The Elcho Hornets baseball team certainly battled in its season opener Thursday, but a day full of miscues against a good Three Lakes team was a recipe for disaster in an 8-6 defeat.
Elcho did score first in the top of the second inning, with a Blue Jays error allowing the game’s first run to come home.
Three Lakes tied it up in the bottom half, before going in front to stay in the third.
“We allowed them to pull ahead through a combination of hits and errors,” head coach Brandon Sharpe said. “Three Lakes is aggressive on the bases and it worked in their favor.”
The Hornets did rally in the top half of the sixth inning. Trailing 8-2, Elcho pushed across four runs, all coming with two outs.
Cole Kupfer drove in a run with a single, Chase Novak’s base hit brought home two and Mason Rusch collected another RBI with a base knock.
The trio led the Elcho offense with two hits each.
Kupfer started on the mound and took the loss, despite a relatively strong performance. Kupfer went five innings, gave up two earned runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out four.
Seth Schuett pitched the sixth inning in relief and allowed three runs, however none were earned.
Mitchell Wolosek led Three Lakes with a pair of hits.
The Blue Jays are 1-1 on the season after losing to Bonduel Saturday.
Elcho will be back on the diamond Tuesday for its second contest of the season, it is of the non-conference variety at Wausaukee.
Three Lakes 8, Elcho 6
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Three Lakes High School
R H E
Elcho 0 1 0 1 0 0 4— 6 8 6
Three Lakes 0 1 2 1 1 3 x— 8 6 2
Batting: Schuett 0-2, R, BB, HBP; Schmidt 0-4, 2 K; Kupfer 2-4, R, K, RBI; Novak 2-3, BB, HBP, K; Rusch 2-4, R, BB, K; Younk 1-3, R, HBP, K; Malitz 1-3, R; Reinke 0-2, K; Siemers 0-0, R, BB; Slowik 0-3
Pitching: Kupfer L, 5 IP, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 4 K; Schuett IP, 3 R, K
Elcho- 0-1, 0-1 Northern Lakes
Three Lakes- 1-1, 1-0 Northern Lakes