This past Thursday, the Falcons traveled to Northwood for the conference title. It was a rainy, cold day but Flambeau came to play. The girls were playing smart, reaching and advancing bases whenever they saw an opportunity. Nicole Mateski and Shawna vanDoorn both walked in the second, advanced on a sacrifice by Taylor Moore After a pop out, Mateski was picked off trying to steal home. The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, with both teams getting runners on base, but unable to reach home plate. Northwood started their at-bat with a triple, and later scored along with another runner who reached on a single and was advanced around all the bases. The Falcons were unable to answer and suffered a 2-0 loss.
The Flambeau school was packed on Friday as there was a baseball game, softball game, and middle school track meet all happening at the same time. The baseball team was battling Lake Holcombe/Cornell. The score was 9-7 before the fourth inning where Lake Holcombe had the lead. Lake Holcombe was able to score eight runs in the 4th inning and dramatically increased the lead. “We had nine errors for the game which cost us,” said Flambeau coach Brad Cody. Chase Groothausen started pitching and left with Flambeau down. After that, Lake Holcombe scored the nine runs to open the game up. “We just seem to have errors that cost us huge innings. For us hitting Rowdy Kochever had a double and triple scoring twice, Chase had two hits and Justice Groothausen went three for four. We lost the game 19-7,” said coach Cody.
The Red Raider softball team played Prairie Farm on Monday, May 11. These two teams had just played each other on Saturday during a tournament, “so it was good to see their pitcher and who their hitters were,” said coach Doug Schmitz.
The Bruce Red Raiders have started to participate in a growing sport that is sweeping the nation; scholastic trap shooting. There will be one more week of shooting, then the season will be complete. As of Wednesday, May 13 the team was sitting at 3-1 in the standings. Teams do not need to travel to participate in trap shooting. Each team records their scores at their own tracks, then submit the scores. Each shooter fires 25 rounds. A perfect score then is 25.
The Bruce Red Raiders baseball team traveled to Clear Lake on Monday night for another very cold and windy game. The Raiders came away with a 6-1 victory to assure at least a share of their 12th straight East Lakeland Conference title. The Raiders can take the title out right with a win at Northwood next Tuesday.
Last Tuesday, May 5 the Flambeau girls went to Prentice for a non-conference match up. Nicole Mateski got on base with a single, advanced with a stolen base and scored on a double by Hannah Ludescher. H. Ludescher later scored on a wild pitch. In the 4th inning, the Falcons had four players single that contributed to the six runs that were scored. They were able to score three more runs in the 5th, When Mateski and Worden scored on a triple by H. Ludescher, who then scored on a passed ball. Prentice tried to answer in the bottom of the 6th when they scored five runs, but were unable to top the Falcons. Flambeau won 13-10, with Kelsey Schwaller winning on the mound.
The Bruce Red Raiders played a total of five games over the last week. They came away with wins in three.
After suffering a 9-2 loss at Luck/Frederic on Tuesday where the Raider bats fell quiet, the Raiders bounced back with two big wins in their Invitational Tournament on a beautiful Saturday for baseball. “We just flat out didn’t hit the ball over at Luck,” said Bruce baseball coach Larry Villiard. “Our top five hitters were 0-13 and that just won’t win any games. We did get a nice pitching performance out of Mitch Heintz but we just couldn’t get our offense going.” There were no shortage of hits on Saturday however, as the Raiders jumped on Mellen quickly with six 1st inning runs on only three hits, using four walks and two errors. Tucker Quinn had two hits and two RBIs in the inning. Mellen came back with two in their half of the first inning on two hits and a Raider error. It was total domination by the Raiders from that point as they scored six more times in the 2nd and 13 times in the 3rd. Mellen just could not get out of the inning. Carter Chafer hit a line shot home run off the scoreboard while Mitch Heintz had a double and six other Raider singles. “Mellen just didn’t have the pitching to compete and it got very ugly way too early,” said coach Villiard. The final score was 25-2, Bruce. In the championship game the Raiders jumped on the board again quickly, scoring two in the 1st as Tucker Quinn walked and Carter Chafer doubled him home and later scored on a Mitch Heintz single. The raiders added one more in the 3rd on another RBI single by Heintz. Bruce made the score 4-0 in the 4th as Jordan Kockelman doubled, got to third base on a passed ball, and scored on a sacrifice fly by JJ Garza. Solon Springs scored their only run of the game in the fifth on a bases loaded walk. The Raiders put the game away with eight runs in the 6th on four hits and five walks. The big hits were a two run double by Jared Weisser and a RBI single by JJ Garza. “We got a super pitching effort out of Tucker Quinn and Chance Brown,” said coach Villiard. “They both threw strikes and when we do that we can play with anyone.” The Raiders won via the ten run rule with a score of 12-1. Tucker Quinn and Mitch Heintz had an awesome tournament as Tucker went four for five at bat with six RBIs and Mitchell was six for seven with five RBIs.
Saturday night belonged to Mike Anderson at the Rice Lake Speedway. Not only did the Colfax driver top a very competitive Modified feature, he also drove Jerry Weigel’s Super Stock to a main event win, making him a rare double winner for the night.