A’s Season Comes to a Close with 5-4 Loss to Kenosha
Posted: August 3, 2023
Sheboygan, WI – The summer 2023 season has come and gone, and the A’s are left wondering, “what if”.
Wednesday night, in front of rowdy home finale crowd, a 4-4 ballgame entering the final inning turned sour when the Kenosha Kings scored the go-ahead run on a double to left-center field. The Kings would win the game 5-4.
Dealing with player injuries and a depleting roster, the A’s hung tough. Digging out of an early 4-0 hole, the team started their comeback in the bottom half of the second on Brady Zackrison’s (Marian University) sixth home run of the season to make it 4-1.
Fast forward to the fourth inning, a single by Zackrison, followed by a walk to Jacob Neese (Parkland Community College) setup Brad Rindfleisch to help his own cause, which he did with a RBI-single to center field, scoring Zackrison. Riley Palmquist (Marian University), back in the lineup following a scary incident a week ago when he hit a foul ball that deflected into his eye, singled to score Neese and make the score 4-3. Bennet Becker (Carroll College) would then hit yet another single to score Rindfleisch and tie the game.
The A’s had their chances to take a lead, leaving runners on base in the fifth, sixth, and seventh, but couldn’t push the runners across the plate.
Rindlfeisch, starting his second game in three days, picked up career strikeout 500 in the game. He finished the night with eight punchouts, setting a new single-season strikeout record with 150 in 91 innings of work.
The loss ends the A’s hope of capturing the Wisconsin Class A State Tournament, which takes place August 5-6 in Marinette, WI. Joining the Kings will be the West Allis Nationals, Kewaskum A’s, and Menasha Macs.
The A’s finish with a 37-23 overall record. They finished 15-15 in the Wisconsin State League and 9-7 in the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League. They won the both the season-opening Play Ball Tournament and the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic tournament for the second consecutive season.
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.