Stratford baseball pounds Assumption

WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Stratford pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of a number of Wisconsin Rapids Assumption miscues to rout the Royals 21-2 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Tuesday at Witter Field.

Stratford scored in five of its first six at-bats to pull out to an 8-0 lead. After Assumption scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers put the game out of reach with a 13-run seventh.

Ty Pankratz went 4-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored, and Riley Bauman hit a home run to lead the Stratford offense.

In addition to their 15 hits, the Tigers (12-2, 8-1 Marawood South) were able to capitalize on 10 Assumption (1-11, 1-8 Marawood South) walks and six errors by the Royals.

Lance Heidmann and Devyn Palmer each added a pair of hits, and Chandler Schmidt, Palmer and Kale Weisenberger each had two RBIs for Stratford.

Heidmann was the winning pitcher, allowing just one hit in four shutout innings.

The two teams will meet again at Stratford on Thursday. With a win, the Tigers would earn at least a share of the Marawood South title.

Tigers 21, Royals 2
Stratford 110 141 (13) – 21 15 0
Assumption 000 002 0 – 2 3 6
WP:
Lance Heidmann. LP: Kopacz.
SO: Heidmann (4 inn.) 5, Eli Drexler (2 inn.) 3, Dawson Moen (1 inn.) 1; Kopacz (4 1/3 inn.) 0, Dolau (2 inn.) 1, Sullivan (2/3 inn.) 1. BB: Heidmann 2, Drexler 2, Moen 0; Kopacz 5, Dolau 1, Sullivan 4.
Top hitters: S, Chandler Schmidt 1×4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Kale Weisenberger 2 RBIs; Hunter Ford 2 runs; Heidmann 2×2, 3 runs; Riley Bauman HR, RBI; Ty Pankratz 4×6, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Kade Ehrike 2B, run; Dylan Schoenherr 2B; Devyn Palmer 2×3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Mavrick Liccardi 2 runs. WRA, Kopacz 3B, RBI.
Records: Stratford 12-2, 8-1 Marawood Conference South Division; Assumption 1-11, 1-8 Marawood South.