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Little Chute baseball continues to roll

By: 
Andrew Hanlon

After winning three of their last four games since July 11, the Little Chute summer baseball team is continuing its stellar season, moving to 13-4 overall with one week left in the regular season.

Little Chute’s lone loss last week came on Sunday against Mineral Point a day after a 10-0 win against Baldwin-Woodville. The team beat Freedom 3-1 last Tuesday and took down Ashwaubenon 9-5 on Friday night.

Versus Baldwin-Woodville

Little Chute grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning before cruising to the 10-run victory. Bennett Jansen walked to drive in Drew Joten to make it 1-0 and Nolan Lamers followed with an RBI walk of his own for a 2-0 lead.

Jake Weigman then singled to right to score Trevor DeBruin and Little Chute was off and running.

The team added another run in the second, five more in the third and one more in the fourth, tallying nine hits. Jake DeBruin led the way offensively, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Weigman was 2 for 2 with an RBI, while Joten, Nate Hietpas, Jansen and Matt Koch all racked up hits.

Little Chute was as dominant on the mound as they were at the plate on Saturday. Tim Bucholz started and went three innings, allowing just two hits. Trevor DeBruin pitched the final inning and allowed just one hit with a strikeout as both pitchers combined for a complete-game shutout.

Versus Mineral Point

Mineral Point grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and Little Chute could only muster one run in the fourth as it fell 4-1.

Jake DeBruin had a rare tough outing on the mound, going five innings and allowing four earned runs with six walks. He did strike out seven.

Little Chute totaled seven hits on the evening but could only drive in one run. Hietpas was 3 for 3, Joten was 2 for 3 and Josh Verhagen was 1 for 3 with the team’s lone RBI.

Versus Freedom

Little Chute got right back in the win column in a summer battle for highway N against the Irish on Tuesday as Joten pitched a complete game, allowing just two hits and an unearned run with eight strikeouts.

Freedom took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Little Chute responded in the bottom of the second. Trevor DeBruin hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jansen to tie the game at one and then Verhagen drove in Nolan Lamers to give Little Chute the 2-1 lead.

Jake DeBruin drove in Weigman on a sac fly in the fourth for the final run.

Verhagen had two hits and an RBI, while Joten, Jansen, Lamers, Weigman and Trevor DeBruin each also added hits for Little Chute.

Versus Ashwaubenon

The team capped off the week with an offensive breakout in a 9-5 win over Ashwaubenon Friday night. Little Chute scored four immediately in the top of the first and cruised from then on.

The team had 12 hits on the evening, led by two each from Jake DeBruin, Joten, Hietpas, Jansen and Verhagen. Joten, Hietpas, Jansen, Lamers and Weigman each drove in a run.

Jake DeBruin and Joten hit back-to-back doubles to lead off the top of the first for a 1-0 lead. Jansen grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Joten two batters later.

Weigman drove in Jansen with an RBI single to left, and Verhagen capped off the four-run inning with a single to center, scoring Weigman.

Little Chute added another run in the third, three more in the fourth and another in the sixth.

Jake DeBruin started and went five innings, giving up three hits and one earned run with four strikeouts. Weigman pitched two innings in relief.

The team played at Luxemburg-Casco last night, plays at home Thursday against Appleton and goes back on the road at Crivitz on Friday to close out the regular season.