The Bloomer Blackhawks baseball team added four more wins to their record last week. Bloomer played four games last week, Tuesday, June 1, on the road, they beat the Cameron Comets, 7-1. Thursday, June 3, Bloomer defeated Spooner, 4-3, at home and, on Friday, June 4, in a make-up double header from May 27 that had originally been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 2, the Blackhawks defeated the Northwestern Tigers in both games, 10-6 and 6-2.
Tuesday In Cameron
After an almost scoreless five innings (Bloomer scored one run int the top of the fifth), a five-run sixth inning led the Blackhawks to a 7-1 victory on Tuesday. The fifth inning offensive firepower was led by seniors Connor Hicks and Ethan Rothbauer, who both drove in runs.
Sophomore Keegan Yohnk earned the victory on the mound for Bloomer. The righthander surrendered zero runs on one hit over three innings, striking out five and walking one. Junior Connor Crane threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Senior Cole Schwab started the game for Bloomer. He pitched two innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out four and walking zero.
After four scoreless innings and two outs in the top of the fifth Bloomer finally got on the board when junior Jay Ryder hit a pop fly and reached on an error that sent Hicks home from third base.
To start off Bloomer’s big inning in the top of the sixth, Crane doubled on a fly ball to left field. Schwab then singled on a ground ball to left and Crane went to third. As the next batter was out on a foul tip, the runners stayed at first and third. Hicks then singled and Crane scored and Schwab held up at second. Next up, junior Marcus Harelstad walked to load the bases. With three runners on, Rothbauer came up to the plate and hit a homerun fly ball to left field to make it 6-0 for Bloomer.
Bloomer added to their lead with one run in the top of the seventh. Cameron finally got on the board with a run in the bottom of the seventh for a final score of 7-1.
Rothbauer went 2-for-5 at the plate to lead the Blackhawks in hits.
Thursday v.s. Spooner
On Thursday in Bloomer, the Spooner Rails got on the board right away in the top of the first inning, before retiring the first three Bloomer batters 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning. However, the Blackhawks quickly retired Spooner in the top of the second before getting their own offense started in the bottom of the inning.
First up, junior Jack Strand singled on a line drive to left field. With Crane at the plate, Strand stole second before Crane singled on a ground ball to center and Strand scored. The next batter flew out and Crane remained at first. With the next batter up, Crane stole second and then tagged up and went to third when the batter flew out. Hicks then singled on a line drive to center and Crane scored. Next up, Harelstad singled and Hicks went to third. Rothbauer then singled on a line drive to right that scored Hicks. The inning ended with the next batter and Bloomer leading 3-1.
Spooner then added runs in the top of the fourth and fifth to tie the game at 3-3. In the bottom of the fifth with two outs, Yohnk doubled and then Strand doubled to drive home Yohnk’s courtesy runner sophomore Braden Steinmetz to regain the lead 4-3. After that neither team was able to score and the Blackhawks came away with another conference win.
Strand was the winning pitcher for the Blackhawks. He lasted two and a third innings, allowing two hits and zero runs while striking out one and walking zero.
Rothbauer started the game for Bloomer. He allowed two hits and three runs over four and two-thirds innings, striking out seven
Strand led Bloomer at the plate with two hits in three at bats.
Friday Doubleheader v.s. Northwestern
The Bloomer Blackhawks stole the lead late in the game in a 10-6 victory over the Northwestern Tigers in game one of a doubleheader on Friday in Bloomer.
Bloomer was down 4-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Schwab doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring three runs.
The base paths were crowded in this high-scoring game. The Blackhawks collected seven hits and Northwestern had 12.
Northwestern fired up the offense in the first inning. Northwestern scored one run when Brayden Holsclaw singled.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Bloomer tied things up at one when Crane’s sac fly sent Strand home from third. Strand had tripled just prior to Crane stepping to the plate.
Schwab earned the victory on the pitcher’s mound for Bloomer. He went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out six and walking one. Keegan Yohnk threw two innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Blackhawks racked up seven hits in the game. Rothbauer, Strand, and Schwab each collected two hits to lead the team.
The Blackhawks fired up the offense in the first inning of the second game on Friday, when Strand grounded out, scoring one run.
Bloomer scored three runs in the third inning. Yohnk and Strand each had RBIs in the big inning.
Ryder earned the win for Bloomer. The righthander surrendered two runs on four hits over five and a third innings, striking out three and walking zero. Strand threw one and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
The Blackhawks scattered 12 hits in the game. Rothbauer, Crane, Yohnk, and Ryder all managed multiple hits for Bloomer. Yohnk, Crane, and Rothbauer all had three hits.
The Blackhawks played McDonell Central away on Monday, June 7 and Osseo-Fairchild at home on Tuesday, June 8. Both were non-conference battles. In WIAA regional action, #2 Bloomer has a bye the first round and hosts the winner of #3 Mosinee v.s. #6 Abbotsford/Colby, on Tuesday, June 15 at 5 p.m.
Bloomer 7, Cameron 1
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Cameron...........000 0001- 1 3 3
Bloomer............000 0151 -7 6 1
WP: Keegan Yohnk (3IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 5K).
Pitching: Cole Schwab (2IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K),
Connor Crane (2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K).
Hitting: Ethan Rothbauer 2x5 (Run, 4 RBIs, HR, 5 TBs, SB), Jay Ryder 0x3 (BB, SB, K), Keegan Yohnk 0x2 (2 BBs, K), Jack Strand 1x3 (BB, TB), Connor Crane 1x3 (Run, BB, 2B, 2 TBs), Cole Schwab 1x3 (2 Runs, BB, TB, 2 Ks), Jackson Simmons 0x4 (4 Ks), Connor Hicks 1x2 (2 Runs, RBI, BB, TB, K), Marcus Harelstad 0x1 (Run, RBI, BB, Sac.), Braden Steinmetz 0x1.
Bloomer 4, Spooner 3
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Spooner............100 1100- 3 4 0
Bloomer............030 010X -4 7 2
WP: Jack Strand (2.1IP, 2H, 0R 0ER, 0BB, 1K).
Pitching: Ethan Rothbauer (4.2IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, 7BB, 7K).
Hitting: Ethan Rothbauer 1x4 (RBI, TB, SB), Jay Ryder 0x3 (K), Keegan Yohnk 1x2 (BB), Jack Strand 2x3 (RBI, 2B, 3 TBs, SB, K), Connor Crane 1x2 (Run, RBI, BB, TB, SB), Cole Schwab 0x3, Jackson Simmons 0x2 (BB, K), Connor Hicks 1x2 (Run, RBI, TB, Sac.), Marcus Harelstad 1x3 (TB, K), Braden Steinmetz 0x0 (Run).
Bloomer 10, Northwestern 6
Friday, June 4, 2021
Game 1 of Double Header
Northwestern...........100 0311- 6 12 2
Bloomer....................000 154X-10 7 3
WP: Cole Schwab (5IP, 7H, 4R 2ER, 1BB, 6K).
Pitching: Keegan Yohnk (2IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K).
Hitting: Ethan Rothbauer 2x4 (Run, RBI, 2B, 3 TBs, K), Jay Ryder 0x3 (BB), Keegan Yohnk 0x3 (Run, BB, 2Ks), Jack Strand 2x4 (Run, RBI, 3B, 4 TBs), Connor Crane 1x2 (Run, 3 RBIs, BB, 2B, 2 TBs), Cole Schwab 2x3 (3 RBIs, 2B, 3 TBs, K), Jackson Simmons 0x3 (K), Connor Hicks 0x2 (Run, BB, 2 Ks), Marcus Harelstad 0x1 (Run, 2 BBs, K), Braden Steinmetz 0x0 (Run, SB), Gabriel Prince 0x0 (Run).
Bloomer 6, Northwestern 2
Friday, June 4, 2021
Game 2 of Double Header
Northwestern....001 0010 - 2 5 2
Bloomer..........103 0101 -6 12 1
WP: Jay Ryder (5.1IP, 4H, 2R 2ER, 0BB, 3K).
Pitching: Jack Strand (1.2IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 2K).
Hitting: Ethan Rothbauer 3x4 (Run, 3 TBs, 3 SBs, K), Jay Ryder 2x3 (2 Runs, BB, 2B, 3 TBs, SB), Keegan Yohnk 3x4 (RBI, 2B, 4 TBs, K), Jack Strand 1x4 (3 RBIs, TB, K), Connor Crane 3x4 (Run, RBI, 2 3Bs, 7 TBs, K), Cole Schwab 0x4 (RBI, K), Jackson Simmons 0x4 (K), Marcus Harelstad 0x3 (K), Braden Steinmetz 0x3 (3 Ks), Gabriel Prince 0x0 (2 Runs).
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