The McFarland Muskies entered their Home Talent League baseball game Sunday against visiting Fort Atkinson with a three-game losing streak. Yet, the team had been competitive in all those defeats, losing each by no more than two runs.
But the Generals and starting pitcher Ty Scheiber put a stranglehold on the Muskies offense.
Scheiber struck out six and allowed only two hits as Fort Atkinson took an 8-0 win.
“It was a tough day,” player/manager Justin Hanson said after the game. “We couldn’t seem to find the ball, and the ones we hit were right at guys.”
McFarland starter Brady Wedvick ran into trouble in the second inning as T.J. DiPrizio and Scheiber both singled and were sacrificed to second and third, respectively. DiPrizio scored on a groundout by Matt Sweeney, and Scheiber scampered home on a passed ball.
Sam Hartwick started another rally in the inning by stroking a double and scoring on an infield error to put the Generals on top 3-0.
Fort Atkinson added two runs in the third as Owen Chady led off with a walk and Corey Schoenherr’s double moved him to third base. Both baserunners scored on groundouts by DiPrizio and Scheiber to put Fort on top 5-0.
After Hanson replaced Wedvick on the mound to start the fifth inning, the Generals added another run as Josh Crandall reached second base on an outfield error and later scored on DiPrizio’s infield single.
The Generals combined four hits and a hit batsman in the eighth inning to score two more runs for an 8-0 lead.
Hanson had McFarland’s first hit on a check-swing opposite field single in the second inning, and Reid Simon had the team’s other hit in the third.
McFarland let a great chance to score slip away in the fourth as Nick Schreiber led off with a walk and moved to second when Nick Knoche was safe on a fielder’s choice. Hanson walked to load the bases with nobody out, but Brett Strode popped up to the second baseman and Noah Punzel grounded into a double play to kill the rally.
“We could’ve beat them,” Hanson said. “We just didn’t come out to play today.”
Hanson also said it didn’t help that three starting players – Kyle White, Nick Herbst and Greg Riese – were not available to play.
Wedvick took the loss for the Muskies after allowing five earned runs on four hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked two.
Hanson had five strikeouts in 3.2 innings before Schreiber took over the mound in the seventh and closed out the game.
Fort Atkinson had 10 hits with DiPrizio and Scheiber each getting two.
McFarland is on the road Sunday to play Cambridge at Jones Park in Fort Atkinson.
The first pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The Muskies won their May 5 season opener 5-3 over the Blues.