Errors allow Peshtigo to stay in game, beat Oconto Falls

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Miscues account for all 4 Peshtigo runs
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Four consecutive scoreless innings by the Oconto Falls and Peshtigo Legion baseball teams on June 21 finally ended in the top of the 10th inning.

Peshtigo’s Travis Plym reached on an error, stole second base and then advanced to third on a single. Oconto Falls pitcher Wes Brabant got the first out of the inning on a strikeout and then struck out the next batter, as well, but Plym scored when the third strike got past catcher Mike Manns to give Peshtigo the 4-3 lead.

Oconto Falls could not score in the bottom of the frame and suffered its third loss in five games.

“I think we kept battling well. We were put into positions, and Peshtigo put all the pressure on us,” Oconto Falls coach Alex Seidel said.

The hosts managed just four hits against Darren Dionne and Cameron Noffke but were aided by four Peshtigo errors.

Wes Brabant drove in Oconto Falls’ first run on a fielder’s choice in the first inning. A throwing error on the play scored Michael VerVelde to give Falls a 2-0 lead.

“Two runs right away, and that’s kind of the tone we’ve tried to set, but credit to their pitching,” Seidel said. “He was painting the outside corner. He had a nice little change of pace, change of speed pitch on our batters, and once he established that pitch. He took advantage of it.”

Oconto Falls extended its lead to 3-0 on a wild pitch in the fourth inning, and also threatened in both the seventh and eighth innings. The hosts were doubled up in both frames, once on a fly ball to center field and getting Kamdan Bloom out at second base, and again in the next inning on a line drive to third base and the throw beating Jacob Foster back to second base.

“We get some other line drives that land, different ballgame,” Seidel said. “That’s how it goes.”

Peshtigo answered with three runs in the top of the fifth. Two errors in the outfield while rushing to field singles allowed Peshtigo to tie the game.

“We talk about what moments are do-or-die moments and what moments are ‘settle yourself and get the balls in,’” Seidel said. “When coach Sefcik at the end of the game talks about the focus, talks about being smart and playing smart baseball, that’s what we’re talking about.”

Oconto Falls starter Mason Sefcik allowed six hits and no earned runs. He struck out five batters and hit one. He induced six ground balls over six innings, which made easy work for shortstop Bryce Peterson, who handled five of them.

“Mason always does a really good job of hitting that low part of the zone, better than any that I’ve seen on our staff this year,” Seidel said. “Today, he was working really well there.”

Brabant came in to throw the final four innings, allowing two hits and striking out five batters.

Mitchell Flett led Peshtigo with three hits, while Matt Delfosse chipped in two hits.

Peterson had one hit and three walks for Oconto Falls (2-3).

Noffke picked up the victory for Peshtigo, going six innings and not allowing any runs. He allowed two hits, struck out four batters and walked seven. Dionne threw the opening four innings, giving up two hits to the first two batters of the game, and then walking four and striking out one.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E

Peshtigo 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 4

Oconto Falls 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 5