Metro Wire Staff
The SPASH baseball team traveled to Chippewa Falls on Saturday to win both non-conference games.
The Panthers won the first game in come-from-behind fashion, defeating Chippewa Falls 14-6 and held strong to win the second game 9-7.
SPASH was down by five heading into the third inning but turned things around with a big third inning. Austin Beyer hit a hard ground ball to induce a Chippewa Falls error to bring Brett Ehr and Jack Kelly across the plate to start the rally. Mason King doubled to score Beyer and Dayne Hoyord. Justin Morton singled to bring in two RBIs.
Chippewa Falls scored in the bottom of the third to tie the game.
After a scoreless fourth inning for both teams, SPASH scored in each of the remaining three innings while holding Chippewa Falls to zero runs.
Ehr hit a single in the fifth inning to score Brady Franz and tie the game.
A sacrifice fly by Tristan Aldrich and a single by King added an additional two runs for the Panthers in the sixth inning.
Five runs were brought in by SPASH in the seventh inning with Kelly, Hoyord, King and Cade Konczal bringing in RBIs.
SPASH had thirteen hits in the game with Hoyord leading the team by going 4-for-4 from the plate. King led the Panthers in RBIs with three.
Logan Schulfer was the starting pitcher. Kaleb Schulist was the winning pitcher coming out of the bullpen pitching two and a third innings with no earned runs on two hits. Dylan Davis closed the game by holding Chippewa Falls for three innings with no runs.
SPASH was down by one going into the third inning and much like the first game, they had a big third inning. King doubled on a flyby ball to left field to bring in Hoyord and Ehr allowing SPASH to take the lead. Beyer then doubled to bring in King and Aldrich singled to bring Beyer home.
The fourth and fifth innings remained scoreless for both teams.
The Panthers had another four-run inning in the sixth. Ehr, Kelly, and King each doubled to bring in RBIs. Beyer had a timely single to bring King across the plate.
Stevens Point tallied thirteen hits for the game with Beyer going 3-for-4 from the plate to lead SPASH in hits. King again lead in RBIs with three.
Reese Gaber was the winning pitcher going five innings with six strikeouts, one hit, two runs, and three walks. Kenny Schultz and Dylan Davis both pitched out of the bullpen.
SPASH is set to host Merrill on Tuesday for a Wisconsin Valley Conference matchup at Bukolt Park with first pitch slated for 5 p.m.