Sheboygan A's Baseball

Spurney’s Home Run Beats A’s

Posted: July 17, 2011

Sam Spurney ended a slugfest at Wildwood Park Saturday afternoon with a 2-run, 9th inning home run go give the Manitowoc Bandits an 11-10 marathon victory over the Sheboygan A’s.

The Bandits took advantage of a short-staffed A’s pitching crew to bang out 23 hits (second most given up by the A’s in one game in their 49-year history).

While the A’s pitchers demonstrated exceptional grit and determination, the A’s hitters did everything they could as well, battling back in every inning and finally taking a 10-8 lead after six. But Manitowoc would not be denied this day and Spurney’s home run gave them the lead. The lead became the win when the A’s had the tying run on second with one out in the bottom of the ninth and couldn’t get it across the plate.

Kevin Valerio had four hits for Manitowoc, and Max Stepan, Spurney, Brock Wetenkam, Tom Sawyer and Tommy Kawamura all had three. Colin Willis had three hits, scored two runs and drove in two for the A’s. Greg Rhude and Phil Kramsky both had two hits and Charlie Reschke, Ryan Solberg and Taylor Schwarz joined Willis with two RBI. Reliever Max Kramsky took the loss and Matt Shea the win.

The A’s are now 16-13 for the season, 6-8 in the Wisconsin State League and 5-7 in the Northeastern Wisconsin League.

They host the NEW’s second place Menasha Macs Monday night at Wildwood Park. They will be joined at the park by The Sheboygan Lions Clubs and employees and guests of Culver’s Restaurants. It is the first of a 10 games in seven days stretch of action.

The Sheboygan A's are members of the Wisconsin State League and Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League. The A's have helped develop more than 43 players that have reached professional baseball, including 2002 World Series Champion Jarrod Washburn (Anaheim Angels). All Sheboygan A's home games are played at Wildwood Baseball Park in Sheboygan. Connect with the A's on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.