Patriots rally for first win

ELCHO, Wis. – Goodman-Pembine, at one time down 14-4, roared back for an 18-16 Northern Lakes Conference baseball win over Elcho Saturday.

“It was not a very clean game,” Patriots coach Evan Neuens said. “We both put the ball in play all day long but both struggled to get outs.”

Danny Decker led the charge at the plate for the Patriots with a 4-for-4 afternoon with three RBIs. Three of his four hits came with two strikes.

The Patriots, recording 18 hits in the game, trailed 7-2 after two innings and were down 10 after three. An eight-run fourth brought Goodman-Pembine back into the game.

Randall Bose and Mike Bruce added to an explosive comeback with homeruns in the fourth and fifth innings respectively. Bose, with two hits in the game, had three RBIs. Bruce totaled four hits, also ripping a double. He collected three RBIs. Jacob Garrelts had a three-hit game with a double and four RBIs.

“I am happy with our performance at the plate but in the field we have a lot of work to do,” Neuens said.

TJ Hilkert started for the Patriots on the mound.

“He pitched very well in a few long innings,” Neuens said. “He threw strikes but we let him down in the field.”

Bruce took over in relief, limiting the Hornets to just two more hits.

“Once Mike came in, in the fourth, our defense started to step it up and give him the support we needed to keep our lead,” Neuens said.

Goodman-Pembine (1-3) plays at Laona/Wabeno Thursday.

Goodman/Pemb. 202 823 1 – 18

Elcho 437 010 1 – 16