Chaps defeat Dairyland league leaders
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals were back in the win column on July 16, defeating Wausau 10-1. The leaders of the Dairyland League struggled against starting pitcher Bobby Pilz, who held the River Hawks to just one run on four hits while getting the complete-game win.
Wausau took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning at Hackman Field, but Marshfield answered with four runs in the bottom half of the inning, thanks to a walk to Shawn O’Connell, a double by Hunter Korger, an RBI base hit by Jacob Neve, a sacrifice fly by Luke Wirtz and a run-scoring base hit by Nate McDonald.
Marshfield erupted for four more runs in the sixth inning. Nick Anderson singled to lead off the inning. After Sam Schwanebeck was retired, O’Connell singled. That’s when Korger delivered his second extra base hit of the night, a two-run double to give Marshfield a 6-0 lead. After Neve reached on an error, Wirtz served up an RBI base hit. Justin Rayburn followed with a ground ball out that scored Neve to push the score to 8-1.
But Marshfield’s offense wasn’t ready to call it a night just yet. In the seventh, Anderson delivered a one-out single. Schwanebeck then knocked one over the left field fence for a two-run home run that completed the Marshfield scoring.
Wirtz singled, doubled, and knocked in two runs. Korger doubled twice and knocked in a pair of runs. Schwanebeck’s homer drove in two runs. Neve, McDonald, and Rayburn all had RBIs as well.
Pilz pitched a complete-game win, giving up one run on four hits while walking three and striking out five. From the middle of the fifth inning to the end of the game, Pilz and the Marshfield defense retired 14 straight batters.
The Chaparrals improved their overall record to 7-6 and their Dairyland League record to 6-3. Wausau’s league record fell to 7-2.