A’s Cap Off Four-Game Weekend Sweep of Kenosha with a No-Hitter by Jared Reklaitis
Posted: June 19, 2022
The A’s desperately needed a weekend like this.
Powered by strong pitching performances in all four games, the Sheboygan A’s swept a Saturday/Sunday home-and-home doubleheader weekend.
Saturday down in Kenosha, the A’s won by scores of 7-4 and 7-0, then finished off the sweep Sunday with scores of 5-4 in extra-innings and 10-0.
The wins move the A’s to 14-10 overall, and 7-8 in the Wisconsin State League. The A’s currently are 3-1 and in first place in the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League.
After a shaky first inning, Brad Rindfleisch (UW-Stout Alum) settled in to strike out 11 en route to a complete-game victory in game one Saturday, scattering five hits. The A’s only had one extra-base hit in the game but also used seven walks to their advantage. Gus Walker (Marian University) collected two hits and a walk, scoring two runs.
Joey Pettit (UW-Whitewater) followed game one up with another gem, pitching a complete game two-hit shutout. Pettit, who made his first start on the mound, struck out ten and only allowed two free passes while being in complete control throughout. In his seven innings, Pettit only threw 76 pitches, 52 of which were strikes. On the offensive side, the A’s pounded out 12 hits on Kenosha pitchers. Ross Krist (UW-Platteville Alum) had two singles and a double, scoring twice along with Walker and Harry Steldt (UW-Stevens Point Alum).
Things shifted to Sheboygan on Sunday for Meijer Family Day, and the A’s needed some theatrics in game one to pull off the walk-off extra-innings victory. Down two in extra innings, Jacob Neese (Parkland Community College) and Jonathan Kim (University of Michigan) led the inning off with singles, then Justin Schnell (UW-Stout) reached on an error to load the bases. Sheboygan Falls native Jacoby Endreas (UW-Stout) singled to right to bring the score to 4-3 with the bases loaded and nobody out. After a fielder’s choice that resulted in the first out of the inning, up stepped Gus Walker who laced a shot down the left-field line to walk it off. Eric Schmitz (UW-Whitewater Alum) pitched the first seven innings, striking out nine and walking none before Mac Doherty (Marian University) pitched the eighth.
Game four of the weekend was never in doubt. The A’s took a four-run lead after the first inning and added two more in the second, two more in the third, and a final two in the sixth to secure the run-rule victory. Jared Reklaitis (UW-Milwaukee Alum) threw a six-inning no-hitter, striking out ten and walking one. The Kings sent more than three batters in an inning to the plate only twice in the game, once in the fourth when Reklaitis led the inning off with a walk before striking out the next three batters in a row, and then again in the fifth when Kenosha had consecutive batters reach on errors. Reklaitis was perfect otherwise in a spectacular outing.
The A’s will take Monday off before back-to-back home games in the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League Tuesday and Wednesday. The first 250 fans will receive a hand fan courtesy of Advanced Comfort Systems on Tuesday when the A’s host the Appleton Legends at 7:30 PM. On Wednesday, all kids will receive a free book from the Sheboygan Optimist Club in conjunction with the Mead Public Library. Hot dogs and soda are just $1 during the game, and fans can get one free general admission ticket to the game with a donation of a jar of peanut butter for Strike Out Hunger night in partnership with the Sheboygan County Food Bank.
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 Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.