By RON DEUTER
FLORENCE, Wis. – A dominant performance from senior pitcher Marshall Kelley capped a perfect week for the Florence Bobcats.
The Bobcats whipped Laona-Wabeno 11-1 in five innings Friday in Northern Lakes Conference baseball at Red Johnson Field.
Kelley struck out 10 Rebel hitters, allowing just two hits and walking none.
“He’s got movement to his pitches,” Florence manager Dave LaPoint said. “It’s a natural movement, and when he gets that movement, it’s hard to hit.”
Laona-Wabeno actually struck first in the contest, plating a first-inning tally on a passed ball. But the Rebels never threatened again.
Florence erupted for five runs in the second and closed the game with a five-run fifth.
A couple of walks ignited the Bobcats in the second. Florence’s first-runs came in on wild pitches before John Lemanski poked in a third run with a two-out shot that got through the left side.
Nate Krueger followed with another grounder through the left side, moving Lemanski to third. Lemanski then came in on another wild pitch.
Spencer Davis made it 5-1 with a sharp single to left.
The big blow of the fifth inning was a two-run single down the left field line by Davis. He wound up scoring on a throwing error later in the frame to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Krueger and Davis finished with two singles each. Lemanki wound up with three stolen bases.
“And we played pretty good defense tonight, too,” LaPoint noted. “It’s been a good week.”
The game marked the home opener for the Bobcats after several earlier cancellations. A warm and even slightly muggy early afternoon quickly gave way to overcast, mist and wind by first pitch, resulting in a cold and blusterly evening.
Florence (3-0, 3-0) heads to Dunbar to face Goodman/Pembine Thursday.
Laona-Wabeno10000 – 1
Florence05105 – 11