Baseball Midgets Improve Conference Record

The Freeburg Community High School baseball team continued its string of playing tough opponents. The Midgets went two-for-two on the week losing to Waterloo and Kennett, while beating Wesclin and Jackson. Freeburg’s win against Wesclin improved their conference record to two-wins and one-loss with an overall record of seven wins and five losses.

     On Monday, April 1, the Midgets travelled to Waterloo to take on the Bulldogs. Nick Yeager got the ball for Freeburg and got through the first unharmed. Freeburg took the lead in the second when Brant Bowen singled. Tommy Speranzi and Jake Isaacs followed with walks to load the bases. Jacob Blomenkamp then cleared the bases with a double to right center for a 3-0 lead. Waterloo was able to score single runs in the second and third to cut the lead down to 3-2. In the fourth, Speranzi singled to open the inning and scored on a double by Colin Brueggemann to go up 4-2.

     The Bulldogs responded with a five-run fourth to go up 7-4. The Midgets made a run in the fifth as walks loaded the bases with one out. Blomenkamp singled to score a run and a sac fly by Brady Schmitz added another to make it 7-6. Waterloo’s offense was too much as they added two in their half of the inning and another in the sixth to go up 10-6. Freeburg could not plate another run and lost by that score. Yeager took the loss going 3.1 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits with three strikeouts. Blomenkamp led the offense with two hits and four RBIs in the game.

     On Tuesday, April 2, the Midgets were on the road at Wesclin to take on the Warriors. Freeburg struck in the first as an infield error led to an RBI single by Brueggemann followed by an RBI double by Seth Dean for an early 2-0 lead. Travis Bergkoetter got the start for Freeburg and was sharp form the get go, holding Wesclin scoreless through the first four innings. Freeburg got another run in the second as Cal Clossen doubled and was singled home by Isaacs. Another RBI double by Dean in the fifth upped the score to 4-0. Wesclin was able to plate a run in their half of the inning to cut it to 4-1. Freeburg got that run back in the sixth when Speranzi singled and scored on an infield error.

     Bergkoetter pitched through the sixth, and Bowen came on and shut the door in the seventh to lock up a 5-1 win. Bergkoetter got the win going six innings allowing one run on six hits with four punch outs. Brueggemann led the offense with three hits on the day while Dean, Bowen, and Speranzi each had two. On Saturday, April 6, Freeburg was once again on the road; this time going to Jackson, Mo., to play a three-way double header. The first game was against a solid Kennett team. The Midgets jumped on top in the first as Isaacs singled and scored on an RBI double by Brueggemann. Clossen toed the rubber for Freeburg and found some trouble in the first allowing two runs. The Midgets regained the lead in the second as Owen Smith led off with a double, and Carson Smith followed with a walk. Braden Fiscus then bunted them over. One run scored on a wild pitch and another on a sac fly by Isaacs to make it 3-2 Freeburg.

     Kennett rallied with two of their own in the third. Freeburg tied the game in the fourth on a ground out. Unfortunately, Kennett did not go away and was able to put up a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and four more in the sixth to go up 11-4. The Midgets’ bats cooled off after the fourth and could not keep up losing by the score of 11-4. Clossen took the loss going 3.2 innings allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits and four strikeouts. Brueggemann led the offense with two hits in the game.

     In the second game of the day, Freeburg was facing an opponent that came one game away from state a year ago in Missouri’s top division. Bowen got the ball for Freeburg and pitched masterfully from the beginning. Freeburg took an early lead in the bottom of the second as Brueggemann and Dean walked before an RBI infield single by Paden Muskopf put the Midgets up 1-0.

     In the fourth, Bowen drew a two-out walk and scored on a double by Muskopf. Then in the fifth, O. Smith was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Isaacs. Bowen made sure that lead held as he only gave up a single run in the sixth before he was able to close out the complete game 3-1 victory. Bowen earned the win going all seven innings allowing one run on seven hits and two strikeouts. Muskopf led the offense going 3-3 while Isaacs added two hits.

     Upcoming games: April 11 against Carlyle; April 13 against Greenville, Piasa Southwest; and April 16 at Salem.

April 1

Freeburg 0 3 0 1 2 0 0 –  6

Waterloo 0 1 1 5 2 1 x – 10

Freeburg: Isaacs 1-2, r, bb-3, sb; Blomenkamp 2-4, 2b, rbi-4, bb; Brueggemann 1-3, rbi, bb; Bowen 1-3, r, bb, sb; Benkendorf 1-1; Speranzi 1-2, r-3, bb-2, sb. LP: Yeager ip-3.1, h-6, r-5, eer-4, k-3, bb-1.

April 2

Freeburg 2 1 0 0 1 1 0 –  5

Wesclin 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 –  1

Freeburg: Isaacs 1-4, r, rbi, sb; Brueggemann 3-3, r-2, rbi, bb; Dean 2-4, 2b-2, rbi-2; Bowen 2-4; Clossen 1-3, 2b, r; Speranzi 2-3, r, sb-2. WP: Bergkoetter ip-6, h-6, r-1, er-1, k-4, bb-2.

April 6

Freeburg 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 –  4

Kennett 2 0 2 1 2 4 x – 11

Freeburg: Isaacs 1-2, r, rbi-2; Schmitz 1-3; Brueggemann 2-3, 2b, rbi; O. Smith 1-3, 2b, r; Speranzi 1-2, bb, sb. LP: Clossen ip-3.2, h-4, r-5, eer-4, k-4, bb-4. April 6 Jackson 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 – 1 Freeburg 0 1 0 1 1 0 x – 3 Freeburg: Isaacs 2-3, 2b, rbi, sb; Muskopf 3-3, 2b, rbi-2, sb. WP: ip-7, h-7, r-1, er-1, k-2, bb-0.

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