Muskies sweep Dominican in dramatic fashion
Athletics - posted on 4/18/2010
SHEBOYGAN - Two games, two walk-off wins for the Lakeland baseball team.
The Muskies defeated Dominican twice, 7-6 (12 innings) and 4-3, in their final at-bat in a Northern Athletics Conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon at Lakeland.
Junior Cal Post (Appleton, Wis.) won Game 2 with a single in bottom of the ninth after the Stars (11-15 overall, 4-8 NAC) tied it with a home run in the top half.
Junior Andrew Schartner (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) walked with two outs to start the rally. After a perfectly executed hit-and-run by junior David Novak (Algoma, Wis.) put runners on first and third, Post ripped a base hit through the left side to score Schartner and end the contest.
Sophomore Garrett Morris (Janesville, Wis.) tossed the first complete game of his career and picked up his second victory of the season in the process. The right-hander surrendered just one earned run on five hits, and retired 18 of the last 21 hitters he faced.
"There were some innings I struggled, but was able to get out of a few jams," Morris said. "I focused on throwing my off-speed pitches for strikes. When I fell behind, I got hit."
Despite leaving 10 men on base in the game, Lakeland (15-11, 6-6) received timely hits throughout the game and jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on run-scoring hits from Novak and sophomore Stephen Kalina (Lake Villa, Ill.).
Post, Novak and Kalina each finished with a pair of hits.
"We got some timely hits all day, and I think our hitting in the first game sparked the team for the second game," Morris said.
Junior Brad Young's scorching, two-run single in the bottom of the 12th won Game 1 for the Muskies.
After Dominican took a 6-4 lead in the top of the frame, Lakeland opened the bottom half with a pair of singles sandwiched around a hit batsman. Post's RBI single brought the Muskies to within one before Young plated Schartner and Novak.
"I was looking for my pitch," Young said. "I got a fastball on the inner half, stayed short and drove it. We knew we had to do something in that inning and pick it up when they came at us (in the top half). We just played really well together."
Junior pitcher Jeremy Williams (Zion, Ill.), who came on in relief of starter Matt Katzman in the eighth inning, picked up the win in 4 1/3 innings of solid work. Katzman (Prairie du Sac, Wis.) scattered nine hits and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings.
"Our pitching has kept us in games all year," Young said. "Our starters were great and our relievers threw strikes. It's awesome that everyone's throwing so well."
Lakeland appeared to be in control of the game, leading 4-1 through seven innings, before the Stars posted three runs in the top of the eighth.
The Muskies had chances to win the game in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings, stranding runners in scoring position in each frame.
Lakeland scored twice in the bottom of the sixth with consecutive two-out, run-scoring base hits by Novak and Post. Novak and senior Jacob Heinemeyer (Shiocton, Wis.) recorded three hits apiece, while Young (West Bend, Wis.) finished 4-for-6 with a stolen base.
Lakeland plays the second date of a three-date home stand on Wednesday against non-conference foe Ripon at 1 p.m.
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