NIAGARA, Wis. – Hunter Kaldor turned in a gem for Niagara Thursday afternoon at Memorial Park but was outdueled by Peshtigo hurler Jordan Berth, as the Badgers fell 1-0 in M&O Conference baseball.
“Hunter Kaldor pitched a beautiful game,” Niagara manager Dean Neveau said. “You couldn’t ask for sophomore to throw like he did today. He got ahead on the batters right away. He had them fooled.”
Kaldor, going the full seven innings, allowed just three hits and struck out eight. He walked only one.
Berth countered with a four-hit shutout, fanning 12 Badgers while walking one.
The game was a scoreless tie through three innings. Peshtigo’s Marcus Sharkley reached with a single in the fourth and was later driven home with a single by Berth.
Chase Champagne led the Badgers, going 2-for-3. Jake Pedrotti added a double.
“Our younger hitters are now making good contact,” Neveau said. “We just have to find a way to get runs in. I’m proud of them. We’re a young group.”
Niagara (3-4 M&O) will head to Norway Saturday for the Lofholms/Peterson Electric tournament. The Badgers face Norway in the second game of the day. Niagara returns home Monday to host Gillett.
Bobcats blank Three Lakes
THREE LAKES, Wis. – Nate Krueger and Spencer Davis combined on a five-hit shutout to lift Florence to an 8-0 win over Three Lakes Thursday in Northern Lakes Conference baseball.
“It was a good win,” Florence manager Dave LaPoint said. “Our pitching and defense was really good. I was impressed with the way we played. It was a big game for us, so it was a good time to step up.”
The Bobcats led 2-0 before padding the lead with a five-run fifth.
Krueger had two hits, including a double for Florence. Marshall Kelley hit a double and collected three RBIs. Lukas Gareau poked two singles, and John Lemanski had a double.
The Bobcats were active on the basepaths, with Krueger, Gareau and Lemanski all stealing two bases apiece.
Krueger and Davis didn’t walk a single batter and totaled seven strikeouts. Davis was making his varsity debut on the hill.
“He pitched wonderfully,” LaPoint said. “I was very pleased.”
The Bobcats return to field this afternoon, hosting Laona/Wabeno.