Hollander Drop Game One to Winsted
Posted July 27, 2017
The road to regions just got a little bit harder for the Cologne Hollanders after last night's 5-2 loss to the Winsted Wildcats. The Wildcats jumped out in front in the top of the first inning as the lead-off hitter drew a walk and the textbook bunt, get him over, base hit scored the first run. Cologne's starter, Zack Nelson, then settled down for the next four innings only allowing one hit. Winsted then went up two runs in the top of the sixth after a lead-ff double, a sacrifice bunt and another base hit scored the run. The Hollander bats were cold last night against Winsted's starting pitcher Shane Kahn. Cologne had their chances to put up runs, but Kahn was able to bear down and get the outs to get out of jams. Cologne's two runs came in the bottom half of the sixth as Casey Clemensen drew a lead-off walk and Carter Clemensen moved him over to second on a ground ball. With two outs, Anthony Brenner tied the game at two with a two-run homerun. To the Hollanders dismay Winsted answered right back with three runs in the top of the seventh and with Cologne's cold bats essentially put the game away. Cologne managed to only get four hits on the night (Carter-2, Brenner-1, Jon Kummer-1) along with six walks. With eight runners left on the bases the Hollanders had their chances to score runs, but clutch hitting has been come-and-go all season. Now the boys need to win the next two straight to make it to the Crow River Valley League Regional Tournament. Payback to Winsted will come this Friday night as the Hollanders hit the road and travel to Winsted for a 7:30pm showdown.