- East Troy beats Genesee in opener 5-2
- Express travel to Waterford on mother's day
- Jory Tess opens with 4-4 day, crushed the ball
- Tim Dexter and Matt Lang shut down tough Rebels
The boys of summer are back at it, as the East Troy Express begin another campaign with championship aspirations. The season began about 6 weeks ago as the players gathered on Wednesday's and Saturday's for batting practice a local store called Phoenix Sporting Goods. Owner Jerry Schmidt welcomed the team in ro use the facility and the players appreciated Jerry's support. The cages are open to the public and we recommend stopping by with your child and checking out the operation. The Express return the core from last year and are led by player/reluctant coach Jory Tess. His dedication includes driving back from Madison in.orser to attend practices and league meetings, the team thanks you. Tess is joined by older brother Jeff Tess who is a long time member of the team. JT begins his 27th or 28th season, but we are not sure as old.age is taking a toll on his memory. Ryan Kehl returns to handle the catching duties and occasionally acts out put fantasy as a closer. Matt Lang is back again along with som Walker and wife Jamie in his corner. Dan Douglas returns as a Mack after getting settled down with his bride and looks to contend for a batting title. Al Loth will be back in the outfield and looks to shake off the lingering effects of a car accident and speaking of accidents, Mitch Windle might be looking for insurance coverage, so if you know a guy who likes high risk player, he might need your business card. Jimmy Tontillo looks to be in tremendous shape this season and we expect big things from Tonto. Caleb Frey welcomed baby Easton this winter and shows up to avoid changing diapers, can't blame him. Connie Scadden and Chewy Jewell look to find some playing time in a loaded roster. East Troy added Tim Dexter and Eric the announcer and both players show some promise. Will Ilonciae is currently playing for UWSP but plans on joining the squad when his season ends and we hope the is sooner than later for selfish reasons. East Troy plays this Sunday in Waterford at noon. Come join us and bring your mother to the park.
East Troy battling for potential postseason bye.
The East Troy Express season is coming down the home stretch and currently sitting at 9-4 and in 4th place in the top heavy Land O Lakes southwest. Since the last article East Troy was rained out against Racine, Split with Burlington and beat Waterford. The Express travel to Ixonia this Sunday for a double header. Ixonia has been playing better of late and always seem to battle us hard. East Troy seems to travel to Ixonia every year for 2 games in sweltering heat and the wind blowing straight out. Rumors are that the playoff system will be top 6 teams getting in with the 1 and 2 seeds earning a bye, and 3 vs 6 and 4 vs 5, so all the games are critical if East Troy wants to have Saturday off... Game time is noon... Below is the link to the current standings.
The East Troy Express split with Genesee and North Prairie the last 2 weekends and currently stand at 5-3. The offense was mostly to blame by missing some opportunities but all in all the team seems to be trending in the right direction. The pitching staff has been stellar with the resurgence of Todd Nabor and the emergence of Will Ilonciae to go along with steady Jeff Smith as the anchor of the rotation. Jimmy Tontillo came up big in his inning of work Sunday keeping the Express in the game. The Land O Lakes has gone thru a number of changes and the playoff format has yet to be revealed so it is imperative the East Troy go on a run in the next 3 weeks, all doubleheaders, starting this week with a twin bill at home against a dangerous Rome Raiders team. All games this year start at noon...
East Troy defeats Tapoles (future Frogs) 5-1
East Troy traveled to Dousman with rumors swirling of a regime change or the possibility that the Frogs were short players but when the Express arrived to see a bunch of new faces warming up in the outfield all was good. The Frogs only familiar face was former Express player Dan Timmers and he told us that the team consisted of a number of really young players from Mukwonago and the surrounding area. Well the newest members of the Dousman team rolled out a lefty with a couple decent pitches and kept the Express bats held in check all day long. East Troy got on the board when Jory Tess walked and was forced out by Dan Douglas, who promptly stole a bag to get into scoring position. Jeff Tess would single in Douglas to tie the score at 1. East Troy would take command in the 7th when right fielder Jeff Smith would smash a grounder off the 1st baseman, Jory Tess would sac bunt Smith over. Dan Douglas singled and Jeff Tess would rip a double to score Douglas. Will Iloncaie would drive in Tess with a single to left and when the smoke cleared East Troy was up 5-1. Todd Nabor would get the start on the mound and pitch 6 effective innings striking out 4 and collect the win. Will would come on in the 7th and get the save allowing only one hit.. Ryan Kehl maintained his torrid pace by collecting 3 more hits and raising his average to a gaudy .643. Jeff Tess also had 3 hits and a couple RBI. East Troy travels to Genesee for a doubleheader Sunday game time at Noon
Express take down West Allis Knighthawks
The Express traveled to West Allis to take on new a division foe and came out on top by a score of 3-1. Jeff Smith would go 8 strong innings, striking out 7 and allowing only 5 hits and earned the win. Will Iloncaie would pitch the 9th and earn the save but Will's real contributions would come at the plate where he collected 3 hits and a walk and scored 2 runs. Mitch Windle would have 2 hits for the 3rd straight game and early season MVP candidate catcher Ryan Kehl had 2 hits and an RBI. Josh Oswald would also have an RBI and Dan Douglas would have a booming double that may have left the yard if we played at the JV field. East Troy travels to Dousman as the schedule maker has the Express on the road the 1st 6 games of the year. SO thanks for that
Express fall to New Berlin 6-5
The East Troy Express and New Berlin Lakers seem to developing a nice rivalry after only 2 career match-ups, both hotly contested games. On a frigid Sunday afternoon the teams hooked up in a pitchers dual with Jeff Smith getting the ball and going all 9 innings, allowing only 9 hits and 5 walks while striking out 7. Smitty battled command issues early allowing a single tally in the 1st and 3rd innings and the only hard hit ball was a no doubt homer in the 5th, a 2 run shot.. the final straw was a walk to open the final frame and a couple broken bat duck farts to end the game in disappointing fashion. East Troy was trying to come from behind all afternoon and finally struck in the 7th inning. Jory Tess would walk, Jeff Tess would single and Mitch Windle would follow with a single to push across Jory. Josh Oswald would drive in Jeff and Ryan Kehl would single in Windle to cut the score to 4-3. In the 8th, Jory would single and reach 2nd on a pass ball and Jeff Tess would single to drive him in and Tess would be thrown out by a mile trying to stretch it into a double. Tess would blame the 1st base coach, bat boy Bob, and a slow track for getting hosed. The Express would take the lead in the 9th when Windle would single and Matt Lang walked. After a double play, Kehl would clutch up and drive in Windle to put ET up 5-4. It was a tough loss but the silver lining was.... wait we lost so there is no silver lining... East Troy travels to West Allis on Sunday for a noon start. Game is at the location below... Expect Ryan Kehl to have a big game at Rainbow Park.. Just saying
2016 Season off and running - Express open with W at Waterford
The 2016 season is already upon us and opening day saw the East Troy Express travel to perennial rival Waterford Rivermen. The new season brings change and uncertainty and East Troy had a issues coming into the season with pitching and depth as only 10 guys were around to start the season. Todd Nabor would be working his way back from an injury last year and started on the hill. Nabs was able to get thru 4 innings and made 2 mistakes that hurt him but all in all was solid and looked to be getting more comfortable as the game wore on. Jeff Smith would surprise the Express with his return after an offseaon with many questions surrounding his return. After many negotiations and some hard thinking he was able to finagle his way back for another year. His return suddenly made the rotation much deeper and Smitty was able to shake off the rust and grind out 4 innings. Matt Lang would pitch the ninth and secure the Express win. The offense was able to show great patience at the plate walking and getting drilled by a number of wild Riverman pitching. The highlight of the day was Dan Douglas and Lang both hitting homeruns. Al Loth had a huge day reaching base 6 times going 4-4. Douglas had 3 hits, Smiitty showed his golf swing DOES correlate to baseball, getting 2 hits. Mitch Windle had 2 hits and Jeff Tess had a couple hits and 3 RBI. Jory Tess coached the team and Jimmy Tontillo got to play for the 1st time in 3 years and of course Ryan Kehl was back behind the plate calling an excellent game... Hope that I mentioned everybody..
East Troy travels to New Berlin Sunday at noon. This game following the Express fundraiser golf outing has been a tough game for the boys historically.. maybe this year the curfew will be set at bar time...
Express win playoffs- travel to New Berlin Saturday
The link to the Playoff game in New Berlin is above it at Malone Park on National. Game is at noon on Saturday
National Avenue (Highway ES) west from Milwaukee County or east from Big Bend to field, approximately 1/2 mile west of Moorland Road (Highway O)
From Interstate 94,
Take Exit 301A (Moorland Road south).
Moorland Road (Highway O) south about 3.5 miles to National Avenue (Hwy ES). Turn right (west) on National Avenue about 1/2 mile to field.
From Interstate 43,
Take Exit 57 (Moorland Road north).
Moorland Road (Highway O) north for a distance of just under 2 miles to National Avenue (Hwy ES). Turn west about 1/2 mile to field.
East Troy get redemption against Genesee 7-3
In a Southwest showdown pitting 2nd place East Troy vs 3rd place Genesee both team knew a lot would be on the line and the game was intense from the start. Al Loth would again climb the hill a prove to be emerging as a solid #2 starter by going 8 strong innings to collect the win. Loth would allow only 6 hits and strike out 4 hitters. Will Iloncaie would come on shut em down in the 9th striking out 2. East Troy would score in the 2nd when Jeff Tess and Matt Lang single and Josh Oswald would drive them both in. In the 3rd Dan Douglas would single and Jory Tess would double in Douglas. Jeff Tess walked and Mitch Windle would single in Tess. Windle would single and score on Josh Oswald's booming homerun his 3rd of the year. East Troy tacked on an unearned run in the 8th to all but wrap up 2nd place. The Express travel to North Prairie in another big match up on Sunday.
Express rally to beat Cooney 13-7
The East Troy Express rallied from an early 6-0 hole to beat Oconomowoc 13-7. Starter Jeff Smith was knocked around early and when the hook came for him in the 3rd in asked for 1 more inning and found his groove. Suddenly Smith couldnt be hit and the strikeouts started to pile up. When the smoke cleared, Smith went the distance striking out a season high 13 batters to collect the win. The Express bats came alive in the 5th inning when Jory Tess walked and Matt Lang was hit by pitch. Jeff Tess then tripled to drive in 2. In the 7th East Troy would bat around and score 7 runs to take the lead. Ryan Kehl would triple and drive in 2 runs Matt Lang would double in a run and Jeff Tess would double in 2. In the 8th East Troy would put the game away when Jory would drive in Dan Douglas who singled and Smith who walked. Jory Tess was 3-3 and walked 3 times. Jeff Tess had 5 rbi.
Express Sweep Burlington in double dip behind pithcing staff
The East Troy Express battled the Burlington Barons in both games and found a way to squeak out the double header sweep taking each game 4-3. In game one lefty Jeff Smith was the story going the distance and earning the win. Smith struck out 5 and allowed only 3 runs in the 5th inning. Smith dominated a potent Baron offense with little offensive support until Josh Oswald homered and Jory Tess singled and drove in Smitty. Smith then single to drive in Al Loth who walked and stole both 2nd and 3rd. The Express would win the game in walk off fashion on an error in the 9th to send the crowd into a frenzy.
Game 2 would have a similar story line with Al Loth taking the hill anticipating going 4-5 innings but instead would find a groove and go all 10 innings in an incredible display of will. Loth would get the win and strike out 6. East Troys bats struggled to get a big inning going but were able to stratch out a run in the 2nd when Smith would drive in Oswald. Jeff Tess doubled in the 3rd and was drove in by Loth. Oz was walked and then Dan Douglas single and drove him in and East Troy would win it in the 10th when Oz doubled and Loth singled and tried to steal 2nd and Oz broke for home and only because of his blazing speed was able to sneak in untouched for the win.
East Troy powers past Waterford 12-8
East Troy and Waterford matched for the 2nd time in 4 days and the results were much more favorable for the home team as the Express bats came alive and carried the team to a nice 12-8 victory. East Troy would go deep, deep into the well and pull out Jory Tess to start the game on the hill. Tess was on a pitch count as was able to get through 4 innings allowing 3 runs and struck out 3 in his 1st appearance of the season. Will Illonciae would come on in the 5th and go thru 4 innings as well and appeared to be getting stronger as the game wore on and the nerves settled down. Will gave up 2 runs and struck out 2 and earned the win. After a bit of a scare in the 9th, Al Loth would come on and nail down the save. The Express bats were able to come alive in a big way in the 4th inning. Matt Lang and Jeff Tess would be hit by pitches and "Mighty" Mitch Windle would hit a 3 run home run showing opposite field power. Illonciae and Dan Douglas would single as would Ryan Kehl and Jory Tess would also single to drive in a run. In the 5th inning Jeff Tess would double and Windle would hit his 2nd bomb of the game and 5th of the year. Tess would answer Windle bomb with a tape measure home run of his own into the skatepark. East Troy would salt it away in the 8th when Lang tripled, Tess singled in Lang. Windle was walked and Josh Oswald would single in Tess. Al Loth would then complete the scoring with an rbi single of his own. It was a complete team victory for East Troy as the look to lock up a playoff spot.
Mitch Windle 2 HRs and 5 rbi
Ryan Kehl 3 hits
Jeff Tess 3-4 HR, Double
Will, Al , Oz and Dan Douglas had 2 hits
East Troy has a huge double header this Sunday at home against Burlington at noon
Express bats lost in lights , Lose 3-2 at Waterford
The East Troy Express traveled to Waterford for a rare Wednesday night clash with the underfeated Riverman and left frustrated after the 3-2 loss. Tough luck pitcher Jeff Smith kept the potent Waterford lineup in check, going the distance striking out 7 and allowing 3 earned runs. Smith deserved a better fate but the Express bats were silenced in key situations by Waterfords solid pitching and defense. East Troy had a run in the 4th on Matt Lang's booming line drive homerun but failed to clutch up with 2 runners on in the 4th and 5th inning. The major threat came in the 8th inning when Mitch Windle and Todd Nabor singled with 1 out. Al Loth and Jeff Smith walked to drive in a run and cut the deficit to 3-2 but were unable to plate any runs after that. Give Waterford credit for making the plays necessary but East Troy felt as though it was a game that they should have won. Ryan Kehl, Nabor and Lang colleted 2 hits apiece. East Troy falls to 6-3 and Waterford moves to 10-0. The teams rematch this Sunday.
Triple Play Propels Express over Raiders in Game 1
The East Troy Express traveled to Rome for a double header on Sunday. Rome is an up and coming team that is young and dangerous with plenty of pitching to match up with the visitors. Jeff Smith would start on the mound, making a return to a place he spent 8 years as the Raiders main arm. Smitty would not disappoint in going the distance in dominating fashion allowing 7 hits and striking out 5. The key play was early in the 1st after Rome's 1st 2 hitters reached base, the number 3 hitter lined out to Danny Douglas who tagged 2nd base and then fired to Jeff Tess for a triple play and essentially took the starch outta the home team. From that point forward Rome never really threatened. The Express offense was held down for the most part but would muster a run in the top of the 1st as Rya Kehl would single and score on Matt Lang's base hit. Kehl would single and steal second base, advance to 3rd on a ground out and then steal home to score the only other run on the day.
Shorthanded Express prevail 8-3 against Oconomowoc
The East Troy Express traveled to Oconomowoc Saturday to meet the 2-1 Titans in a critical early season battle. It appeared as though both teams were scrambling for players right up until game time, but the arrival of veteran Travis "t-town" Krauss would get the game started on time. East Troy would jump out in the 1st when Ryan Kehl- freshly released from Ebola quarantine, would walk and steal second with 2 outs. Jeff Tess would produce the rbi single to open the scoring. The Titans would get to starter Jeff Smith for a run in the 3rd and 2 more in the 7th but Smitty brought his "A" game on a day when the Express needed him most. Smith would go the distance scattering 11 hits and striking out 5 and relying on some excellent team defense. East Troy would turn 3 double plays and 3rd baseman Mitch Windle woud sparkle with the glove, but it was his bat the had the visitors impressed, as he would go 4-5 on the day. East Troy would score 2 runs in the 5th inning when Kehl would be hit by pitch, Matt Lang and Jeff Tess would single and Windle would drive in 2. In the 7th , Jory Tess would start the inning with a single as did Windle and Josh Oswald would double to drive in 2. East Troy would salt it away in the 8th when Krauss and Will Iloncaie singled. Lang would single to drive in one and Jeff Tess would double to drive in 2 and that completed the scoring. Tess would go 3-5 with 3 rbi and Lang, Oswald and Krauss would each have 2 hits apiece. It was a nice victory over a playoff team and East Troy looks to build on this win next week on the road against Rome. This is a noon start as the teams will play 2 games on Fathers day.
Dawg answer Express rally
The Express knew going into the Sunday tilt at home against North Prairie that is would be a tightly contest game. The Dawgs have a number of young players and they put pressure on your defense by putting the ball in play and using speed, but their power would be the trump card in this contest as a 9th inning 3 run bomb would prove the difference in the 12-9 loss for East Troy. The home team would get a run in the 1st as Dan Douglas would walk and Jory Tess would be hit by a pitch. Jeff Tess would single and score Douglas, who was replacing Ryan Kehl behind the dish. Danny played great but is still wearing ice bags as of Wednesday as Kehl is trying to grow hemp in Kenya. well that's what I was told he was doing anyways... In the 2nd Jeff Smith would single and drive in Al Loth. Smith battled hard all day despite dealing with general soreness after the street dance... In the 3rd, the Express would display a power surge in the form of the Tess boys, as Jory would collect his 1st hit of the year, a 350 ft homer to start the inning. Brother Jeff would not be out done by crushing a 395ft blast - also a solo shot. Jory claims the Southwest How Far did it Fly distantance calculator was broken on his measurement. ET would score in the 7th as JT would double and Jeff Smith would again deliver an RBI base hit. In the 8th, the Express would rally from 4 down to tie it with Douglas singling , Jory doubling, and Lang reaching base to load the bases. Loth would single, Smitty was beaned and Todd Nabor walked to tie it up, but it was all for naught as the Dawgs would take advantage of some shotty defense- but in all it was a very good game to play in and be a fan of. The Express have 2 games this weekend, Saturday in Ocomonowoc and Sunday at home vs Waterford.
JORY TESS 4-5 . 2 RBI, 2B, HR
JEFF TESS 4-6 2RBI , 2B , HR
AL LOTH , JEFF SMITH 2 HITS EACH
Rebels down Express
The 2-0 Express traveled to an 0-2 Genesee Rebel team desperate for a win. On paper it seemed to be a game the visitors should win, but that's why you play the games. East Troy would start Jeff Smith and he would have a good game but was unable to wiggle of the hook due to some shotty defense and an offense that couldn't get the big hit. Smith would go 7 innings. Josh Oswald would go in the 8th and shut down the Rebels. The offense would be kept off balance all day in what amounted to a frustrating loss. Todd Nabor would provide a lift by crushing a 2 run homer deep into the pines. Nabor got the start in right field because he always hits well at this park and he did not disappoint. The Express would score in the 6th when Jeff Tess would lead off with a single and score after Josh Oswald singled and a pass ball. The Express would make things interesting in the 9th with Oswald singling again and scoring on an Al Loth sac fly. East Troy has an extra week to think about the tough loss as this is a schedule bye week. Matt Lang stayed scorching hot and in an interview after the game was quoted as saying "the team is looking good despite this loss. I personally am in a good rhythm early on due to the number practices we have had and the live pitching we have faced against our pitching staff. I just feel relaxed and comfortable in the box and hope to carry this start throughout the year." East Troy looks to rebound with a home game on June 7th against North Prairie.
East Troy puts on Fireworks display before Memorial day
The East Troy Express held their 2015 season opener by welcoming in the visiting Dousman Frogs to the Amusement Park on a windswept Sunday afternoon. It was Dousman’s 1st game of the year and the Home team didn’t know what to expect-Only that the Frogs were playing with Express castoffs Johnny Rah-Rah and Dan Timmers. Jeff Smith would start his second consecutive game and went 5 strong innings before leaving the mop up duties to newly returning Josh Oswald. Oswald would mow down the Frogs in order in an impressive season debut, but his mound accolades would pale in comparison by the absolute show Ozzie put on at the plate. Josh would homer and have 2 triples on the day, with a note that the triples were actually more impressive than the homer, but East Troy’s cavernous centerfield cost him potentially 2 more big fly’s. East Troy would take control in the early going and tack on runs basically every inning in route to a 20-2 victory. The day was filled with great individual performers. Matt Lang continued his torrid start by collecting 3 more hits. Mitch Windle would homer for the second time on the season. Jeff Tess was 3-3, Al Loth also had 3 hits. Ryan Kehl had a couple knocks as well. The only guy who sucked was rookie Tyler “Chewy” Jewell. Chewy received a token at bat when the game was outta reach and watched 3 cock high fastballs go right past him for a strikeout. Jewell – who unfortunately will turn 21 soon – was seen running to the Port-O-Let to change his undies after the at bat. East Troy travels to Genesee this Sunday to play the Rebels at 1:30
Opening Day Victory
Opening Day 2015 saw the Express travel to Ixonia on a dreary Mothers Day. East Troy players were excited to kick off the season and finally play a game after weeks of practice. The bats were silent for most of the day until Mitch Windle unloaded on a change up from the Snapper hurler deep over the left field fence for a 2-run dong. The offense was still in preseason mode and failed to capitalize on a day that should have been a stat stuffer. Matt Lang has 3 hits and other than Windle was that lone bright spot. Jeff Smith would get the start and he was in midseason form, going 7 innings without allowing a run. Todd Nabor would come in and record the save in a 6-1 Express win
Dousman leapfrogs Express 8-4
Some times you go the park and it just doesnt go your way and thats exactly what happend in Dousman on Sunday as the Express would fall 8-4. East Troy would jump out to an early lead scoring single runs in the 1st and 2nd inning but were unable to deliver the knock out punch with bases loaded and the missed opportunity would come back to haunt them. The Frogs would hang 5 runs in the 7th inning to blow the game open. Thats all there is to say about that...... East Troy will play a home game Saturday against a red hot North Prairie squad and look to rebound and climb back into the pennant chase. This is all star weekend so the Southwest representives will travel to Pewaukee Sunday to battle the Western division. As of the report, the meeting was still being conducted. East Troy should send a few players but you never know what the other teams stats will look like come voting. To see a complete list of our stats you an find it on our page under 2014 Stats.
Express sweep Snappers on Father's day
East Troy journeyed up ol Hwy F to battle the Ixonia Snapper on Fathers day and came away with a doubleheader sweep. With the south winds blowing straight out both teams knew that it was going to be great day for scoring and that would hold true. The Express would open the scoring in the 2nd inning when Matt Lang would hit a home run. After the homer, every day Ray, the Ixonia pitcher would drill Jeff Tess in the arm and yell "happy fathers day" as Tess struggled to 1st. Mitch Windle had Tess' back and proved it by smashing a 425 ft shot to left for another homerun. Jeff Smith would walk as would Adrian Piel and both would score on singles by Ryan Kehl and Jory Tess. ET would score again in the 3rd when Jeff Tess would double and score on an error on Smith smash to 2nd base. The Express would score 2 runs in the 4th and 4 runs in the 5th to pull away for good. Dan Timmers single, Kehl would walk , Jory Tess would be hit in the ankle, and Jeff would single driving in 2. Smith took control on the hill from the beginning and would allow 3 runs in going the distance for the win, scattering 9 hits and striking out 6.
Matt Lang would get the rock and have an interesting day. Matty would get the win and possibly the save.... as he went 5 strong innings allowing 2 runs and striking out 3 batters. With the Express up 15-1, East Troy run out a new pitcher who would literally walk the Snappers back into the game. The Express would then call Lang back into the game and Matt would restore order going the last 2 innings. It was quite possibly the longest 2 innings in baseball history. The offense has a party at the bat rack all day long with some impressive stat lines. Adrian Piel wouild reach base safely all 6 times and score 5 runs going 3 for 3 with a double. Lang drove in 4 and Jeff Tess would drive in 3 more to bring his total rbi's to 16. Mitch Windle would go 3-5 with 4 rbi's. Dan Timmers had 2 hits as did Jeff Smith.
Express Fall Late to Barons in Thriller
The East Troy Express and the defending SW champion Burlington Barons battled tooth and nail for 9 innings before the champs pulled out a thrilling 5-4 win. The Express would lead most of the game after jumping out to an early 4-1 lead. Adrian Piel would start the 3rd inning with a walk followed by base hits by Jory Tess and Matt Lang. Jeff Tess would then rip a ground rule double down the left field line driving in 2. Burlinton would chip away at the Express lead with the long ball, with 3 solo shots, one being an inside the park homer to tie it up and then would win it with a walk and some poor bunt defense by an experienced Express defense in the 10th inning. Todd Nabor was solid again going 7 innings and leaving with the lead. Jeff Smith replaed Nabor and was the tough luck loser despite pitching well. EAst Troy had a chance to win it in the bottom of the 9th but could not get the job done with a runner on second and 1 out. Jory Tess stayed red hot going 3-5 and is batting around .500 and Matt Lang kept up his torrid pace by collecting 2 more hits and is batting over .500. Jeff Tess drove in 3 runs and now has the team lead in RBI. Adrian Piel was a wecolmed addition to bolster the roster as was Josh Oswald, who joined the Express after an all conference high school season, had 2 hits. East Troy has a tough stretch of games beginning Saturday at home against Rome at 1:30 and then travel to Ixonia for a double header at noon.
Express split with Rebels
ON a wind swept Sunday afternoon the Express train traveled to Genesee and came away with a split. It was just one of those days in game 1 as the Rebels got out to an early lead off of starter Matty Lang in the second inning with a perfect combonation of walks and seeing eye singles and a few questionable defensive plays put ET in an early 6-0. The Express would try and rally in the 4th when Jory Tess and Matt Lang would single and Jeff Tess would walk to load the bases with one out but could only muster a single run. The Express mounted rallies in the final 3 frames but couldn't get the big hit and would lose 8-3. Jeff Smith pitched the final 4 frames and would allow 2 runs while striking out 5 hitters. Lang would have a nice day at the plate going 3-4 with a double.
Game 2 had a familiar feel as Todd Nabor would set the tone on the hill in the 9-1 win. Nabor would go all 7 innings allowing 5 hits while striking out 8 Rebel hitters. East Troy's offense did not take long to get going in the 1st inning. Al Loth led off the game with a base hit. Ryan Kehl and Jory Tess would follow with singles to load the bases and Matt Lang would walk to put ET up 1-0. Jeff Tess would then single to drive in 2 and when the damage was done the Express were up 4-0. East Troy put the game out of reach in the 5th and 6th innings by scoring 5 more runs with key hits by Jory who doubled in a run and Land who drove in Tess. Loth would set the table all day by scoring 3 runs and 2 hits. Kehl, Jeff Tess, and Lang would collect 2 hits a piece and Jory Tess would come away with 3 hits. East Troy is now 4-2 on the young season and have their 1st home game this Sunday against defending champs Burlington at 1:30
Express sweep Rome and clich #2 seed
The Express went into the regular season finale knowing that a sweep of Rome would lock up the #2 seed and a 1st round bye and low and behold they got the job done! The double dip played on Saturday August 3rd in front of a raucous crowd on fan appreciation day and the local 9 would not dissapoint. Al Loth took the hill in game one and despite battling flu like syptoms, would get the complete game win and allowing only 2 hits on the day as East Troy would win 4-0. Ryan Kehl was the offensive star, collecting 3 hits, including a double and 2 rbi. Jory Tess would have 2 hits and 2 rbi's.
Matt Lang would start for East Troy and go 6 strong innings allowing only 3 hits and no runs. Todd Nabor would come in and mop up in the 7th for a save as East Troy would win 3-0. The offense was none existant as the Express turned to the "JV" squad resting Jeff Tess, Kurt Wenzel and Travis Krauss and replacing them with Josh Oswald at 3rd, Connie Scadden at 2nd and Andy Kiesow at 1st. The average age dropped from 30 something to barely legal but the young guns of the future played solid defense.
The Express will host a semifinal playoff game on August 11th @ 1:30 at the Amusement park.
Express play great- earn sweep of Wales Royals
The Express hosted the Wales Royals on 7/21 and played solid in all facets of the game to earn a sweep of the doubleheader. East Troy improved to 9-5 on the season and are currently in 2nd place in the LOL SW behind Burlington(12-1) and percentage points ahead of Genessee and Waterford. East Troy travels to Waterford for a big showdown on Wednesday night.
East Troy send Todd Nabor to the mound and the southpaw would not dissapoint. Nabor would go the 1st 6 innings to collect the win. Nabor allowed 5 hits and walked 2 batters while striking out 9 hitters. East Troy would call on regular Shortstop Jory Tess to mop up in the 7th to get him some work on the mound, Tess struck out the final hitter he faced. The Express offense didnt take long to get warmed up as the bottom of the 1st would have the home team scoring 6 times. Jory Tess lead off the game with a single, followed by Ryan Kehl's run scoring double. Matt Lang returned to the lineup and single to drive in Kehl. After an out, Jeff Tess joined the hit parade and drove in Lang. Kurt Wenzel would single as would Myles Olsen to load the bases. Travis Krauss would be hit by pitch and then Jory Tess would double to clear the bases and when the smoke cleared the Express were in command of game #1. Matt Lang was star of the game going 3-4 with a stolen base. Jory and Jeff Tess would go 2-4 with 2 rbi apiece.
Al Loth would get the nod to start game #2 and Loth would lock down the Royals offense going 5 innings before an afternoon rain storm would end the game early. Loth would give up only one hit after some early game command issues. Al would get the win and he struck out 5 batters. East Troy would get rolling in the 2nd inning after 2 outs, Wenzel and Adam Wolter would walk and Myles Olsen would single to center and the ball was misplayed allowing both runners to score. East Troy would tack on 2 more runs in the 3rd when Kehl singled as did Lang. Loth's fielders choice would score 1 and Jeff Tess' base hit drove in Lang to put East Troy up 4-0. East Troy would put the game away in the 4th inning when Wolter walked again, Connie Scadden would double and Krauss would single. Jory Tess would drive in one on a fielders choice and Kehl and Lang would single again to ice the game. Ryan Kehl- with his new girlfriend in attendence would go 3-4. Lang and Jory Tess would collect 2 hits along with Krauss.
Express spilt weekend games
I what amounts to kissing your sister, the East Troy Express split their 2 games over the weekend, beating Oconomowoc 5-1 and taking the day off against Genesee and losing 4-1.
East Troy came to the park on a mission to play a solid game against a team who was battling them for playoff position in the Titans and behind Al Loth's dominate picthing performance won 5-1. Ryan Kehl hit a career long home run that cleared the skate park and was found near the concession stands at Mitchell park(estimated at 425ft)
After celebrating the Saturday victory, East Troy looked awful in the heat and wasted an opportunity to take sole possession of 2nd place by losing to the Rebels 4-1. Todd Nabor pitched well and we hurt by a ball lost in the sun allowing 2 runs to score. Express bats were silenced by a whiffle ball magician pitching for the Rebs. ET never seemed to get anything going and before you knew it that game was over.
East Troy pitching keeps North Prairie offense locked up in the kennel
The East Troy Express traveled to North Prairie to face the Dawgs in a meaningful double header and behind excellent pitching swept both games. In game one East Troy would start fast and score in the top of the 1st when Al Loth single to drive in Ryan Kehl and Matt Lang to put East Troy up 2-0. Todd Nabor would start for East Troy and he would make that early lead hold up by pitching the complete game gem. Nabor would give up only 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 batters allowing 1 earned run. East Troy faced early adversity as Kurt Wenzel would have to leave the game after taking a 88mph fastball to the knee cap. Wenzel, who has been hot lately, would be replaced by rookie Adrian Balboa. Adrian would then get beaned twice, with the finishing blow a shot to the left eyeball forcing him to leave the game as well. Deep reserve- Connie Scadden would fill in at 3rd admirably. The Express and their rag tag squad would finish the game with a 5-1 victory. Loth and Nabor shared MVP honors with Loth collecting 3 hits and 4 rbi and Nabor would get the win.
Loth again would have a major impact in the Express 8-2 win. Loth went the distance allowing 2 runs- 1 earned and had the Dawgs guessing all afternoon. Jory Tess would get the offense going in the lead off spot by get 3 hits and a couple RBI. Ryan Kehl and Matt Lang both collected 2 hits apiece. With both wins East Troy captapults from 6th place to third and has a chance to move up further with 2 home games this weekend. The Express look to avenge ealry season losses Saturday against Oconomowoc and Sunday is against Genessee, both games at 1:30
Another rough day for the Express offense
East Troy traveled to Oconomowoc on Sunday to take on the Titans in a big game heading into the All Star break and came away with a dissapointing 4-0 loss. East Troy pitcher Todd Nabor worked the whole game and was shaky early allowing a few hits and a walk and was not helped when a bad hop squirted past 2nd baseman Jeff Tess to allow 2 runs to score in the 3rd inning and Cooney tacked a couple more runs late in the game to take the 4-0 final. Nabor deserved a better fate but ET was unable to get it going. The Express offense was kept off balance for all day long by the Titans pitcher. He threw 90% off speed junk and was excellent with location. The Express hitters were out in front all day and only had a few opportunities but a bases loaded threat ended with a double play ball on a one hopper back to the pitcher. The Express had 5 hits on the day wth Tess going 2-4 and Josh Oswald collected his 1st LOL hit. Jory Tess has a hit and that was about it. It was not the way the Express wanted to head into the All-Star break but at 4-4 East Troy is still in a good position to make a run at the playoffs and a home game.
Nabor, Tess and Tess make All-Star team
On Monday night coach Kurt Wenzel and 9 other LOL SW coaches met in Genessee and locked themselves in a cage and battled for who would represent our league in the 2013 All-Star game to be held in East Troy on June 30th and a bloodied and batter Coach Wenzel was able to land 3 Express players on the team. Lefthanded Ace Todd Nabor once again will be attendng the midsummer Classic and pitch for the Southwest. Todd is having another fantastic year and the timeless wonder continues to dominate hitters year after year. Joining Nabor are a pair of brothers, Jory (younger) and Jeff (much better looking) Tess. Jory will be starting at shortstop and Jeff will be starting at 2nd base in what is believed to be the 1st brother double play combonation to start a LOL Southwest All Star game. Jory, who is 23 years old, has been leading off for the Express and setting the table for older brother Jeff (age withheld) who lead the team in RBI's. All three are excited to represent East Troy and hope for a big turnout to support the team. Matt Lang was an all star snub and is an alternate should someone back out. Lang has pitched well and had a number of clutch hits. Special mention goes to Travis Krauss who has a nice year going and is batting around .300 but T-Towns glove has been just flat out awesome. The Express play Saturday 6/22 at home against Oconomowoc at 1:30
ALL STAR REPORT : STOLE THIS FROM ROME WEBSITE
My good buddy and basketball teammate AND Rome's current coach , Lance Pedersen does a kick ass job of writing articles and he put together a sweet break down of the All Star voting so I stole it so our readers and fans could get a feel for what actually happens at the meetings and so our players can recognize what other players in the league are doing,
The 2013 Southwest All-Star team is loaded with talent – both young and old. If you’re familiar with the Southwest Division, it’s an exciting time, knowing that there are still a lot of talented veterans spread throughout the league while at the same time some fresh faces are quickly making a name for themselves.
Every year there are said to be “snubs”, and that will surely never end. But after the coaches met earlier this week, the pool was spread throughout each team, with every team sans Ixonia and Genesee being represented by at least two All-Stars. There were some quality names thrown into the voting, but some had to be left out.
Here’s a look at each position and some of the stats for each player that was given at the meeting. The first player (in bold, too) is the starter. Also, for a change of pace (and since I have it right in front of me), there is a list of players who were put up at each position.
Catcher: The league seems to be full of solid catchers nowadays. It wasn’t an easy one to decide, as Jon Dobson got the nod to start and a newcomer in Zach Yesko will back him up. A couple of the names who were also nominated look pretty familiar, too.
JON DOBSON – Wales: .381 avg.; .409 obp; HR; 5 RBI
Zach Yesko – North Prairie: .368 avg.; .474 obp; thrown out all six attempted base runners
Also nominated: Jared Francois (Burlington), Ryan Kehl (East Troy), Wade Axelson (Waterford)
First Base: The Titans are only three years into the league but have produced a ton of talent, and some of that talent belongs to Aaron Benz, who gets the nod, even though J-Rad had some sick numbers. I don’t remember when The Hammer didn’t make an All-Star team. He wouldn’t have been a bad choice either.
AARON BENZ – Oconomowoc: .381 avg.; .433 obp; HR; 10 RBI; 3 2B
Justin Radichal – Dousman: .522 avg.; 2 HR; 2 2B; 10 RBI; 10 BB
Also nominated: Chris Harmeling (Waterford), Travis Krauss (East Troy)
Second Base: The Express will have a starter at second base. There were only three total put up for the spot, but it was clear cut as to who the league’s best second baseman is. Kinjerski, who played in the Rock River last year with Neosho, is having a nice rookie campaign and got the reserve nod.
JEFF TESS – East Troy: .426 avg.; HR (on a side note, Kurt didn’t give many, if any, stats for his guys!)
Jared Kinjerski – Ixonia: .353 avg.; .476 obp
Also nominated: Ben Tejada (North Prairie)
Shortstop: A ton of talent at this spot, which is why three guys made it. It’s rare this happens for an infield spot. Tess will start alongside his older bro, but behind him Beef and Dykema tied twice in revotes, so there was nothing left to do but say they both are in.
JORY TESS – East Troy: .472 avg; “Bunch of doubles” ~Wenzel
Adam Brecthl – Waterford: .391 avg.; 2 HR; 7 RBI; 6 BB
Tyler Dykema – North Prairie: .346 avg.; 10 runs; 3 2B
Also nominated: Matt Leslie (Oconomowoc), Ben Gagnon (Wales)
Third Base: A familiar face starts at third base in Brad Nowicki. With similar numbers, the Barons got the representative in Archambault. Both solid defensively and at the dish, third base will be an asset in the All-Star game. The other names include two really young players in Andy Brahier (17 years old) and Adan Covarrubias (19 years old). Covarrubias was close in getting the reserve spot.
BRAD NOWICKI – Waterford: .315 avg.; HR; 2 2B
Paul Archambault – Burlington: .315 avg.; 7 RBI; 6 2B
Also nominated: Andy Brahier (Rome), Adan Covarrubias (Ixonia), Brain Neuwirth (Wales)
Outfield: If you would ask me, I’d say the Southwest outfield is stacked and super talented. Just looking at the names left out, it’s a very deep position and it was a very difficult vote. In the end, three relatively young players will start in the outfield, while two even younger players in Laske and Gattis will be in a reserve role. Really, the only veteran in this group is Jeff Smith, who normally makes it as a pitcher, but his stick has been super good this year.
DYLAN FRIEND – Burlington: .356 avg.; 2B; 3B; SB
JASON JACOBSON – Waterford: .440 avg.; HR; 7 RBI; 7 BB; 2B
TANNER WENSMAN- Oconomowoc: .386 avg.; .467 obp; 6 SB
Jeff Smith – Rome: .423 avg.; .531 obp; 4 2B; 2 SB; 8 runs
Anthony Laske – Wales: .471 avg.; 5 SB
James Gattis – North Prairie: .565 avg.
Also nominated: Brian Leet (Ixonia), Sam Loppnow (Oconomowoc), Matt Lang (East Troy), Devin Kornowski (Wales), Lucas Bourassa (Wales), Tyler Sadowski (North Prairie), Jon Schoch (Burlington)
Designated Hitter: This one really wasn’t tough. Bart’s having a good season in what he SAYS is his final year in the league.
BART NOWICKI – Waterford: .412 avg.; HR; 6 RBI; 2B
Josh Johns – Wales: .357 avg.; .438 obp
Also nominated: Scott Sayles (Oconomowoc)
Ben Korman – Waterford: .330 avg.; 7 BB; 2 2B
Nick Aplin – Rome: .345 avg.; .457 obp; 3 SB; 8 runs; 5 BB
Pitchers: So normally there are seven pitchers selected, however, knowing there have been a number of postponements so makeup games may be scheduled around All-Star weekend, and some guys’ arms may be sore at this time of year, it was decided these pitchers that were nominated made the team. This doesn’t diminish anything they’ve done or the credibility in the voting. In fact, looking at them all, they all have solid, and unique, assets. In the end, Burlington’s Brian Henschel is the starter. It was a close vote between him and the veteran Todd Nabor.
BRIAN HENSCHEL – Burlington: 2-0; Save; 0.42 ERA; 21 innings; 22 Ks; 9 hits
Karl Richter – Burlington: 3-0; 0.00 ERA; 21 innings; 8 Ks
Matt Demarais – Genesee: 3-2; 4.50 ERA
Drew Taylor – Oconomowoc: 2-0; 20 innings; 14 hits; 2 BB; 0.45 ERA
Todd Nabor – East Troy: “He’s pretty good”
Keaton Wigdal – Dousman: 4-1; 41 innings; 2.56 ERA; 18 Ks
Scott Rivers – Wales: 2-1; 3.32 ERA; 23 Ks
Marcus Perleberg – Wales: 1-0; 3.86 ERA
Jordan Pasek – North Prairie: 1-1; 3.62 ERA; Save; 30 Ks; 29 innings
So in breaking it down, here are the teams and the number of representatives they have:
Wales – 5
Waterford – 5
Burlington – 4
North Prairie – 4
Oconomowoc – 3
East Troy -3
Dousman – 2
Rome – 2
Ixonia – 1
Keep in mind a few things…there were a couple more than usual put on the All-Star team because in the past couple of years, especially last season, a number of players decided not to go and left the squad hanging. Therefore, if that were to happen this season, they’d still have plenty of guys. Also, a number of players who you might think should have been nominated weren’t because it may be their only weekend of baseball off all summer, so they take advantage of it by going away on vacation or spending time with family, etc.
Either way, this year’s squad is SOLID and the best news is it’ll be in East Troy on Sunday, June 30th for a 1:30 p.m. start time!
Express outlast Frogs 8-7
The East Troy Express and Dousman Frogs tangled in LOL action and the Visitors from ET would pull out a heartstopping 8-7 victory. East Troy started fast in the top of the 1st when Jory Tess singled. After a force out , Jeff Tess would rip a 2 out Rbi double to open the scoring. Al Loth then walked and Myles Olsen laced a single to drive in Tess and make it 2-0. The Frogs would answer 2 runs of thier own with the help of a few walks off starter Matt Lang and some awful defense by East Troy. The Express would rally again in the second with one out Jory Tess doubled and Ryan Kehl followed with a base hit and then Kehl stole second. Matt Lang then singled to drive in Jory and Jeff Tess again came thru with a base hit to left to drive in Kehl. Al Loth hit a fielders chioce to drive in a run to make it 5-2. The Frogs again would tie the score before the Express would plate 3 runs in the top of the 9th. After one out, Adam Wolter walked and Travis Krauss followed by ripping a double down the line to put runner on second and third. Jory Tess would stride to the plate and deliver a booming double to deep left center to drive in 2 runs. Kehl would follow suit and triple in Tess to complete the scoring. Matt Lang would grind thru 5 inning and Todd Nabor would wiggle out of an absolute mess by inducing a double play ground out to Jory with a great pick by Krauss to seal the "W"
Express bats break out in a Grand way versus Ixonia
The East Troy Express traveled to Ixonia on Sunday and the offense finally showed up in a big way helping the visitors to a 10-2 victory. The Express got on the board early when Jeff Tess and Kurt Wenzel singled and Adam "Sweats" Wolter followed with an Rbi single of his own. "Sweats" is returning from a few years off due to a job change but now that he has returned to normal hours he has rejoined the squad. Todd Nabor would get the ball for ET and was solid going 7 innings and allowing 2 runs(1earned) and seemed to be in control all day. East Troy started Al Loth at catcher but he would have to be replaced again by shortstop Jory Tess in the 2 inning due to a thumb injury. Myles Olsen moved to shortstop from leftfield and he was out in leftfield in more ways than one. Olsen - who attended the Zac Brown concert, brought back memories of his HOF father Mike, but not because of stellar play, but because he smelt of Bud Light and Makers Mark and gutted it out all game without hurling or should I saying throwing up. Way to make your dad proud Myles! Al Loth would come on to close the door for the final 2 innings. The game was tight until the 7 inning when East Troy would load the bases leading 5-2. Jory Tess singled and Olsen walked as did Loth to bring up power hitting Jeff Tess who would launch a grand slam to deep left that landed on Hwy 16 and essentially ended the game. East Troy would tack on the final run on a warning track double by Jory Tess who drove in Mike Atkinson. Jory Tess finished 2-4 with a double and stolen base. East Troy travels to Dousman I believe this Saturday for Derby Days
EAST TROY TO HOLD GOLF OUTING MAY 18TH AND EVERYONE IS INVITED
The East Troy Express will be holding the annual Sammy's Place sponsered golf outing on May 18th. The event with be held at Alpine Valley with registration at 8:30 am with a shotgun start at 9:30. After the golf we will head up to Sammy's for a Pig Roast meal followed by live music by Luke Schmidt and the Cold Cold ones. The Express then hope to wake up in time the following day to play a home game against the Ixonia Snappers at 1:30. Anyone interested in playing in the event can click on the link below.
East Troy Bats missing VS Barons
East Troy lost to Burlington and only had 4 hits, Jeff Tess, Jory Tess, Kurt Wenzel and somebody else had a hit.
Express rally late to up end Waterford 4-3
One week after suffering a heartbreaking late game loss, the East Troy Express reversed fortunes against the visiting Waterford Riveman and scratched out a 4-3 victory. It was a day for pitching as Todd Nabor and Waterford's Bronson Arroyo look alike dueled pitch for pitch with hits, let alone runs hard to come by. Nabor was locked in on the hill, going 7 innings, striking out 9. His only blemish was a down and in curve ball that aging slugger Bart Nowicki took out his 3 iron and golfed into the skatepark to give Waterford a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the 8th, East Troy would mount the game winning rally in ugly fashion. Jeff Tess, Kurt Wenzel and Travis Krauss reached base via Fielders choice , Walk and infield single to load or should I say, clog up the base paths with a combined age of 109 years old and not a one with the ability to break 5.0 seconds in the forty yard dash. Tess would score via pass ball and Wenzel and Krauss would follow after a clutch 2 rbi base hit by Murphy Olsen to put the home team up 4-3. Matt Lang would come on to close the door for the save. Other highlights on the day- Al Loth caught for the second straight week before a thumb injury forced Jory Tess to wear the tools of ignorance for the final 2 innings. Tess smoked what appeared to be a solo homerun but then the ball landed 60 ft short of the fence for a double. Jory ,who said he got all it, is batting .500 with a couple doubles and is looking for a supply of HGH. Speaking of doubles, Loth had one as well as a walk before begging out of catching(smart move Al). Mike Atkinson had a base hit to extend his career long hitting streak to 2 games. Hall of Famer Mike Olsen was at the game to watch his son Myles play. The attendace was announced at 107 people.
EAST TROY DROPS OPENER 6-5
The East Troy Express opened the 2013 Land O' Lakes season with a loss to Genessee by a score of 6-5. The Express were highlighted by Todd Nabor and 6 strong innings leaving with a 4-1 lead. Nabor also was in the lineup as a hitter and proved Coach Wenzel correct by hammering a fastball over the trees in center field. A couple of errors late in the game cost Todd the victory and player of the week honors. The Express offense was lead by shortstop Jory Tess who finished 3-5 with a double and a couple runs scored. Matt Lang had 2 hits highlighted by a triple off the wall in center. Al Loth gets the nod for most willing to suck it up and play catcher. Loth did a nice job behind the dish with Ryan Kehl unavailable due to law school exams. Lord knows this team needs a good lawyer. East Troy has a home game against Waterford this Sunday at 1:30
Reality Check- Titans sweep Express
ET beats Burlington 9-2
East Troy Tops Rome 12-7
Hell may have froze over, East Troy beats Waterford
Errors spell doom in 7-6 loss
Express sweep Ixonia- ascend to 1st place
The Express bats got off to an excellent start in the top of the 1st by scoring 3 runs. After an out, Ryan Kehl walked and Matt Lang crushed a double to the wall to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Jory Tess singled to drive in Lang. Al Loth singled and Nick Douglas had a sac fly to complete the inning. The Express would hand another 3 spot on the board in the 3rd. Jory Tess singled as did Al Loth. Nick Douglas was beaned to load the bases. Jory scored on a pass ball and then Jeff Tess singled to drive in Loth and Douglas to push the lead to 6-0. Todd Nabor worked 6 innings - striking out 11 batters and walked 2, allowing 4runs, 2 earned. Al Loth came in and closed the door to earn the save
East Troy finally busted out a can of whoop ass in game 2. The offense had been steady all year but this was the break out game the team needed. In the bottom half of 1, the Express again scored 3. Kehl singled and Lang again doubled to drive in Kehl. Al Loth Nick Douglas and Kurt Wenzel singled and Jeff Tess was hit by a pitch and the blowout was on. The Express would score 8 runs in the 2nd. Dan Douglas singled, Matt Lang singled, Jory walked Loth singled and Nick walked. Wenzel then hit a sac fly. Jeff Tess doubled and drove in 2 runs. Mike Atkinson walked and Danny had his 2nd hit to make the score 11-0 and the subs were in. Austin Casper singled as did Puerto Rican JoJo Alvaro. Travis Krauss shocked the LOL league by singling up the middle and then doubling in the RIGHT centerfield gap. TTown is known for pulling the ball to left in BP, rarely keeping many balls fair down the 3rd base line, let alone going oppo!! Great job Travis! The man who really owned the day was Murphy Olsen. Murphy hit a 2 run bomb for his 1st career HR at any level. His home run trot took almost 30 seconds and was reminisant of Jeffery Leonards 1 flap down gallop. Matt Lang again pitched great for the Express - going the distance striking out 10 and allowiing 2 earned runs. The Express travel to Burlington on parade day Sunday at 1:30.
East Troy tops North Prairie in double dip
Todd Nabor started game one and went the distance allowing 4 runs but only 1 earned run and stuck out 9 hitters. The most imressive stat by Nabor was the fact that he did not walk a batter. The usually solid defense had a few miscues that allowed the Dawgs to jump out to a 4-2 lead before the Express would put together a classic East Troy rally. 3 straight walks to open the inning by the NP starter loaded the bases. Jeff Tess then pulled one out of the Roger Dorn school of baseball and leaned into one and was hit by a pitch to drive in a run. A pass ball tied the score. Another walk and another pass ball and the rally was on. Matt Lang then was Hit on the foot and when the dust settled the Express led 7-4. They would hang on and take game one.
The star of this game was starting pitcher Matt Lang. Bottom line is that Matty was dominate in going the distance allowing only 4 hits while striking out 5 and he too did not allow a walk. We think it might be a Land O Lakes record in that ET did not issue a free pass in either game. Kurt Wenzel had the big blow by hitting a triple to dead center that would have been a homer in any other park, driving in 2 runs. Jeff Tess followed with a single to drive in Wenzel. Dan Douglas had the game clinching base hit driving in 2 runs. Jory Tess had 2 hits and looks to be making a bid to return to the All Star game. Catcher Ryan Kehl had a hit and 2 more stolen bases in his bid to lead the league in swipes. Nick Douglas has been the most consistant hitter also had 2 hits.
The Express have another double dip this Sunday against Ixonia at noon
Express sweep Wales in weekend match up
On a sundrenched and wind swept Sunday afternoon, the East Troy Express beat a game Wales Royals squad in the doubleheader. Wales entered the contest without a win and seemed poised to pull the upset leading 4-3 in the 5th inning when ET loaded the based. Andy Kiesow came up big with a bases clearing triple to put the home team up 6-3. East Troy starter Todd Nabor would go 6 plus for the win. Al Loth would come on for the save. 3rd baseman Kurt Wenzel stayed hot collecting 2 hits. East Troy also had the return of Dan Douglas to the top of the order. Nick Douglas had a couple hits and 2 RBI on the day.
The tail end of the weekend series saw Matt Lang battle for 7 innings and keeping the Express on top. Matty was able to wiggle off the the hook in the top of the 7th with bases loaded and get the complete game W. The Express offense put up 9 runs and were led by Jory Tess who connected for a 2 run homer that was a jet stream special. Mike Atkinson was trying to follow suit but was robbed at the wall. Murphy Olsen played 3rd and colleted a double and let every ground ball hit him in the chest. Ryan Kehl somehow managed to steal 3 bases without a hit. He also threw out 3 runners.
Good Day at the park for Express! Win 6-1
East Troy beats Genesse 5-1
Rome Tops Express 7-4
Rough Start for Express
Rained out - Make up game scheduled for Thursday at 7pm
TIME FOR THE SEASON TO BEGIN
EXPRESS TO HOLD GOLF OUTING MAY 19TH
The East Troy Express are holding a golf outing fund raiser followed by a Pig Roast on Saturday May 19th. All players, family and friends as well as LOL supports are encouraged to sign up and play!! Hopefully this attachment opens for you!!
TIME TO BEGIN A NEW CHAPTER
It should be a good year!! Baseball is in the air.
Express Dream Season Continues!! Express take SW Title!!
Picture and Summary to come by Wednesday night
Express sweep Frogs in season finale, playoffs loom
Express roll in sweep of Oconomowoc
The Express sent Todd Nabor to the mound in game 2 and he would get off to a rough start, allowing 3 1st inning runs. Todd would go 5 innings beforer leaving with the Express down 7-6. His replacement was a surprise to us all as Coach Wenzel would call on Jory Tess to bail the Express out. Jory came thru clutch as he wiggled out of the 5 inning mess, then set the side down in or in the 6th and 7th stiking out 4. His performance in keeping ET in the game set the stage for an Express rally to win it in the bottom of the 7th. Justin Keegan lead off with a walk. He advanced to 2nd on a steal and on to 3rd after a passed ball.Matt Lang walked and stole 2nd. Ryan Kehl then walked to load the bases and Kurt Wenzel hit a rocket over the outfielders to complete the comeback and give the Express the win 8-7.
The Express were given new pictures of this game by local newsman Eric Kramer. Thanks Eric, they look great!! The pictures are up under the Oconomowoc header! Check em out!
Express lay egg against Waterford
Express close out Rome 4-3
News and Notes:
Jeb Loth had a couple hits for ET
Ryan Kehl had a bunt single to break a minor drought
Travis Krauss got the start at 1st base
Jory Tess didn't pass out after his birthday and had hit and a web gem!
Kurt Wenzel had another hit and appears to be coming around.
Sweats wife Crysta was sick and couldnt attend, get well soon.
This weekend has a golf tourney and the all star game
The East Troy Express have the weekend off from any LOL match ups, but it far from an empty slot on the calendar. The Express are having a fundrasing golf outing benefitting the team and the hopes of redoing the infield with new dirt and the mound with a clay base. The Event will be held at Alpine Valley golf course. Please follow the link provided if you are interested in playing. 10 am shotgun start! Food and fun to follow!!
EAST TROY WELL REPRESENTED IN ALL STAR GAME
The LOL all star game will be held in Genessee on July 10th at 1.30 and the Express will have a number of players on the field. Justin Keegan will start in center. Jory Tess will make his 1st appearance in the game and will play shortstop. Matt Lang and Todd Nabor will be on the hill as pitchers. Dan Douglas was too play but has since left the team to play in Springfield. His replacement has not yet been named.
East Troy rallies to beat Delavan 8-7
Express rally to beat Burlington 7-6
New 2011 pictures are now up. Please take a second to check them out. They were taken and given to the Express by Eric Kramer, thank you Eric, they are appreciated!
Congrats to the Express in having a number of players named to the all star game.
Justin Keegan will start in the outfield he is the only Express starter which seems odd considering we are in 1st place but it happens to us every year
Jory Tess is making his 1st all star appearance along with Dan Douglas. The double play tamdem should be playing in a buch of these games for years to come.
Matt Lang and Todd Nabor will pitch in the game. Lang is undefeated and should have been named starter. Nabor is an all star every year and he deserves it. Good Luck to the boys!! The Game is in Genessee in 2 weeks.
Battle for 1st place goes to the Express
The Express website has been updated and the 2011 stats are now current and up to date as of Wednesday night 6-22. The Express hope to send a number of players to represent the SW in the all star game. The voting is Monday night. Here is a sample of the Express roster.
Justin Keegan OF .548 I checked the stats twice and they are correct!
Jory Tess SS .488 having a monster year and a web gem regular
Dan Douglas .444 mister everywhere 4Sb's tough leadoff man
Matt Lang .375 and should be pitching in game.
Jeffery Tess .340, team leading 18runs, 13RBI and 2HR's
Todd Nabor having another great year on the hill for league leading ET
Jeb Loth .333 behind the dish and DH
Express sweep Ixonia
The Express were led by Matt Lang who again dominated from the hill. Lang should be a lock for the all star game on the hill. His control and velocity kept the snappers at bay all game. The offense was led by a blazing hot Justin Keegan and Jeff Tess. Keegs had another big game going 2-3 with a couple walks and 2 rbi. Tess launched a home run to put the game out of reach. Jo Jo Alvaro was 2-4 with a rbi. Al Loth chipped in with a couple hits. Jory Tess continued his all star season by making an unbelievable catch and collecting a couple hits as well. Jeb Loth drove back from Minnesota to rake all day, getting 2 hits in game one with a ringing double off the wall.
Al Loth toed the rubber and was in top form. With Todd Nabor and a slew of other starters taking a fathers day break, Al stepped up a threw heat all game, going the full duty getting 6 k.s. Dan Douglas had 2 hits again. Jeff Tess had a double and another home run driving in 4 runs. Jeb Loth had two hits. Justin keegan had 3 more hits to make his claim on the sw all star team. JoJo had another big hit driving in 2. Travis TTown Krauss drove in a run. The Express seem to be hitting on all cylinders heading into a showdown with Burlington this Wednesday night. The Express may be thin the bullpen but the offense looks to carry the load.
East Troy take 2 from North Prairie
Lang had 6 strikeouts and only 2 walks in going the distance. The Dawgs had 4 hits on the day. Lang allowed 2 earned runs in the 4th inning and that was it. The Express offense was solid in game 1. Double D Dan Douglas lead off with a double, then advanced to 3rd on a passed ball. Jeff Tess had a sac fly to put ET up 1-0. ET tacked on another run in the 2nd and then one in the 3rd. Lang was able to drive in a run as was Jory Tess. Lang finished the game with 3 hits as did Douglas. Al Loth was 2-3 in the game. The Express put the game away with a few insurance runs in the 6th.
Todd Nabor got the complete game effort in game 2 as ET took command early and never looked back. Justin Keegan doubled off the wall in center to drive in Jeff Tess who reached via single. Ryan Kehl walked Jory Tess reached on fielders choich and Kurt Wenzel had a base hit, which maybe his first legit hit of the year! Jeb Loth had a hit as did Al Loth. JoJo Alvaro came off the bench to go 2-2 with a double. The Puerto Rican sensation drove in a run. The Express are now 7-2 on the year. They travel to Ixonia for a doubleheader in Sunday. Game time is noon.
Express sweep Wales with Jeb Loth's walk off hit!
Game 2 was a classice ended by Jeb Loths walk off single in extra innings. Keegan had a cluth double off the wall to drive in 2. Jory Tess had a big hit as did Kurt Wenzel. The Express travel to North Prairie on Sunday for a noon start.
Express sweeps Genessee
The Express had a breakout weekend in sweeping the Genessee Rebels and improved to 3-2 on the year. In game one ET Express pounded out 14 hits in a 9-3 victory. East Troy was at full strength for this game and it showed. Dan Douglas had 3 hits in the lead off spot. Jory Tess continuned his torrid start by going 3-4 with 2 rbi. Justin Keegan had 3 hits as well. Matt Lang went the distance for the win.
The Express offense exploded for 17 hits in game 2 for a blowout win 19-7. Ryan Kehl in his return went 3-5 with 2 homeruns and 7rbi. Justin Keegan went 4-4 and Jory Tess went 2-4 with 3 runs scored. Matt Lang had 2 hits as did Al Loth. Todd Nabor started and went 3 innings before leaving with tightness in his quad. Al Loth came in relief and was solid in collecting the win. It was a nice day to get everyone in the game and Coach Kurt Wenzel says the Express train is rolling. East Troy has a doubleheader Sunday against Dousman. The Frogs sit atop the LOL standings at 3-1. Game time is at noon.
Stars of the day-
Justing Keegan 7-8 5 runs and 3 rbi
Jory Tess 5-8, 4 runs scored double, 3 rbi's hitting .650 (13-20)
Ryan Kehl 4-6, 2 homeruns 7 rbi,
One for the good guys
2011 season set to begin!
Waterford takes two from Express
East Troy takes out frustration on Delavan 17-3
Ixonia derails Express with taste of own medicine
Adam "Sweats" Wolter hits 2 run walk off HR!! Matt Lang for MVP!!
Where do you start when describing the events that took place Sunday afternoon as the Express swept a solid Genesee Rebel squad. In game one it was the Matt Lang show!! Matty took the mound and was dominating in getting both the win and the save!! Lang went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and one run. With the Express up 8-1, coach Wenz took the liberty to put in reliever Tyler who promptly walk the lead off hitter, gave up a base hit and walked another to load the bases. After a brief chat and another runner reaching base, Matt was called into duty with the bases drunk, and nobody out. He proceeded to get a pop out, a K, and a ground out as the Express won 8-2. On top of going the distance, Lang was 4-4 at the plate, with 3 rbi. If that is not having a day, I don't know what is!! The Express opened the scoring in the 1st as Dan Douglas lead off with a base hit. Jeff Tess followed with a base knock himself. Justin Keegan walked to load the bases. Lang then crushed a triple to drive in 3 runs. Jory Tess then walked and Andy Kiesow roped and rbi single to left. When the smoke cleared it was East Troy up 5-0. Tess finished the game 2-3 with a double. Kiesow was 3-4 with a triple and a couple RBIs.
Game 2 had a whole different feel as Genesee came out hacking! The Rebels pounded out 7 hits in the 1st inning to jump out to a 6-0 lead. After tacking on another run in the 3rd the Express began an epic come back. The Express scored 2 in the 3rd, 3 in the 5th and 2 in the 6th to tie up the game at 7-7. In the bottom of the 7th, Steve Senft reached base via error with no body out. Coach Wenzel, in a briilant move, called Adam "Sweats" Wolter not only into the game, but called him at work and told him to get his ass to the park. Sweats, who in Kirk Gibson type fashion, hobbled to the plate with a pulled groin and quad, went expecting to get the bunt sign. Tim Wenzel instead let Adam swing away and then it happened, a line drive bullet to right field, sailing far over the fence for a thrilling 2 run walk off home run as the Express prevailed 9-7. Matt Lang contined his hot streak by hitting a home run over the softball fence as many old timers think that dong may have been the longest since the wood bat era. Matty finished the day 6-8, wtih 2 triples, a home run and 5 rbi. Any Kiesow was also outstanding going 5-8 on the day. Jeff Tess went 3-6 with a double and 3 rbi. Justin Keegan had 3 hits. The Express have climbed into 2nd place and are now 14-4. This week will be a battle as the Express play Thursday night in Waterford against Ixonia. Then on Saturday, Delavan comes to East Troy. On Sunday the Express will host a double dip against Waterford.
East Troy downs Dousman 5-4
Express sweep double dip in Mukwonago
A shorthanded East Troy Express were able to battle the heat and a limited roster to sweep the Mukwonago Laker on Sunday. The Express were without Todd Nabor and turned to closer Matt Lang to take the hill in game one. Lang who pitches and plays outfield for Wisconsin Luthern pitched a gem, going the distance while giving up only 4 hits and striking out 7. Lang also had a triple in the decisive inning when the Express scored 3 runs and went on to win 4-1.
In the back end of the double dip ET used 3 pitchers and shotty defense by the Lakers to take a comfortable 14-6. Walks by the Muktown pitching as well as a number of pass balls help the Express offense. The bright spot was Al Loth, who logged 3 innings of scoreless relief. The wins propell ET into a virtual tie for 2nd place. East Troy travels to Ixonia on Saturday and then has a home game against Genesse on Sunday.