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PLATTEVILLE, Wisconsin – With two of the hottest teams in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference going up against each other, something had to give.
UW-Platteville and UW-Oshkosh each carried six winning streaks in the double headers on Wednesday at Kendall Murray Field, and in the end the Titans’ offensive power in 11-3 and 11-7 games proved too much for the Pioneers.
“We’re a young program with newbies all over the field,” said Platteville head coach Chad Harris. “We learn and grow every game, and right now that’s our goal – learn from our mistakes and get better with every game.”
The Titans took an early lead with a triple second inning. Connor Giusti led with a single followed by a walk, and Jake Andersen roped a double with two runs and later hit on a wild field.
UW-P responded in the lower half when Ross Krist first smashed a one-hopper that was too hot to handle. Wyatt Molitor followed with a single and Logan Kozak followed with an RBI single to come within 3-1.
Oshkosh responded with two more runs, supported by two runs and two hits, to immediately open his lead to 5-1.
The Pioneers tried to recover in sixth place behind a Jonny Kelso doubles, Jason Adams singles, and Austin Pullara doubles to come within 5-3. But the Titans closed the door when they completed six runs in the last three frames to take down Game 1.
“It’s the mark of a young team,” said Harris. “We lost a few in a row, then we won six in a row. If you have a young team you will be very streaky. We work hard from top to bottom and we will make it. “
UW-P jumped to the top early in the nightcap with a run in the second inning. Pullara led with a single, Krist was hit by a pitch and Logan Kozak delivered an RBI single to take a 1-0 advantage. The lead was short-lived, however, as Oshkosh took a lead with a third run in four.
Three of the first four Batters reached with a walk and the Titans added three hits to take command.
Visitors added individual runs in the fifth and sixth runs to build on them before another four-run breakout occurred in the seventh inning.
Jarrett Sheelk led the inning with a solo bang, followed by a double from Matt Scherrman. Giusti scored a mistake and Chase Marsh dealt the big blow with a towering homer from three runs over the left field fence to take a 10-2 lead.
Platteville tried to rally in the lower half when Kelso drove off with what was undoubtedly a homer of his own. Successive walks followed, and Wyatt Molitor delivered a double with two runs to bring the pioneers closer.
Mitchell McLaughlin, who finished 10-5, made matters even more interesting when he brought Molitor home with two hits to bring the deficit down to three. It was as close as the Pioneers would only expect, however, as the Titan Relivers kept them goalless for the last two innings.
Despite the losses, Kelso is confident that he will face the double-header rematch against Oshkosh on Saturday.
“We are very confident that we can get two wins on Saturday,” he said. “We have to do what we did in the last game towards the end of the game. It was just too late. “
Oshkosh’s shortstop Matt Scherrman, who was a major part of the sweep with four hits and four runs scored, played for the Farley Hawks in Dubuque last summer and is a semi-professional. Scherrman’s grandfather Paul is Farley’s longtime manager.
“It was fantastic,” said Scherrman. “I got to stay with my grandparents all summer and we just had a great summer. It was about as perfect as it could have been imagined. “
Though he hasn’t ruled out playing a few early games for Farley, Scherrman will play with Western Dubuque alumni Kyle Lehman and Casey Perrenoud in the Prospect League’s Clinton Lumberkings this summer.