By David Keech
August 4, 2017
Marshfield-– The Marshfield Chaparrals ran their winning streak to six games Wednesday night at Jack Hackman Field by downing the Plover Pteradactyls for the third time this season by a score of 11-1 in eight innings.
The Chaps concluded their Dairyland League schedule Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Spirit, giving them a 7-5 league record. They learned earlier in the week that that was enough to get them into the WBA (Wisconsin Baseball Association) playoffs. They will travel to Haugen on August 11 and play the Haugen Knights at 8 PM. Before that however, they’ll wrap up their season next Tuesday at Osseo and Wednesday night versus Eau Claire at Hackman Field in Marshfield.
“I think we’re focused, “ said Chap manager Justin Rayburn. “knowing we had to win out and knowing the playoffs are around the corner.”
The Chaps struck early when Luke Wirtz drove in Rayburn, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, with a single to left to make it 1-0.
Marshfield added to that in the fourth. Alex Steines hit a one out single and Bobby Pilz walked. Nate MacDonald drove them both in with a two-run triple and Rayburn scored MacDonald with a single making it 4-0.
Cale Cuddie, making his second consecutive start, wasn’t his sharpest but he was very effective. He struck out seven in his five innings of work and scattered just three hits. He did walk six Pteradactyls and Plover did leave a ton of base runners, 16 in all.
The fifth inning proved Cuddie’s worth.
After an infield error opened the inning, Cuddie coaxed a ground ball for the first out. That was followed by two more uncharacteristic infield errors by the Chaps. Cuddie struck out the next batter and walked the one after that. Second baseman Curt Englebrecht laid full out in shallow center to snag a line drive before it hit the ground and the Chaps were out of the inning with just an un-earned run.
“It’s good to see Cale back on the mound for us,” said Rayburn. “He worked hard to rehab after arm surgery and deserves to have success.”
Plover 000 010 00 — 1 6 3
Marshfield 100 340 03 — 11 13 5
WP- Cale Cuddie. LP- Kevin Jastromski.
SO- Jastromski (6 inn.) 2, D.J. Drohner (2 inn.) 1. Cuddie (5 inn.) 7, Ryan Metz (3 inn.) 4. BB- Jastromski 1, Drohner 4. Cuddie 6, Metz 1.
Top Hitters: P, Jason Jones 2 x 4. John Jazz 2 x 5, 2B. M, Bobby Pilz 3 x 4, 3 RBI, 2 R. Nate MacDonald 2 x 5, 4 RBI, 2B, 3B. Luke Wirtz 2 x 4, RBI, 2 R. Alex Steines 2 x 4, RBI, 2 R.
Records- Marshfield 11-7. Plover- not provided.