Luther Prep splits with Lake Country
HARTLAND — The Luther Prep baseball team lost 15-5 before winning 11-4 in a nonconference doubleheader versus host Lake Country Lutheran on Saturday.
In the opener, Lake Country scored four runs in the first and five in the third to take an 11-2 lead.
Malachi Roeseler was 3 for 4 and Kyle Schupmann went 2 for 4 for the Phoenix.
Starter Micah Larsen was saddled with the loss after pitching an inning, allowing six earned and three hits.
“The first game was a matter of some inefficient pitching,” Luther Prep baseball coach Pete Kiecker said. “The game might have been much different if we had been throwing the way we normally do. We gave up a large number of free passes and if you add that to the fact that Lake Country Lutheran has some very good hitters the end result is 15 runs.”
Lake Country’s Jack Leverenz pitched all six innings and surrendered two earned.
In the game 2, Joel Schewe and Schupmann scored on passed balls in the first inning. Schupmann had an RBI groundout an inning later to make it 3-1 Luther Prep (7-4-1).
Schupmann popped out, but a run scored on the play in the fourth and the Phoenix scored two runs on a wild pitch in the fifth to go ahead 7-1.
Noah Eggert and Roeseler had RBI singles in a 4-run sixth inning, pushing the lead to 11-2.
Roeseler doubled and singled three times. Nathan de Galley was 3 for 5 with a run scored.
“Offensively, we were productive at the plate and on the basepaths,” Kiecker said. “We had 21 hits total in the two games. Senior Malachi Roeseler really sparked our offense. He had seven hits, two RBIs and scored twice. It was great to see senior Ryan Lange get his first varsity hit of the year on a hard line drive in the second inning.”
Eggert struck out five over four innings, allowing one earned to pick up the decision.
“We got together after the (first) game and asked ourselves if we were going to just lie down and give them the second game or fight back,” Kiecker said. “I was very happy with how our team responded. It started with a great pitching performance by junior Noah Eggert. He gave us four very strong innings of work mixing his pitches and staying focused. Jackson Lindemann came in with a 7-1 lead and worked efficiently to the end.”
Lindemann gave up two earned in three innings of relief duty.
Luther Prep’s approach at the plate is improving as the schedule ramps up.
“Our plate discipline has been getting better as we get into a more consistent rhythm with our game schedule,” Kiecker said. “Lake Country Lutheran is a very good program. To be able to get a split with them is a nice accomplishment for us at this point in the season.”
Luther Prep hosts Poynette for a Capitol North doubleheader on Tuesday starting at 4 p.m.
LAKE COUNTRY LUTHERAN 15,
LUTHER PREP 5
Luther Prep 200 012 — 5 9 0
Lake Country 425 004 — 15 10 4
Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-so) — LP, Larsen 1-3-6-2-2, Arndt 2-3-5-5-1, Ernest 2-3-4-4-2, Shevey 0.2-1-0-0-0; LCL, Leverenz 6-9-2-1-3
Leading hitters — Roeseler (LP) 3x4, Schupmann (LP) 2x4; Rupprecht (LCL) 2x2, 2B, Leverenz (LCL) 2x4, 2B, Schumacher (LCL) 3x4, Linder 2x4
LUTHER PREP 11
LAKE COUNTRY LUTHERAN 4
Luther Prep 210 134 0 — 11 12 3
Lake Country 100 011 1 — 4 10 2
Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-so) — LP, Eggert 4-4-1-1-5, Lindemann 3-6-2-1-0; LCL, Brazgel 5-9-4-3-3, Lindner 2-3-2-1-3.
Leading hitters — Roeseler (LP) 4x5, 2B, de Galley (LP) 3x5; Brazgel (LCL) 2x3, 2B, Leverenz (LCL) 2x4, 2B, HR, Schumacher (LCL) 2x4
2B: Kennedy (LCL)