Friday’s action in Norwood: Pitching holds key to both games

Posted August 18, 2017. 11:30 p.m.

Written by Erik Steffenson

Friday 8/18:

5:00 pm- Sobieski Skis (4) v. Springfield Tigers (1)

Tyler Jendro shines in opening game

When anyone faces the Sobieski Skis, the name Tyler Jendro will usually strike fear into most teams. He opened up the night in Norwood-Young America going the distance allowing only five base hits, one run, and striking out six. The Skis offense managed to get four runs to back up Jendro which was enough to get by the Springfield Tigers in the opening round.

“We’ve got a solid defense and really it’s about attacking the hitters and not giving them any freebies” Jendro said about his team.

The game started with leadoff single from Beau Hanowski who would score two batters later on a Scott Litchy single. Springfield responded in the bottom frame with a sacrifice fly from Pat Moriarty to tie it.

Colin Eckman crushed the first pitch of the second inning over the left field fence to give the Skis a 2-1 lead which they never trailed the rest of the way. Joey Hanowski had an RBI single in the third inning and laid down a successful suicide squeeze bunt in the seventh inning to add two insurance runs for the Skis.

Scott Anderson started for the Tigers allowing seven hits and three run before giving way to 16-year-old Isaac Fink with two outs in the fourth inning. Fink went the rest of the way allowing only one hit and one run in very quality relief.

Sobieski will go on to play Plato next Saturday in Green Isle.

7:30 pm- New Prague Orioles (5) v. Watkins Clippers (2)

Fuerniss’ home run gives O’s the first round win

The second game was a fantastic pitching duel to see. Nick Sprouls started for New Prague as he went 7 ⅓ innings only allowing 4 hits and two runs. Matt Geislinger was the king of the hill for the Clippers as he went all nine innings striking out fourteen hitters, but it was not enough as the Orioles got to him in the ninth.

The first runs for both teams were scored on wild pitches early in the game. In the sixth inning Watkins took a 2-1 lead on a solo shot by Dan Sargent as he blasted it over the scoreboard. New Prague would get a run back in the eighth when James Fuerniss led off with a single and scored three plays later on a trickle up the middle by Dan Novak.

In the ninth inning it started with Jake Klein’s third single of the game and was sacrificed over to second base. A misstep from Geislinger led to a batter being hit and it was second and first with one out. Austin Bachman then popped out to make it two outs. James Fuerniss stepped up big and cranked a home run to left field to make it 5-2.

In his 2nd season with the team Fuerniss had this to say about being the hero: “It’s amazing what you can scrap up sometimes. He threw me a changeup and I just happened to get in front of it. It was definitely a pitcher’s game tonight though.”

Drafted from the Montgomery Mallards, Trevor Smisek tossed the final five outs for New Prague including three strikouts in the ninth to earn the win.

New Prague will play Chokio on Sunday in Norwood.

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