).

Shaw went 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Assumption offense. The Royals fall to 2-8 overall and 0-8 in the Marawood South.

The two teams meet again Thursday at Brockmeyer Park in Wausau.

Cardinals 11, Royals 6

Newman Catholic 102 305 0 - 11 13 2

Assumption 001 050 0 - 6 5 3

WP: Josh Klement. LP: Connor Peters.

SO: J. Klement (5 2/3 inn.) 6, Tyler Ackermann (1 1/3 inn.) 1; Aaron Livernash (4 inn.) 5, Peters (1 inn.) 0, Nick Leberg (2 inn.) 1. BB: J. Klement 5, Ackermann 0; Livernash 3, Peterson 4, Leberg 3.

Top hitters: N, Jacob Pfiffner 2x4, 2B, 3B, 2 runs, 2 RBI; J. Klement 2x4, RBI; Eli Gustafson 3x4, 2B, 4 RBI; Ackermann 2 runs; Nate Klement 2 RBI; James Bates 2x2, 2B, 2 runs. A, Ryan Shaw 3x3, 2 RBI; Joey Moyer 2 runs.

Records: Newman Catholic 6-5, 4-4 Marawood Conference South Division; Assumption 2-8, 0-8 Marawood South.

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