The Chaparrals bats were buzzing last night as they defeated Plover 11-1.
By Malachi David – The Chaps started their scoring right away in the first inning. With two outs, Justin Rayburn was on first, when Sam Schwanebeck was walked. With runners on first and second, Luke Wirtz delivered a single into the outfield that would score Rayburn.
The Chaps were relatively quiet through the second and third innings offensively.
Plover, on the other hand, threatened to tie the game in the top of the third as they had the bases loaded and just one out. Cale Cuddie delivered a pitch that turned into a high bouncer to Sam Schwanebeck. Schwanebeck was able to not only field the ball and get the runner out at third, but also then fired a rocket of a throw to first to get the double play and keep Plover from scoring.
In the fourth inning, Alex Steines got on base with a single, followed by Bobby Pilz getting walked. With two outs and runners on first and second, Nate McDonald hit a ball over the right fielder to score Steines and Pilz. McDonald was able to turn that hit into a triple.
Rayburn then singled to score McDonald, giving the Chaps a 4-0 lead.
A few errors in the top of the fourth would allow Plover to get their first run of the game. Plover registered no hits in the inning, but were able to score one. Then with the bases loaded and two outs, Plover hit a shot towards second base, when Curtis Engelbrecht made a Top 10 worthy diving catch to end the inning.
The Chaps quickly smothered any momentum Plover may have gained with their run as they came out in the bottom of the fourth. Schwanebeck started the inning getting hit by a pitch. Wirtz then singled. Lucius Messerschmidt grounded into a fielder’s choice that got Schwanebeck out at third. Steines then singled which would score Wirtz. Messerschmidt would score off of a single by Pilz. Then McDonald hit a double that would score Steines and Pilz. The Chaps finished the inning with an 8-1 lead.
The Chaps went quiet again in the sixth and seventh before finishing the game strong in the eighth.
The Chaps finished the eighth inning with six batters, none of them getting out as the Chaps forced the 10-run rule into effect.
Cuddie finished the game with a strong five inning game. He gave up just three hits, walked five, and struck out seven. Ryan Metz closed the game with three innings pitched, giving up four hits, one walk, and striking out four more batters.
The Chaps had six different batters register at least one RBI, with Nate McDonald having four RBIs by himself.
The Chaps next home game will be next Wednesday, August 9. They will host Eau Claire at 7:30.