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DCL BASEBALL: In Need of Men in Blue

Two years ago, I wrote an article about the shortage of umpires around the country and the abuse they take.

On July 9, Ivan Johnson was honored during the Washington Island game against Sister Bay for his 43 years of service to the league as an umpire. Johnson retired this year, furthering the shortage of umpires for ball games throughout the community. League president John Sawyer and umpire-in-chief Roger Van Lanen stepped in to ump the contest.

I don’t always don a halo during a tightly contested game in which my team is playing. And there are usually one or two people at every game who mention that they could do a better job, so if you really could, here’s your chance to step up and show it. Those interested in umpiring may contact Van Lanen at 920.609.2214.

Speaking of bad calls, the Swami had his first two-loss week of the year, which leaves his season record at 34-6.

Let’s take a look at Week 11.

Egg Harbor (6-4) @ Washington Island (6-4)

Both teams are coming off tough losses. The Indians are a different team when Riley Spetz is in town, and that showed Sunday. Cory Fuller, Nick Kita and Brady Kita were the lone bright spots on a day when their offense was shut down. Those three have been solid all year and will need the rest of the team to step up for this one because the Island team is no slouch.

Caleb Cornell and Luke Geiger were the hitting stars for the Island, getting three hits each, including a Geiger home run. The rest of the lineup was held in check, which spoiled some good pitching. The first time around, the Island won at Egg Harbor, and the key will be which Egg Harbor team shows up. Egg Harbor has dinged the Swami a few times this year. 

Swami says: Islanders.

Maplewood (4-6) @ West Jacksonport (6-4)

The Mets won in walk-off fashion as Zac Marchant’s home run – his second hit of the day – ended the ninth before it had really even started. Teammate Adam Gutschow also went deep, and Jayden Diller had two hits. Pitcher Jeremiah Jahnke had another strong outing, and Will Jandrin pitched two shutout innings in relief.

The Ports ended Egg Harbor’s win streak for the second time this season when Drew Tank shut down a lineup that had scored an absurd 65 runs during its four-game win streak. Jaeger Brusky was the hitting star, tallying three hits. Woody Schartner had two hits and four RBIs, and Alex Schartner, Paul Briney and Jonas Lindemann all chipped in with two hits each. The first time around, Jacksonport dropped 20 on the Mets, but the Mets have been better since that day.

Swami says: Ports.

Institute (1-9) @ Kolberg (7-3)

The Cubs got off the goose egg in dramatic fashion Friday night, walking it off in the bottom of the 10th. The Cubs looked to be ending the night as they have all year, falling behind 6-0 early. Quinn Schram was the hero, knocking in the winning run, and it was one of two hits for him. Robby Pollman scorched the ball all night while the rest of the team reached base in some fashion.

Here are four words the Braves haven’t heard in a while: “two-game losing streak.” The defending champs are on the brink of not repeating. With Sister Bay’s schedule looking pretty easy the rest of the way, the chances of the Bays dropping two are slim. Jack Schneider and Austin Rohe had two hits, but the normally potent Braves lineup has been quiet the past three weeks. That spells trouble for my alma mater. 

Swami says: Braves.

Sister Bay (9-1) @ Baileys Harbor (1-9)

The finish line is in sight for the Bays following a big win over Kolberg Sunday. After taking a year off from the title spot, a couple more wins will move the trophy back north. Casey Weddig and Sam Lindenberg had two hits on Sunday to aid in the victory. After falling behind 3-0, Sam Forkert and Matt Hecht put the brakes on the scoring. The Bays have only one more home game this regular season – in Week 13 – but it could be the game when they clinch it all.

This isn’t the same A’s team from the past couple of years. This is a young, scrappy bunch that – even when down some injured players – has competed with a few teams. The A’s jumped on the Cubs early, 6-0. Gavin Blink had a two-RBI single in that span, but it was Aaron Brey’s two-RBI single with two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth that tied the game back up after they had relinquished the lead. They are heading in the right direction, but the Bays are a tough ask for anyone, as this season has suggested.

Swami says: Bays.

Week 10 Results

Maplewood 4, Washington Island 3

Sister Bay 6, Kolberg 3

West Jacksonport 9, Egg Harbor 3

Institute 10, Baileys Harbor 9

Standings

Sister Bay 9-1

Kolberg 7-3

Egg Harbor 6-4

Washington Island 6-4

West Jacksonport 6-4

Maplewood 4-6

Baileys Harbor 1-9

Institute 1-9