Seneca baseball sweeps Wauzeka-Steuben in race for Ridge & Valley Conference championship

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Seneca pitcher Jack Gallagher throws a pitch during the Royals and Hornets baseball game in Wauzeka on Thursday, May 11. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

Wauzeka-Steuben base runner Gabe Kapinus (#28) looks towards the third base coach while Seneca first baseman Jacob Payne (#22) waits for the next pitch during the Ridge & Valley Conference showdown on Thursday, May 11. (Derick Kelly/Courier Press)

By Derick Kelly


Thanks to the always unpredictable weather that makes up the spring sports season in Wisconsin, the two Ridge & Valley Conference games between Seneca and Wauzeka-Steuben in both baseball and softball were both played during the final weeks of the regular season.

The first game between the two teams took place in Wauzeka on Thursday, May 11. The Royals wasted no time getting on board as they pushed three runs across in the top of the first inning. A lead-off and stolen base by Evan Payne quickly got Seneca into scoring position with no outs. Dawson Davidson lined a single to drive in Payne before advancing to second on the throw. Caydon Lomas struck out Briar Wall swinging for the first out of the inning before Gage Wall singled to score Davidson. Lomas then struck out Owen Oppriecht for out number two of the inning before Jacob Payne added another RBI single for the Royals, bringing in G. Wall to make the score 3-0 in favor of Seneca before Lomas struck out Damien Hall to end the inning.

The score would remain the same until the bottom of the third inning when Wauzeka would push a run across. Carson Redman led off with a single before Brett Wagner grounded into a double play to quickly give the Royals two big outs. That double play would come back to haunt the Hornets almost immediately as following a two-out walk by Seth Bunders, a double to left field by Caydon Lomas scored Bunders to make the score 3-1. Payne then got Cohen Redman to pop out to the shortstop to get out of the inning with only one run allowed.

The score would remain 3-1 until the top of the fifth inning when the Royals would put runners on first and second base with one out, threatening to break the game open. After Lomas struck out B. Wall for the second out and got ahead in the count 0-2, it looked like the Hornets were about to get out of the inning unscathed when a double by G. Wall scored Payne and Davidson to make the score 5-1.

Seneca would add three more runs in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by B. Wall that drove in Brennan Walllin and a single with two outs by Oppriecht scored E. Payne and Davidson to make the score 8-1 in Seneca’s favor. The Hornets would add a run on the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by Cohen Redman that drove in Brett Wagner but that would be it for the Hornets as the game would end with a final score of 8-2.

Leading the way for the Royals offensively was Davidson and G. Wall, who were both 2-for-4 at the plate with Davidson scoring 3 runs while G. Wall had 3 RBIs. E. Payne also scored 3 runs while Oppriecht added 2 RBIs. E. Payne got the win on the mound for the Royals after allowing just five hits, one run, and two walks in six innings pitched. He also struck out six. Jack Gallagher came on in relief to pitch the seventh inning and gave up one run on three hits.

Collecting multiple hits for the Hornets were Caydon Lomas, Cooper Lomas, and Carson Redman, all with two hits each while Caydon Lomas and Cohen Redman picked up one RBI each and Wagner and Bunders scored one run each.  Caydon Lomas took the loss for Wauzeka, allowing 8 hits, 5 runs (only 2 earned), and 2 walks in 5 innings pitched. He also had 8 strikeouts. Ben Bird pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief, giving up 3 runs on 1 hit and 1 walk. Carson Redman allowed one hit in 1/3 of an inning pitched.

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