I was recently on vacation out west, and one of the things I did was take in a Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game. I was shocked by the rowdiness of the fans. It was more of a party than a baseball game.
It got me thinking once again about the fans of the Door County League (DCL). There are some occasional rowdies, but for the most part, the league’s supporters are passionate and very loyal fans. You can look around on a Sunday and see some of the same faces you would have seen years ago at the same park.
Each team has its own unwavering fans, who show up each week to support their team, no matter what its record is. I have played in games and attended games in other northeastern Wisconsin leagues and can tell you that without a doubt, the attendance at a DCL game is higher than at games in most of those leagues.
The Islanders derailed the Swami train last week and now leave his record at 21-3.
Let’s take a look at the end of the first half of games.
West Jacksonport (4-2) @ Kolberg (5-1)
The Ports’ winning streak was stopped at three on Sunday by Washington Island, and so was their prolific offense. They had their second-lowest–scoring game on the season, plating three runs on six hits. Alec Schartner stayed hot by getting two of those hits.
Kolberg did what it had to do Sunday, dispatching the A’s in eight innings. Tyler Neinas had three hits and three RBIs, but the hitting star of the day was Trevor Reinhardt, who belted two home runs, scoring two runs each time. Jake Schneider continued his dominance, striking out 13 batters, including a stretch when he struck out eight in a row.
This game could go a long way toward the Ports’ title chances, but there is an old adage: Fool me once.
Swami says: Braves.
Institute (0-6) @ Egg Harbor (3-3)
The Cubs have places to be. How else do you explain leaving the last three games before nine innings?
All joking aside, the Cubs have had a tough run lately, but the positive with games like they’ve experienced is that young players are getting a chance to gain some valuable experience that will eventually pay dividends. That’s evident in Nick Peterson getting his first hit in the league and scoring the Cubs’ only two runs Friday night.
Egg Harbor found itself in a dandy on Sunday and needed veteran Riley Spetz to thwart a Mets comeback. Eric Dejardine had four hits on the day, with Anthony Jennerjohn pitching in with three. Alex Byrne, Cody Giessman, Brady Kita and Cory Fuller all chipped in two. The onslaught helped the Indians end their three-game losing streak.
Last year during the two games against the Cubs, the Indians scored 40 runs. Could be another early day.
Swami says: Indians.
Maplewood (2-4) @ Sister Bay (5-1)
The Mets, at times, can score in bunches, as was evident in their game last weekend. Nolan Wagner has been hot as of late, and he hit a home run Sunday. Cam DeBroux, Jayden Diller, Kody Kissinger, Tory Jandrin, Drew Price and Will Jandrin all had two hits.
Sister Bay brought the bats on Friday night in its manhandling of the Cubs. Tom Sawyer and Griffin Cole both had three hits on the night, and both find themselves in the top 15 of the batting race so far, joining teammate Stuart Larsen. Alex Laughlin chipped in with two hits as well.
The Mets and Bays split their series last year, with the Mets winning a slugfest on the road.
Swami says: Bays.
Washington Island (4-2) @ Baileys Harbor (1-5)
The island kept its title hopes alive with a big win at home against the Ports. Troy Jorgenson went deep, and Matt Foss and Ray McDonald had two hits each. Alex Johnson kept the Ports at bay, which, of late, has been impossible to do for any pitcher. If he regains some of the form he had at the beginning of last year, the Islanders could be in the mix come the end of the season.
The A’s were dealt a huge blow two weeks ago when their best player, Isaac Berkley, was lost for the season with a broken arm. At the time, he was leading the league in hitting. To add insult to injury, a couple of veterans are also no longer on the team, so they will need to lean even harder on some of the newcomers. The A’s will be scrappy in this one, but not scrappy enough.
Swami says: Islanders.
Week 5 Results
Sister Bay 21, Institute 2
Washington Island 9, West Jacksonport 3
Egg Harbor 19, Maplewood 18
Kolberg 11, Baileys Harbor 1
Sister Bay 5-1
West Jacksonport 4-2
Washington Island 4-2
Egg Harbor 3-3
Baileys Harbor 1-5