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Little Chute baseball caps off another unbeaten week with extra-inning win

By: 
Andrew Hanlon

The Little Chute 18U baseball team continues its successful summer, finishing last week with three wins, including an extra-inning victory, and a rare tie to move to 16-4-1 on the season.

At Coleman

With the game tied 2-2 entering the eighth Saturday afternoon, Nate Hietpas came through with a one-out single to left. Hietpas then stole second and ended up scoring on a passed ball to give Little Chute a 3-2 lead.

Trevor DeBruin then closed the door in the bottom half of the inning with two groundouts and a strikeout to seal the victory.

Jake DeBruin started and went five innings, allowing two runs, both unearned, while striking out 10. Trevor DeBruin came on in relief and threw three shutout innings to earn the win.

Jake DeBruin led the way offensively for Little Chute, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run scored from the leadoff spot. Drew Joten had an RBI single and scored a run, while Hietpas and Josh Verhagen both added hits.

At Crivitz

Little Chute scored three times in the second and added two more runs in the third to take an early 5-0 lead and never looked back, earning a 6-1 road victory at Crivitz Friday night.

After Crivitz struck first in the bottom of the opening inning, Bennett Jansen and Lamers both scored on an error in the top of the second to give Little Chute a 2-1 lead. Jake Weigman then scored on a throwing error as the Crivitz pitcher attempted to pick off Trevor DeBruin at first to put Little Chute up 3-1.

Lamers grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Joten in the bottom of the third for a 4-1 lead, and then Hietpas scored on a passed ball later in the inning to make it 5-1.

Little Chute added its final run in the top of the seventh as Hietpas singled to right to score Jake DeBruin.

Tim Bucholz added another complete game to his season, throwing seven innings and allowing just one run, unearned, with five strikeouts.

Lamers was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored offensively, while Jake DeBruin, Joten, Hietpas, Jansen and Weigman each added hits for Little Chute.

Versus Appleton Legion

Little Chute had a 10-run sixth inning, ending the game early Thursday night in an 11-1 win over Appleton Legion.

Trevor DeBruin, Drew Vanderloop, Matt Koch, Joten, Hietpas and Jansen all drove in runs in the sixth as the game was blown wide open.

Little Chute had 10 hits and 10 RBIs with only three strikeouts Thursday night. 10 different players collected hits. Joten, Hietpas and Bucholz each drove in a pair, while Jake DeBruin, Jansen and Weigman each scored twice.

Joten threw a complete game, allowing just one earned run with five strikeouts on 82 pitches.

At Luxemburg-Casco

The week began oddly as Little Chute finished with a rare tie at Luxemburg-Casco.

Little Chute scored twice in the first inning as Joten scored on a ground ball from Lamers and then Weigman singled to right to score Jansen.

Lux-Casco added a run in the bottom of the second and another in the bottom of the sixth, but that was it for the scoring as the game was called at 2-2 after 10 innings.

Weigman finished 2 for 4 with an RBI for Little Chute, while Verhagen added two hits and Joten had a hit and scored a run.

Weigman also started and threw 9 1/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Bucholz finished off the 10th without allowing a hit.

The final week of the regular season began with a home matchup against Xavier last night, while Little Chute travels to Chilton tonight for the regular season finale. A possible intrasquad scrimmage at the new high school field may take place in the next few weeks.