Sheboygan A's Baseball

Suicide Squeeze Beats Menasha

Posted: June 24, 2014

Bryce Taylor pitched a beauty, Mr. Clutch Chad Langley delivered again, but in the end it was Sam Mattheis’ suicide squeeze bunt that punched home the go-ahead run(s) in the A’s 4-2 win in Menasha against the Northeastern Wisconsin League defending champion Macs.

The win put the A’s in a tie for first place with the Macs. Appleton is a half game back. The A’s play at Appleton Wednesday night – after they visit Oshkosh tonight.

Taylor put on an impressive show as he locked horns with 2013 NEW Pitcher of the Year Jason Wierschke. It was 0-0 for 5-innings. Will Randerson led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and scored on Adam Grambow’ base hit.

But the A’s quickly attacked. Harry Steldt walked and Blake Fleischman followed with a single. Then after one out, Langley lined a lazer into left field to score Steldt and tie the game. After the second out, Mattheis gave the A’s a 2-1 lead with a base hit to left.

Menasha, however, is the defending champion for a reason and scored in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game.

The A’s got their win in the ninth inning when after one out, Langley walked and Jordan DeBoer singled, sending Cole Miklevcic, on to pinch run for Langley, to third. Then came Mattheis’ second opportunity to shine and the A’s third year player delivered the suicide squeeze bunt that skipper Tyler Martin asked of him and took off for first while Miklavcic charged the plate, arriving untouched with the go ahead run. Too late to do anything about the run, Randerson, Menasha’s catcher, Randerson, usually one of the most reliable receivers in the league, threw wildly to first and DeBoer raced home on the play as well with an insurance run.

The 4-2 lead turned out to be the final score as Brandon Winfield came on in the ninth and struck out the side although an error and a walk made it interesting. Taylor held the hard hitting Macs in check giving up six hits through his eight innings. Colin Willis had two hits for the A’s and Mattheis his two game-deciding runs batted in.

The A’s head for Oshkosh in a game that counts in the Wisconsin State and Northeastern Wisconsin League standings. The A’s bring a 14-7 mark into the game. Ben Stanzyk is scheduled to start.

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