Baserunner Brad Sowinski successfully negotiated a pickle play as he got caught off second base during Monday’s game with league rival Tomahawk.
Baserunner Brad Sowinski successfully negotiated a pickle play as he got caught off second base during Monday’s game with league rival Tomahawk.
The 2018 summer league season closed on the Post 114 Northwoods Eagles Monday night in Eagle River.

Following a 3-0 loss to Tomahawk, the focus for the team and coach Josh Tilley turns to the postseason. Being over a week and a half away means plenty of time to regroup and recharge the batteries for a team that played well over the course of the summer, but finished 1-9 overall in the Great Northern Legion League.

“Our record doesn’t reflect how we’ve played,” Tilley said Monday night. “It’s frustrating, for them and us (that we haven’t gotten more wins).”

After taking almost two full weeks off, the team will focus on the Class AA Legion Regional tourney to be hosted in Rhinelander, July 19-22. The Northwoods team will face Shawano in the first round of the double-elimination tourney, and then if they win, will take on the winner of Antigo vs. Rhinelander.

Monday night against a good Tomahawk team, again it came down to one costly error and the lack of offense which cost the Eagles in a 3-0 loss.

Josh Meier got the start on the mound for Post 114 and threw well, going into the sixth before giving way to Nate Hopkins who finished out the sixth and seventh.

The Eagles struggled against Tomahawk starter Jake Ruid, who struck out the side in the first and second innings, working around a first-inning walk and stolen base from Brad Sowinski to get himself to the fourth before running into trouble.

Sowinski reached on his second walk of the game to lead off the inning. Ciran then singled into right which put runners on first and second with Tucker Wittkopf coming to bat.

A deep fly ball to left-center was unable to move the runners up, and after a fly ball to left, Nate Hopkins earned a walk to load the bases for Patrick Heck.

After a pitching change it took Tomahawk reliever Sam VonSchrader just one pitch to get out of the jam as Peck rolled a hard ground ball to second base for the final out of the inning.

Coming back in the top of the fifth, Tomahawk put together a scoring rally which proved to be enough.

With one out in the fifth, a walk to lead-off hitter Nathan Kahle got the inning started. 

Kahle then stole second and third base to put himself in scoring position.

Ian Scheffler singled to plate the first run before Shawn Dirkx lined out to Sowinski at third to put two away.

Scheffler took second base on a steal, and after Ruid walked to put two on, a RBI single off the bat of Nate Arnott made it 2-0 Tomahawk as Ruid moved over to third base to put runners on second and third.

An error at short plated the third run and put runners on the corners for Tomahawk before an attempted double steal ended in a 2-6-2 putout at the plate to end the inning.

The Eagles’ offense fell flat following their rally in the fourth as they would go in order through the fifth, sixth and seventh, ending the game with a 6-4-3 double play.

Tomahawk scattered eight hits on the night, seven of which came off Meier through five. Meier struck out six, walked three and gave up just the two earned runs in the loss.

Hopkins recorded five outs after taking over for Meier, allowing just one hit, striking out one and walking just one in relief.

Ruid picked up the win, going 3 2/3 innings, allowing just the one hit, striking out seven and walking three.

Loss to Rebels

A second inning rally put Northwoods up 3-2 in Rhinelander last week, but the Rebels would respond with four in their half of the second, one in the third and four more in the fourth as they cruised to a 14-4 league win July 2.

Five defensive miscues helped Rhinelander through the evening as Stetson Flannery, Zach Ciran, Ben Tilley and Trevor Hopkins all shared pitching duties for Post 114.

Brad Shephard and Brad Sowinski each had two hits offensively for Northwoods while Tilley, Ciran and Nick Edwards also recorded hits.