Sheboygan A's Baseball

A’s Beat Manitowoc in Extras

Posted: June 16, 2011

For the second time in as many games, the Sheboygan A’s pulled out a 4-3 win in extra innings.

This time the nail-biter took place Thursday night at Manitowoc where the A’s beat the front-running Bandits.

And this time it was three A’s veterans who got the job done.

Grant Berkovitz led off the 10th inning with a line single to left. After he stole second, Tim Patzman moved him to third with an infield hit. After a strikeout, Charlie Reschke hit a sacrifice fly to score Berkovitz and make it 4-3 A’s.

Reschke got the game-winning RBI, but the real hero of the game was Taylor Schwarz who came on to pitch in the sixth inning after Connor Lenz took a shot off his pitching hand and had to leave the game. Schwarz pitched the final 4 2/3s innings with only a base hit and a hit batsman marring his pitching line. After his teammates gave him the 4-3 lead he came out throwing gas in the bottom of the tenth and ended the game with two strikeouts and a fly to center.

Manitowoc hit the A’s with three first inning runs, and although they had starter Eric Van Beck on the ropes in several innings, they would not score again.

Berkovitz’s 2-run home run got the A’s to within one at 3-2 in the fourth, and Derek Peake’s double scored Ben Stanczyk, who had singled, with the tying run.

Berkovitz with his single and home run and Stanczyk with two hits led the A’s at the plate. Brock Wetenkamp and Max Stepan had two hits for Manitowoc.

The win puts the A’s at 2-0 in the Wisconsin State League and 3-3 in the Northeastern Wisconsin League. Tonight they take on the Lannon Stonemen at Wildwood Park in their Fish Friday night game. Fish frys donated by A’s sponsoring restaurants will be raffled off.

Photos by Sue Pischke/Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

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