The Antigo Varsity Red Robin traveled to Rhinelander, sweeping a twin bill from the Hodag’s and wrapping up an outright Great Northern Conference Championship. The Robins shut-out Rhinelander in game 1 by a 5-0 score while sneaking away with a 10-9 win in game 2.
Antigo jumped on top in game 1 in the top of the 1st inning on a 2 out, 2 RBI triple by Nick Marshall scoring Wade Farmer who reached on an error and Brady Tatro who singled for the Robins.
The score would remain 2-0 until the 5th inning with each team threatening to score before then including Antigo leaving the bases loaded in the 3rd inning. Wade Farmer lead off the inning with a walk and would score on a Garrett Held single and an error on the Rhinelander 2nd baseman making it 3-0 Robins.
Antigo would get to Hodag reliever Liam Stevens for 2 more runs in the top of the 6th stinging together 4 consecutive singles by Luke Schroeder, Farmer, Tatro and Held, with Tatro and Held each driving in a run putting the Robins on top by the final score of 5-0.
Brady Tatro tossed another gem for Antigo picking up the complete game shut-out victory, allowing on 4 hits while striking out 10 and walking just 1 batter. Jacob DeMeyer took the loss for the Hodags, DeMeyer allowed 3 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4 and issuing 3 walks.
Offensively Antigo pounded out 10 hits with Tatro, Held, Marshall collecting 2 hits apiece including the triple by Marshall, Brady Renfro also added a double for Antigo.
Each team committed 3 errors defensively.
The Robins were the home team in the nightcap and much like the first game grabbed the lead in the 1st inning. Luke Schroeder reached after being hit by a pitch, a Wade Farmer sacrifice bunt moved Schroeder to 2nd and he would advance to 3rd on a wild pitch by Hodag starter Brad Comer before being driven in on an RBI single by Brady Tatro giving Antigo a 1-0 advantage.
The Robins would seemingly break the game open in the bottom of the 3rd inning scoring 7 runs, all coming after 2 outs. Comer issued 4 free passes in the frame along with doubles by Garrett Held and Nick Marshall and base hits by Cody Urban, Zach Jaje and Schroeder putting Antigo on top 8-0.
A combination of multiple Antigo defensive miscues and some timely hitting allowed Rhinelander to climb back into the game beginning in the 4th inning as the Hodag’s would push 4 runs across to cut the Antigo lead in half at 8-4 and chasing Robin’s starter Brady Renfro from the mound. Rhinelander would get to Antigo reliever Nick Marshall for a run in the 5th cutting the deficit to 8-5 and 4 more in the top of the 6th to take a brief 9-8 advantage. Sebby Noskowiak would replace Marshall on the hill to quell to Hodag rally.
The Antigo bats would come back to life in the bottom of the 6th as the Robins strung together consecutive base hits Schroeder, Farmer and Tatro along with a fielder’s choice by Held to retake the lead at 10-9 heading into the 7th.
The Hodags would get the tying run to third as Liam Stevens drew a 1 out walk and would advance to 3rd when Cole Spaulding reached on an Antigo error but Noskowiak would close the door by retiring Brad Quade on strikes to end the game.
Noskowiak picked up the win in releif going an inning and 2/3rds not allowing a hit, striking out 3 and allowing 1 walk. Byyce Schickert took the loss for Rhinelander.
Offensively Antigo had 12 hits with Schroeder, Tatro, Held, and Urban leading the way with 2 hits each. Renfro, Marshall and Held also each had doubles for the Robins.
Antigo committed 4 errors for the game while Rhinelander had 3.
With the wins the Robins extended their win streak to 17 straight games and currently sit at 20-1 overall, 11-0 in the GNC and are the 2018 outright conference champions. Rhinelander’s losing streak extended to 7 straight with the losses and the Hodag’s are currently 9-7 overall and 5-5 in the GNC. Both teams return to action Thursday with the Robins wrapping up conference play hosting Mosinee and Rhinelander travels to Tomahawk for a double-header.
You can hear the next Robins broadcast when they take on Mosinee at Kretz Park Thursday. You can hear the Progressive Dental Pre-Game show beginning at 4:45, first pitch at 5pm. Tune in to Classic Hits 98.7 and AM900, or on AntigoRadio.com. Justin Wadsworth will be on the call.
Photos below credited to Sherri Urban.