• A's claim first Rock title with 8-0 win over Milton
  • 2012 Rock River Grand Champions!!!
  • 2012 Final Record...41-8......Rock River...20-1.......Tri-County...9-3
  • Back-to-back Rock River Northern Division Regular Season Champs!!



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Rock River Grand Champions!!
The Kewaskum A's captured their first Rock River Grand Championship on Sunday afternoon with an 8-0 win over Milton. The win put an exclamation point on a remarkable season for the A's who finished a crazy 41-8 on the season. Great pitching, solid defense and clutch hitting were vital to the A's success all season and the championship game on Sunday proved to be no different.

The A's struck first in this one as veteran's Jason Strobel and Adam Sarauer got things rolling in the 2nd inning. Strobel reached via an infield single to leadoff the inning and advanced to second base on a wild pitch setting the table for Sarauer. Adam put together a solid at-bat and ripped a two-strike pitch through the right side to score Strobel and give the A's a 1-0 lead.

The A's played a little small ball in the 3rd inning to score another run. Jake Spaeth led the inning off with a single, and moved on to second base via a passed ball. Dan Shea and Austin Sarauer then both followed with groundouts to the right side, with Shea's groundout moving Spaeth to third and Sarauer's groundout driving Spaeth in for the A's second run of the game.

With the A's still up 2-0 in the 6th, Strobel reached with a two-out single through the left side to bring up Brad Young. Young delivered with a sinking line drive to center that got past the centerfielder on his attempt to catch the ball. Hustling all the way from first base, Strobel looked like he might score, but a perfect relay throw from shortstop to home cut down Strobel at the plate.

Riding this momentum, Milton put two runners on with one out in the bottom of the 6th and looked like they might score with their number four hitter coming to the plate. Starting and winning pitcher for the A's, Brad Young, was able to get a huge strikeout though, as he dropped in a perfect 2-2 curveball for strike three. The next batter popped out to catcher Alex Nuelk and the Milton threat to score was over.

Kewaskum gave themselves some breathing room in the 7th, when with one out, Alex Nuelk and Ty Schill reached base with back-to-back singles. After a flyout to left by Spaeth, Dan Shea walked to load the bases for Austin Sarauer. After a lengthy at-bat, where Sarauer fouled off numerous two-strike pitches, he eventually got a pitch he could drive and ripped a single through the right side scoring two runs to give the A's a 4-0 lead.

The game was then busted wide open in the 9th as the A's plated four runs on four hits to give themselves a comfortable 8-0 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. Austin Sarauer and Jason Strobel each had RBI singles in the inning. Milton would not go quietly though as they put runners on 1st and 3rd with one out in the 9th. The A's were able to get just what they needed though, in the form of a groundball double play to end it, and the celebration was on!!

Brad Young pitched another gem on the mound, going the entire way to get the shutout. He allowed 9 hits, to go along with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts. Offensively the A's were led by Austin Sarauer 2x5 (4 RBI's), Jake Spaeth 3x4 (2 runs), and Jason Strobel 3x5 (RBI). Ty Schill and Brad Young each chipped in with two hits as well.

As mentioned earlier, the win caps an extraordinary year for the A's. In addition to winning the Rock River championship on Sunday, the A's took home the Tri-County Night League championship, the SWABA Class 'A' championship, the NBC championship and the Plymouth Tourney championship, an incredible resume of championships, unlikely to be duplicated. In addition, this Rock River championship was a long time coming for this team as they have been through just about anything you can imagine on a baseball field over the years. There is no doubt that this makes this championship that much more gratifying.

Many thanks to our family, friends, fans and sponsors who made this summer such an enjoyable experience as well. We are glad we could share many of these memories of a lifetime with you!!

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kewaskum A's 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 4 8 15 0
Milton Raptors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Date: September 2, 2012     Time: 1:30pm      Venue: Milton - Schilberg Park   

Kewaskum A's
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Jake Spaeth 4 2 3 0 1 0
Dan Shea 4 1 1 0 1 1
Austin Sarauer 5 1 2 4 0 0
Kurt Zagzebski 5 0 0 0 0 0
Jason Strobel 5 1 3 1 0 2
Brad Young 5 0 2 0 0 2
Jake Panzer 1 0 0 0 0 0
Adam Sarauer 4 0 1 1 0 0
Alex Nuelk 5 1 1 0 0 0
Ty Schill 4 2 2 0 0 0
Totals 42 8 15 6 2 5
2B: Young
SB: Spaeth
Milton Raptors
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
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Kewaskum A's
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
Brad Young (W) 9.0 9 0 0 1 3 0
Milton Raptors
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
--- No Statistics Entered ---

A's take first game of finals
The Kewaskum A’s moved a step closer to winning their first Rock River title, with a 9-2 win over Milton on Saturday afternoon in Kewaskum. Milton threatened in the 1st as a one-out walk and a double to right put runners on 2nd and 3rd, but A’s starting pitcher Jim Ziegler was able to wiggle out of the inning without any damage.

The A’s struck first plating two runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Jason Strobel led off with a single, and came around to score on a throwing error by the pitcher on Brad Young’s swinging bunt. Young advanced all the way to third on the play, and was eventually knocked in by Ty Schill as he delivered with a clutch two-out RBI single.

The A’s extended their lead to 4-0 in the 5th as Austin Sarauer blasted his ninth home run of the year to right. The A’s gave themselves some additional breathing room in the 6th as Jason Strobel delivered a two-out 2 RBI single to make it 6-0.

Still leading 6-0 in the 8th, Alex Nuelk reached via a single up the middle, and Ty Schill walked to put two runners on for Jake Spaeth. Spaeth put an exclamation point on the day, as he crushed a three-run homer to right to push the A’s lead to 9-0. Milton added two runs in the 9th on a two run homer, but the A’s hung on for the game one win.

Jim Ziegler (8IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 2 K’s) picked up the win on the mound, while Jake Panzer threw the ninth. The A’s did strike out 14 times on the day, but made everyone of their eight hits count. Austin Sarauer 2x4 (HR, 2 RBI’s), Jason Strobel 2x4 (2 RBI’s) and Ty Schill 2x3 (RBI) led the A’s offensively on the day.

BOX SCORE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milton Raptors 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 7 2
Kewaskum A's 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 3 0 9 8 0
Date: September 1, 2012     Time: 1:30pm      Venue: Kewaskum - Kiwanis Park   

Milton Raptors
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
--- No Statistics Entered ---
Kewaskum A's
Hitters AB R H RBI BB K
Jake Spaeth 3 3 1 3 2 0
Dan Shea 4 1 0 0 0 3
Austin Sarauer 4 1 2 2 1 1
Kurt Zagzebski 3 0 0 0 0 2
Jason Strobel 4 1 2 2 0 2
Brad Young 4 1 0 0 0 2
Adam Sarauer 3 0 0 0 1 1
Alex Nuelk 4 1 1 0 0 2
Ty Schill 3 1 2 1 1 1
Jake Panzer 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jim Ziegler 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 32 9 8 8 5 14
HR: Spaeth, Sarauer
SB: Spaeth
HBP: Zagzebski, Schill (2)
SH: Shea

Milton Raptors
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
--- No Statistics Entered ---
Kewaskum A's
Pitchers IP H R ER BB K PT
Jim Ziegler (W) 8.0 4 0 0 3 2 0
Jake Panzer 1.0 3 2 2 0 1 0

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