The Boys of Summer are back, albeit four weeks late.
The East Shore Baseball League got the okay to finally start its play with a slightly revamped schedule and playoff procedure. Instead of playing two halves of a season schedule, the ESL will play a single half schedule with the top four teams advancing to playoffs in August.
Week one was highlighted by a big road win for the defending ESL champs from Howards Grove and a classic pitchers duel in St. Cloud. Here are game recaps:
HOWARDS GROVE 6 FOREST 3
Eric Reinemann’s two-run homer was key as the defending ESL champion Riverdogs survived a season-opening road test in Dotyville. Blake Schmidt doubled for Forest.
JOHNSBURG 2 ST. CLOUD 1
Before a large crowd in sun-soaked St. Cloud, Johnsburg starting pitcher Corbin Thompson outdueled St. Cloud’s Eric Feldner for the one-run win. Charlie Schnell had two hits and Owen Olson closed the door to pick up a save for the 2018 ESL champion Johnsburg. Travis Immel doubled and had two hits for the Skeeters.
CLEVELAND 15 CHILTON 5
The Wildcats made an early statement Sunday at Chilton’s Nennig Park jumping on Chilton for seven opening inning runs. Charlie Reschke and Jonathan Valdes backed up winning pitcher Will Madson with three hits each. Cole Woelfel had three hits and Riley Friederichs had two, including a double, for Chilton. Jake Criter took the loss. Mike Kolbe pitched in relief.
ST. PETER 10 MARYTOWN 0
In an eight-inning affair in St. Peter, the hosts had little problem with Marytown as Austin Wagner pitched the complete game shutout. Joe Brunette had three hits that included a double. For Marytown, Erik Hansen doubled and Carson Heus took the loss.
Mount Calvary had a bye.
This weekend has Forest at St. Cloud on Saturday at 12:30 pm while Sunday’s slate is highlighted by the 1 pm Howards Grove at Cleveland battle. Games at 12:30 find Marytown visiting Mount Calvary and Johnsburg invading Chilton. St. Peter has the week 2 bye.
Follow the ESL all summer long with updated standings and game recaps on our revamped website at www.iwantthenews.com, which will debut on Thursday, June 4.
Saturday, June 6
Forest at St. Cloud, 12:30 pm
Sunday, June 7
Johnsburg at Chilton, 12:30 pm
Marytown at Mount Calvary, 12:30 pm
Howards Grove at Cleveland, 1 pm
BYE: St. Peter