July 30, 2013 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - La Crosse Loggers
LA CROSSE, WI -- Don't count out La Crosse (13-10) just yet. The Loggers defeated Alexandria (9-13) by a score of 10-0 behind 12 hits and tremendous pitching performances by Cale Henke and Onas Farfan.
It did not take long for the Loggers to get after Blue Anchors starter Corey Fitzgerald. With two outs in the bottom of the first, second baseman Kevin Zak (Grand Valley State) doubled off the left field wall. Michael Katz (William & Mary) sent Fitzgerald's next pitch over the center field wall for his 11th home run of the summer.
The Lumbermen tallied two more in the bottom of the second inning. La Crosse native Bobby Juan pounded out a single to start things out. Shortstop Nick Day (Iowa) then reached on a fielder's choice in which Juan appeared to be gunned down at third base. UCLA prospect Chris Keck then flew out to deep center to score Juan. Following an Austin Rei (Washington) single, right fielder Mike Nadratowski (GVS) singled to right to score Day and give the Loggers an early 4-0 advantage.
Henke (Kirkwood CC) struggled to find the strike zone inthe first inning, but quickly turned things around. The 6-4 freshman proceeded to retire 13 out of 16 following his second walk in the first. Alexandria managed just two singles off of Henke, who also struck out four over the course of five innings en route to his first victory of the summer.
Manager Jason Nell called upon Onas Farfan (Ridgewater College) to come on in relief of Henke. The southpaw retired the last 12 batters of the game, four by way of a strikeout. Farfan also picked up a save in his Logger debut.
Back-to-back singlesby Eric Toole (Iowa) and Nadratowski got the ball rolling in the bottom of the fifth. Toole eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Zak. After Katz was intentionally walked, Johnny Bekakis (Long Beach State) hit a routine grounder to Blue Anchor shortstop Andrew Sohn, but the sophomore couldn't handle it; Nadratowski came around to score on the error. A balk by Andy Johnson scored Katz for the Loggers' seventh run of the game.
La Crosse would score three more runs, capped off by a Rei home run. The freshman catcher finished the night 2-3 with the big fly and two runs scored, not to mention his stellar defense behind the plate. Rei threw out center fielder Georgie Salem to help end a serious threat in the top of the first.
Nadratowski finished the night with a season-high four hits. He also added two RBI and a run scored in the 10-0 victory.
Zak, the other Grand Valley State product, also collected two hits in the win. La Crosse will be back in action tomorrow night against the St. Cloud Rox. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 with the gates opening at 6:00. Tune into the Loggers Radio Network where Micah Schroeder and Nick Rytilahti will bring you all of the action live from the Lumberyard.