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Lutz had 'Major League' moment

Many area baseball fans know just what kind of an impact player he was in Wisconsin, playing on the diamond for the Lannon Stonemen and Milwaukee Wolf's Cleaners amateur baseball teams.

But not as many are aware that John Lutz had a brief movie career, too.

Lutz played shortstop for the New York Yankees, wearing No. 2 in the famous movie "Major League," staring Charlie Sheen and Wesley Snipes. A large portion of the movie was filmed at Milwaukee County Stadium.

The Milwaukee Thomas More graduate was one of several area players selected by the casting personnel to play for the teams featured in the 1989 blockerbuster hit.

Some of the other players included former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher and current color commentator Pete Vukovich, former Lannon and Milwaukee Wolf's Cleaners shortstop Dan Wnuk and former Wolf's Cleaners manager Dan Mikorski, who plays the skipper in the movie for the Bronx Bombers.           -Chris Schuck


Sussex splits, Lannon struggles in LOL

Sussex smacked around Oconomowoc's Land O'Lakes baseball team like never before on June 8 at Tetzlaff/Veteran's Field.

The Cardinals won, 16-1, in seven innings. The game was shortened by the LOL Western Division 12-run rule.

Tim Saskowski pitched for the Cardinals. He allowed just two hits, both to Oconomowoc leadoff hitter Chandler Ziemann. He struck out three and walked none.

"Sasquatch pitched outstanding," Sussex utility player Nick Ghelfi said. "He just went right at them."

The lone run for Oconomowoc came in the top of the third inning when Josh Hottinger reached on an error. Bob Bolson executed a sacrifice bunt before Ziemann singled.

Todd Johnson had four hits, including a home run, and five RBIs for the Cardinals. Bryan Laabs had three hits and two RBIs. Seth Kroenke went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Ryan Weissman and Cory Gasper each had two hits, and Tanner Johnson scored three runs.

Every spot in the order had a hit for Sussex against three Oconomowoc pitchers.

The Cardinals lost by a narrow 7-6 count against the Brookfield Bulldogs on June 7 at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field.

Travis Thompson pitched a complete game for the Cardinals, allowing 14 hits. He struck out eight and walked two.

Bill Gorman had three hits for the Bulldogs. Greg Basthemer was the winning pitcher, giving up 11 hits while striking out five. Austin Jones also pitched for the Bulldogs.

Ryan Weissman hit a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning for the Cardinals. He finished with three hits. Seth Kroenke also dialed long distance, ending up with two hits and two runs scored. Former Purdue University standout Ben Kaebisch had two hits along with player/manager Cory Gasper.

Lannon falls to Blue Sox

Lannon lost against the Brookfield Blue Sox on June 7, 13-2, at McCoy Field. Kyle Senft had two hits for Lannon. Tim Biron, Brodie Engle, Nick Erd and James Heinritz each had one hit for the Stonemen.

Troy Kenkel was the pitcher of record for the Stonemen, working into the sixth inning. Erd also pitched.

Nick Rechlitz, Tim Kahle, Bill Posteluk, Steve Bartlein at Pat Tobiasz all had two hits for the Blue Sox.

John Arnold was the complete game winning pitcher for Brookfield.

West Bend leads the Western Division with a 6-1 record. The Brookfield Bulldogs are next at 7-2, with Pewaukee sporting a 6-2 record. Sussex is 6-3, the Brookfield Blue Sox are 5-3 and Lannon is 5-4.

On June 14, the Stonemen are at Roosevelt Field for a 2 p.m. meeting against the Five O's.

West Bend visits Tetzlaff/Veterans Field to face the Cardinals, who host the Brookfield Blue Sox on Sunday.


Sussex, Lannon in battle for playoff spots

The Sussex Cardinals Land O'Lakes Western Division baseball team lost against West Bend on June 14, 9-3, at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field, falling to 6-5 in the wooden-bat baseball league this summer.

Nick Schreiber had three hits out of the leadoff spot for the Cardinals. Ryan Weissman had two hits, including a double. Cory Gasper, Todd Johnson, Tanner Johnson, Scott Carberry and Bryan Laabs each had one hit.

Taylor Paepke had a good game all-around for the Cardinals in center field.

Travis Thompson pitched all nine innings, allowing eight earned runs on 13 hits. He struck out four and walked three. Bryant Bullock pitched a complete game for West Bend. He gave up 10 hits while walking two and striking out two.

Sussex lost against the Brookfield Blue Sox on June 15 at home, 8-6. Ben Kaebisch, who scored a run in the bottom of the ninth reached base safely four times. Laabs went 2 for 4. Todd Johnson, Gasper, Tanner Johnson and Carberry all had one hit.

Schreiber pitched four innings for the Cardinals, suffering the loss. Thompson pitched five innings.

"We left too many guys on base this weekend," Sussex player/manager Cory Gasper. "We didn't have timely hits."

Still, Gasper believes in Sussex.

"I still think we're a team that's going to make the playoffs," Gasper said.

Stonemen roll past Oconomowoc

Lannon topped host Oconomowoc on June 14 at Roosevelt Field, 11-3.

Troy Kenkel pitched a complete game for the Stonemen, allowing eight hits and two earned runs. He didn't walk a batter, striking out eight.

"He did a really good job all afternoon," Lannon manager Bruce Mayer said.

Joe Erd, who finished the game 4 for 5, had a three-run double in the top of the sixth inning, when Lannon scored four times.

"That was the hit that really broke the game open; we've been getting a lot of contributions from our younger players," Mayer said.

Kyle Senft went 3 for 4 with three runs scored for the Stonemen. Zach Kozlowski, Dan Wnuk and Tim Biron each had two hits. Dean Haase, Wnuk and Biron each scored twice.

West Bend now leads the Western Division standings with a 7-1 record. Pewaukee is 8-2, and the Brookfield Bulldogs are 8-3. The Brookfield Blue Sox are 6-4, tied with Lannon. Merton, winners of a forfeit on June 15 against Menomonee Falls, is 5-4. The top six teams make the postseason playoffs.

Sussex is 6-5 and hosts Hartland at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field at 1 p.m. June 22. Lannon hosts Menomonee Falls at Joecks Field at the same time.


Sussex Cardinals shut out Hartland; Lannon doesn't play

Sussex player/manager Cory Gasper handed the ball to the team's seasoned veteran, Travis Thompson, on Sunday, June 22 at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field.

The Cardinals improved to 7-5 with a 4-0 victory against the Oilers (3-8).

Sussex scored once in the bottom of the third inning. Former Hartland player Nick Schreiber tripled to lead off the inning. Ryan Weissman hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Gasper walked and stole second base, but the next two batters, Tanner Johnson and Scott Carberry, were retired, ending the inning.

Ben Kaebisch singled to begin the bottom of the third inning. He moved to second on a groundout by Bryan Laabs and advanced to third on a wild pitch from Hartland starter Shane Browning. Seth Kroenke lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, putting the Cardinals in front 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cardinals scored two more runs as Laabs and Kroenke scored. Laabs singled and Kroenke walked. A wild pitch and a catcher's throwing error put both veterans in scoring position. Schreiber singled thereafter.

Thompson pitched a complete game. He didn't walk anyone and struck out nine.

Chad Dibb had four hits for Hartland.

"Travis was in command and was never really ever threatened," Gasper said. "Other then Dibb, they weren't able to do much offensively, and they also struggled defensively, which helped us."

The Cardinals host the Lannon Stonemen on the Friday, July 4, at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field. On Sunday, July 6, the Cardinals are at McCoy Field against the Brookfield Bulldogs. Both games are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

"These upcoming games are important for us," Gasper said.

Lannon was unable to get Joecks Field ready by 1 p.m. due to wet field conditions. Bruce Mayer said the field was playable by 3 p.m., but Menomonee Falls, which has forfeited twice already this season, was unable to field a team at that late starting time.

"Menomonee Falls has had a lot of trouble coming up with players," Mayer said. "We didn't want to make them forfeit. I thought it was better to just come up with a makeup date. They're in a tough spot right now without leadership, and have been in the league a long time. Hopefully once the high school season is over, they'll be able to pick up some more ball players."

Lannon is currently tied with the Brookfield Blue Sox at 6-4. Pewaukee is leading the Land O' Lakes Western Division at 10-2 and West Bend 7-Up has a 7-2 record. The Brookfield Bulldogs are 9-3.

The Stonemen play at Nixon Park in Hartland at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 6.

Mayer congratulated the Hall of Fame Induction of Dave Wnuk, one of the top sluggers in the 1980s and 90s.

"Dave was an outstanding player and person, and is certainly deserving of the Hall of Fame," Mayer said. "We've actually got a bunch of guys that will be coming up like Ron (Kozlowski), Barze (Jim Barwick), Tim Olszewski and, of course, Scotty (Scott Doffek)."

The Hall of Fame Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, June 26.


Western Division All-Stars dominate

Pewaukee was home to the 2014 Land O' Lakes All-Star game between the Western Division and the visiting Southwestern Division.

And members of the host team ended up being standouts.

Nick Wichser, the shortstop for the defending LOL Grand Champion Muskies, collected three hits in as many at bats. The Western Division clubbed the Southwestern Division 14-3 on June 29 at Tom Kopecky Field.

Former Pewaukee player/manager Kurt Sarcia had two hits for the Western Division. Brock Goetzke also had two hits for the home team. Goetzke, a former University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh player, had five runs batted in on two hits. Sussex centerfielder Bryan Laabs added two hits for the Western Division.

Adam Dominick, another Muskies' player was the winning pitcher for the Western Division. He won in relief of Merton hurler Sam Mulkey. Johnny Arnold of the Brookfield Blue Sox, Don August of Menomonee Falls, Greg Basthemer of the Brookfield Bulldogs and Nick Erd of Lannon also were called on for mound duty.

Brian Henschel of Burlington was the starting pitcher for the Southwestern Division. He was tagged with the loss after three innings of duty. Kyle Schmoker of the Ixonia Snappers, Keith Koehn of the Genesee Rebels and Matt Burke of the North Prairie Dawgs also pitched for the road team.

Aaron Benz of the Oconomowoc Titans scored twice for the Southwestern Division. Justin Yute of Dousman was the only player to collect two hits for the Southwestern Division. Koehn had a hit and a run scored.

Scott Blakeway was the manager of the Southwestern Division. Brent Williams, the player/manager of the Dousman Frogs and Pat Leslie of the Oconomowoc Titans were assistant coaches.

Western Division leadership came from West Bend 7-Up manager Craig Larsen. Mike Wichser of Pewaukee and Jake Calmes of North Lake provided assistance.


LOL playoff picture getting clearer

With just five weeks remaining in the 2014 Land O' Lakes Western Division regular season, the race for the six-league playoff berths appears to have just seven teams left in serious competition.

Going into this week's double round of games on Friday (July 4) and Sunday, Pewaukee leads the 12-team standings with a 10-3 mark. It is followed by the Brookfield Bulldogs at 9-3, West Bend at 8-3, Lannon 7-4, Brookfield Blue Sox 6-4, Sussex 7-5, Merton 5-5, North Lake 4-7, Oconomowoc 4-8, Hartland 3-8, Monches 3-9 and Menomonee Falls 2-9.

Currently, Sussex, last year's regular season champion, holds down the sixth and final playoff spot. It has a two-game lead over Merton in the win column, but the two teams are tied in the loss column. Oconomowoc and North Lake are longshots to make the playoff field.

The ultimate goal of the league's teams each year is to gain the top two seeds for the playoffs, which will begin Saturday, Aug. 9. The top two seeds earn first-round byes.

With three double weekends still to be played, pitching depth will play a key role. And that's where Pewaukee appears to have the upper hand. With the trio of Eric Schmitz, Adam Dominick and Brock Guetzke, the Muskies have arguably three of the top four pitchers in the league.

The Muskies also have perhaps the best offensive lineup in the league. Led by the trio of Kurt Sarcia, Nick Wichser and Guetzke, there isn't an easy out in the order.

West Bend was sailing along with a seven-game winning streak before suffering a huge upset at North Lake last week. The 7-Up put together an impressive run before getting knocked off by the Lakers. Pitching is solid at West Bend, and the offense is anchored by sluggers Mike Mueller and Billy Bynum.

The Bulldogs have been one of the most-consistent teams in the league for a bunch of years. Greg Basthemer is the backbone of the pitching staff, and Ryan Hinz, Kris Franzen and Scott Booth are reliable hitters for Brookfield.

Lannon, the biggest surprise in the league this summer, has gone 7-3 since losing to Pewaukee in the season opener. The Stonemen have gotten solid pitching from Nick Erd and Troy Kenkel, and the return of veteran catcher Dean Haase has bolstered the offense.

The Brookfield Blue Sox have a combination of veterans and youth that has worked well the last two seasons. John Arnold has been rock-solid on the mound, and veteran sluggers Pat Tobiasz and Bill Posteluk give the Blue Sox some punch.

Sussex, after dominating the regular season last year, has been struggling lately. Cory Gasper has taken over the managing position after catcher Scott Carberry gave up the job two weeks ago.

Merton is still very much in the race. Sam Mulkey is one of the top pitchers in the league, and Chris Price and Taylor Meyer lead the offense.

North Lake has made some big improvements this year, and Matt Gaberino is pitching well. Oconomowoc appears to be back on track after getting off to an uncharacteristic slow start. Hartland is another improved team very capable of scoring a big upset. Monches has three wins but has lost twice by a single run and one more game by two runs.

Menomonee Falls, after making the playoffs last year, has forfeited twice this season. Its status for the rest of the season is uncertain.

Schedule

Noon Friday, July 4

Pewaukee at Hartland

1 p.m. Friday, July 4

Brookfield Blue Sox at Brookfield Bulldogs

North Lake at Monches

Lannon at Sussex

Menomonee Falls at West Bend

Merton at Oconomowoc

1 p.m. Sunday, July 6

Sussex at Brookfield Bulldogs

Brookfield Blue Sox at North Lake

Merton at West Bend

Monches at Oconomowoc

Menomonee Falls at Pewaukee

Lannon at Hartland


Dolske in command in Stonemen victory

Sidewinder Jed Dolske, a former pitcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, had his command on Sunday, July 6, at Nixon Park, and that spelled doom for the host Hartland Oilers.

Dolske pitched seven innings, allowing six hits, all singles, and at one point retired 13 batters in succession, carrying Lannon's Land O'Lakes Western Division baseball team to victory, 12-3.

Lannon is currently 8-5, sitting fourth in the playoff picture. The top-six teams advance to the Western Division Playoffs next month.

Dolske struck out five. Three of the hits Hartland had came in the first inning, and thereafter, just one player (Shaun Sesvold) reached second base.

"Jed's been solid for us all season," Lannon player/manager Bruce Mayer said. "He's aggresive, and today he got ahead of hitters and then kept them off balance."

The Stonemen scored in every inning except the seventh and the ninth. In the productive eighth inning, the guests batted around. Nick Erd, Tim Biron, Zach Kozlowski, Adam Bigus, Kyle Senft and James Heinritz all scored. Kozlowski, the former Carthage College middle infielder, delivered a run-scoring double. Bigus, in charge of Lannon's Tri County Nite League team, knocked in a pair of runs during the rally.

No player for Hartland had more then one hit. Brady Williams scored twice for the Oilers (3-10). Shane Browning started on the mound and pitched five innings, allowing five hits and 10 walks. Tony Mueller worked three innings before Chad Dibb pitched in the top of the ninth.

"They walked a lot of guys, and eventually, we were able to bust it open," Mayer said.

Erd, a Menomonee Falls High School graduate, believes in the Stonemen and can foresee their return to the postseason, where the team's trip in 2011 has been the lone playoff appearance in the past four years. He's been a big part of the club's resurgence.

"We've cycled in some new guys, and I think we've gotten better, piece by piece," Erd said. "I've learned a lot in a few years, especially from some of the veteran guys like Dan Wnuk. He's a quiet leader, but if you have a question, he'll answer it. He's been in every position and every situation on the baseball field."

Bigus is also going through on-the-job training, in more ways then one, running the team during the week.

"It's been an experience, to say the least," he said. "I can definitely say I'm a rookie manager. You have to communicate every day. Night league right now is a chance for some of the other guys to play that don't get a lot of playing time in Lakes. I've been fortunate to have guys like Dan (Wnuk) Seth (Kroenke), who plays for Sussex in the LOL, and Zach (Kozlowski) to help me with baseball decisions."

Up next for the Stonemen will be two home games at Joecks Field. At 2 p.m. July 12, Lannon hosts league-leading Pewaukee (12-3). At 1 p.m. July 13, Lannon plays against Oconomowoc (5-9).

"We all believe in this team, and I think on a given day we can beat anyone in the league," Dolske added.

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19 Jed Dolske
 
Class:
Senior

 
Hometown:
Ripon, Wis.

 
High School:
Ripon

 
Height / Weight:
6-0 / 200

 
Position:
P

 
Birthdate:
09/18/1982

 
Bats/Throws:
Right/Right

 

  Jed Dolske source: http://www.uwmpanthers.com/sports/m-basebl/mtt/dolske_jed00.html

2006: Topped the club in appearances (33), earned run average (2.33) and saves (7) while going 3-2 overall ... his 33 appearances was second all-time, his ERA for a reliever was third and his save total was fifth ... ended his career as UWM's all-time saves leader with 21 and became just the second-ever to appear in over 100 games (103) ... finished the combined 2-0 shutout in the season opener with a save against Saint Mary's (CA) Feb. 10 ... picked up first win of season with three K's in three innings against Akron Mar. 19 ... saved back-to-back games versus Butler Apr. 8-9, including three strikeouts in 1.2 innings the first game ... had streak of 11-straight scoreless outings Apr. 15 to May 6 that dropped his ERA by over a run and a half ... earned the win with a season-high 4.0 innings against Northwestern Apr. 25, allowing no runs or hits ... closed out a 5-4 win over Bradley May 10 with a save ... set UWM career mark for saves with 1.1 perfect innings in the league tournament against Cleveland State May 26 ... a member of the Horizon Academic All-League Team as well as the league honor roll.

2005: Topped the club with 28 appearances, striking out 29 batters in 33.1 innings of work ... tied for the Horizon League lead with eight saves ... his appearance total tied for second in the league and he was also second in games finished (24) ... moved into third on the all-time saves list at UWM with 14, with the school record of 20 within reach ... also moved into second on the all-time appearances list with 70 ... picked up a win with four strikeouts in 3.0 innings against Valparaiso Feb. 27 ... started April untouchable, recording five saves in six appearances, not allowing a run in 5.1 innings, striking out two while allowing just two hits in that span ... saved games on back-to-back days against Cleveland State Apr. 23-24 ... tied a season-high with four strikeouts in 4.0 innings against Western Michigan May 10 ... recorded the victory with an inning of relief against IPFW May 18.

2004: Key man out of the bullpen ... set school record for most innings as a reliever ... appeared in a team-high 31 games ... led the Horizon League in appearances ... worked a career-high 55.2 innings, fourth most on the squad ... won three games to go with a team-best six saves ... worked three innings to earn a save versus Kansas (Mar. 6) ... allowed no runs in 3.2 innings in save versus Bucknell (Mar. 19) ... won a game and saved another in back-to-back games at Indiana State on Marc. 27-28 ... earned the win in relief over Butler on Apr. 10 ... allowed just two earned runs in 13 inning stretch from May 1 through May 26 ... worked a season-high four innings in the season finale versus Butler (May 27).

2003: Sat out the season as a redshirt ... will retain three years of eligibility

2002: Made 11 appearances, including three starts ... Went three innings, giving up two hits and one run in first career appearance at Kansas (2/23) ... Retired the only batter he faced at defending-national champion Miami (3/20) ... Earned first career win with five innings of one-hit ball against Wisconsin Lutheran (4/11) ... Also struck out a career-high four batters in that game ... Pitched 3.1 innings of one-hit, shutout relief, while striking out two at Valparaiso (4/18).

 



High School: Was a four-time letterwinner at Ripon High School as a pitcher ... Amassed a 26-4 career record with six no-hitters ... Was an all-conference selection in sophomore, junior and senior seasons ... As a senior, was named to the first team all-area, all-district and all-state teams, and was the District IV Player of the Year ... Also lettered three years in football as a quarterback ... Led his team to the state playoffs for the first time in school history.

 



Personal: Undecided major ... Son of David and Renee Dolske ... Born 9/18/82.

Via FB Lannon Stonemen page - A very nice win yesterday as the Stonemen beat Oconomowoc by the score of 6-4. Jed started on the mound and went 5.2 innings, giving up 4 earned runs on 6 hits with 5 walks and 2 strike outs. For those of us who have watched Jed pitch in the past, the walks were very surprising. He is very much a low in the zone and paint the corners type of a pitcher who needs the strikes to be called when they a...re there. That being said, he did what all competitors do, and battled to keep his team in the game. He left with 2 out in the 5th and a runner on 2nd base in a 5-4 game. In comes Nick who induced a ground ball to 2nd to get out of the inning. Nick went 3.1 innings with no runs, 2 hits a walk and 4 strike outs. In the 8th he had 2 runners on with 2 outs and got a hot hitter to fly out to center for the 3rd out. After the inning he came to me and said he felt as if he wasn't locating his pitches well and was getting squared up on by the hitters. I thought he was throwing well and told him (the dad in me coming out again) to keep up what he was doing. He promptly went out and struck out the side in the ninth! That's what you need your pitcher to do in a 2 run game. Now to some other reasons why we won a close game. Defense was flawless today. Jed throws a ton of ground balls and the fielders were up to the task. We turned some double plays, fielders were hitting the cut off man keeping the runner from taking the extra base, and we were solid all day. Kyle was solid behind the plate again. I said in an earlier game how difficult it is to go from a submarine pitcher like Jed, to a pitcher like Nick with a great curve ball, and not miss a beat. To watch him catch you would think he has been doing it his whole life. He does all the big things (calling the game, blocking the balls in the dirt, throwing out runners) really well and is improving on the small things (framing the pitch so the ump can get a good look at it) with every game. Now to the hitting. They threw Tony Butler at us. For those of you who have been following baseball around here for awhile, he has been a premier pitcher for a long time. Nick led off the game with a double, moved up on a grounder to the right side by Tim and scored on a grounder by Zach. Then Adam doubled and Dan drove him in with the first of his 4 hits on the day. Getting off to a lead with a pitcher like that on the mound was huge. Nick was 1-3 with a sac bunt and 2 runs scored, Tim was 1-4, Zach was 2-5 with 2 RBI, Adam was 2-5 with a double, RBI and a run scored, Dan was 4-5 with a double, RBI and a run scored, Jason was 1-1 with a sac bunt, Kyle was 1-3 with an RBI and Joe was 2-4 with a run scored. Big moment in the home 6th. Joe hits a grounder in the hole between short and 3rd, Nick moved him up to 2nd with a sac bunt. Next comes a single to the outfield and Joe is off at the crack of the bat. There are not many scarier words on the ball diamond than the 3rd base coach waving you home while screaming, you got to get moving at the top of his lungs. The ball is coming in and the catcher is blocking the plate. Joe slides around the catcher and slaps the plate on the way by. No signal from the ump, so as the ball comes loose, Joe re-touches the plate for the safe call as the catcher is diving back for the tag and lands full weight on Joe's shoulder. BIG score in a one run game at the time. A well played game as the drive to the playoffs continues. See you around the ballpark!

A nice article in the Waukesha Freeman about Sunday's game.

LAND o’ LAKES: Lannon Stonemen 6, Oconomowoc Five-O’s 4

Veteran Wnuk helps Stonemen in victory Lannon 9-6 in LOL West
By Jeff Hagenau

Freeman Correspondent
LANNON — Dan Wnuk’s aggressive hitting made a lasting impact.
Wnuk, a veteran third baseman who hits in the fifth spot of the lineup, clearly emphasized that point by going 4 for 5 to lead Lannon to a critical 6-4 victory over Oconomowoc in a Land o’ Lakes Western Division game Sunday at Joecks Memorial Field.
The Stonemen, who have won two of their last three games, improved to 9-6 in league to remain in contention for a spot in the upcoming division playoffs.

"It was one of those days where I kept getting decent pitches to hit and just managed to make good contact,” said Wnuk, a 1980 graduate of Hamilton High School who has been a key contributor for the Stonemen for the past 28 years. “Coming off a rough loss to Pewaukee (3-1) on Saturday, it was important to come out fast, get some big runs and make the most of the opportunities.

“Throughout my time on the team, it’s always been about playing hard and building winners in Lannon. Even though we have a lot of new, young players who haven’t necessarily won a lot of big games yet, we continue to make steady progress in that direction. From that standpoint, this was an important victory that should only help our confidence.”

For Wnuk, being a part of the longtime rivalry between the two traditional LOL powerhouses has been special.

“Oconomowoc always plays with a lot of pride, so we knew it was going to be a challenge,” said Wnuk, who has competed on several LOL Grand Championship title teams for the Stonemen. “Being a part of it for so many years, I just wanted the guys to be aware of what was coming and be ready.”

Lannon collected its first two runs in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI groundout by first baseman Zach Kozlowski and a two-out RBI single by Wnuk.

Oconomowoc trimmed the deficit to 2-1 in the top of the second on a run-scoring single by catcher Kyle Sykes.

Lannon, who had a powerful, 14-hit attack, added a run in the second on a two-out RBI single from Kozlowski.

The Stonemen extended their lead to 5-1 in the third as catcher Kyle Senft delivered a key RBI double and Wnuk scored on a throwing error.

Center fielder Nate Osterndorf hit a towering, two-run home run and second baseman Chandler Ziemann had an RBI double in the sixth for Oconomowoc.

Clinging to a 5-4 lead, Lannon designated hitter Adam Bigus nailed a two-out, run scoring double in the sixth to regain the momentum.

The Five-O’s had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the eighth with runners on first and third and two outs, but fell victim to a frustrating inning-ending flyout.

Jed Dolske was the winning pitcher, yielding four runs on six hits with two strikeouts and five walks over 5 2/3 innings.

“I didn’t have my best stuff today, but my teammates played strong defense to get the job done,” said Dolske, a 2001 graduate of Ripon High School and former University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee standout pitcher in his ninth season with the Stonemen. “As players, we’re well aware of the past championships, so we’re doing our best to carry on that winning tradition. From start to finish, I just battled through the rough stretches and fortunately it was enough. I was just very proud of my teammates and how they responded to the situation today.”

Hard-throwing, right-hander Nick Erd relieved Dolske with two outs in the fifth, allowing only two hits with four strikeouts and a walk over the final 3 1/3 innings.

Erd was a stabilizing force over the final two innings, including three consecutive strikeouts to end the contest.

“It was a must-win game that should help get us in position for a playoff spot,” said Bigus, also filling in for Lannon manager Bruce Mayer, who was out of town attending a baptism. “Coming off of a difficult loss, it was crucial to bounce back from it and get a victory. Now we just want to take advantage of the momentum and keep it going.

“We faced a tough pitcher, got off to a quick start and never looked back. That was the turning point in the game. It was just a great feeling to see the guys build a lead, continue to make big plays and grind it out.”

Osterndorf and first baseman Josh Bouche each had two hits for Oconomowoc, which dropped to 5-10 in league play.

“Throughout the year, we’ve managed to hit the ball hard, but it seems like they’ve always been right at someone,” said Oconomowoc manager Jeff Rhoads, whose team collected nine hits. “Today, we just couldn’t get the big hits to fall and struggled to scratch out the runs when we needed them.

“We were in good position, but just didn’t come through with enough clutch hits to close the gap. The guys played hard, but today it just wasn’t quite enough.”


Lannon Hands Oconomowoc Another Tough Loss

By Dan Flaherty | 7/13/2014

A frustrating season for the Oconomowoc Five-O's seemed to be summed up in the course of a single afternoon at Lannon. A game that offered numerous opportunities to cash in instead ended up in a 6-4 defeat.

Lannon was able to get two runs in the bottom of the first. Oconomowoc immediately loaded the bases with no one out in the top of the second. Kyle Sykes then singled to right to cut the lead to 2-1 and the bases were still loaded with no one out. But it would be the last run of the inning for the Five-O's.

The Stonemen kept chipping away in the second and third. Zack Koslowski, the son of Lannon legend Ron Koslowski, had an RBI single. Dan Wnuk, the veteran third baseman who has aged better than a vintage 1961 Bordeaux wine, had four hits. Lannon added a run in the second and two more in the third to take a 5-1 lead.

Oconomowoc lefty Tony Butler bore down though and over the next gritty four innings, was able to slow Lannon to a single run on a 134-pitch afternoon. And the Five-O's came back. Nate Osterndorf hit a two-run homer to cut the lead to 5-3. Brett Marshall drew the second of his two walks, and then scored from first on a massive double to deep center by Chandler Ziemann. Even though the Stonemen got a run in the bottom of the sixth - on a base hit to center when Osterndorf came within a hair of throwing the runner out at the plate - it was still 6-4 in the seventh and the Five-O's had a fighting chance.

In the eighth inning, two men were out by the top of the order was up. Ziemann was plunked by a pitch and took first. Jeff Rhoads hit a line drive single to right to put the tying runs on base. Derek Nelson came to the plate and drilled the ball on the screws to dead center... only it was right at the centerfielder. If this game was a microcosm of the season, then this hard luck at-bat was a microcosm of the game. Lannon closer Nick Erd struck out the side in the ninth and the game was over.

Oconomowoc has two home games coming up the next two Sundays, against Hartland and North Lake. This coming Sunday's game with Hartland starts at noon, while the July 27 date with North Lake has been pushed back to 3 PM. The league's decision to flex the game into the late window likely means Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will have the broadcast.

 

 

 

 

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