Riley Palmquist

A’s Suffer 8-7 Loss to Menasha

Posted: June 7, 2024

Despite overcoming an early four-run deficit, the A’s could never break the tie throughout the night. A two-out single with a runner on second for Menasha in the top of the ninth sealed the deal, handing the A’s their second straight NEWBL loss on Thursday, 8-7.

Menasha took a 1-0 lead in just their third at-bat of the evening, using a sac-fly to bring in a runner who had reached on an error to start the game. They extended their advantage in the second inning when they loaded the bases with two walks and an error by the A’s, then drove those runs in with another single and fly out.

But the A’s responded immediately in the second. Jacob Neese was hit by a pitch, and Chase Hanselman was walked to put two on with one out. Four straight singles for the A’s pushed across three runs, and then with two outs and the bases still loaded, Harry Steldt drew a walk to tie the game 4-4.

Menasha quickly counter-punched in the third with two runs in their half of the frame.

Riley Palmquist, who finished the night with three hits, collected his second RBI of the game in the fourth to bring the A’s back within one.

All was quiet on the scoreboard until the seventh when the Macs tacked on another run from another A’s defensive error. But the A’s kept battling and tied the game again in the seventh at 7-7.

Noah Imrie, who started the game for the A’s, took the loss, allowing four earned over three innings, striking out five. Jason Bunton, making his return debut to the A’s, was solid in relief, going five strong, allowing one hit and striking out 13. Riley O’Connell threw one inning of relief in the ninth.

The A’s now sit at 5-4 overall this summer, 1-0 in the Wisconsin State League, and 1-2 in the Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League.

The A’s will have Friday off, and then welcome the rest of their rivals from around the Wisconsin State League to Wildwood Park and Field of Dreams Saturday and Sunday for the Wisconsin State League Challenge – a weekend where teams all play one another in regular season games in Sheboygan. The A’s will face the 3-0 Kenosha Kings Saturday at 11 AM, and then take on the Addison Braves at 5 PM. Tickets are on sale now.

The 2024 season is presented by Meijer. The next Meijer Family Day of the season is Sunday, June 9 at 3 PM when the A’s face the Lombard Orioles.

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