Black Sox pitching blanks Sixers in league battle
By Jacob Heid
The Plover Black Sox continued its winning ways, beating the Stevens Point Sixers, 6-0, at Memorial Park in Plover on Jun. 22.
Pitching continued to dominate for the Black Sox, surrendering just five hits in the win.
Bryce Ehr took the mound for six innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven Stevens Point hitters.
Senior Ben Fonti pitched the final inning, giving up one hit and fanning two.
Offensively, senior Jackson Fox went 3-for-4, including a triple.
Fellow SPASH teammate Braylen Nystrom notched a multi-hit game, blasting a home run in the fourth inning.
For the Sixers, five hits came from four different players.
Caden Adam recorded two hits, while Bennett Klish, Deacan Koback and Asher Jordan had one each.
Plover’s offense gave run support in the first four innings.
Senior Devin Mrozek found his pitch in the first, plating the Black Sox’s first two runs.
Fox delivered his triple against his former teammate Josh Opiola in the bottom of the second, putting Plover up by three early, 3-0.
Ehr had to deal with Stevens Point traffic in the top of the third with two runners in scoring position.
A pop-up and ground out by Peyton Flees ended the threat.
Ehr helped himself in the third by getting an RBI single to put Plover up 4-0.
The Sixers got two more on base in the fourth, but the Black Sox worked out of it once again.
Nystrom ignited the offense again in the fourth, drilling a ball to deep left for a two-run home run.
Opiola finished his night after four innings. He allowed six runs on eight hits and struck out three.
After the fourth, the Black Sox didn’t get any hits for the rest of the night.
Stevens Point put pressure on Plover in the final six outs by having a pair of base runners in each inning. In both instances, the Sixers couldn’t get the hits needed to get on the board.
Defensive execution by the Black Sox kept the shutout intact down the stretch.
Plover now leads the legion Wisconsin Valley Conference at 4-0 as of Jun. 23. The Black Sox are 9-1 overall this season.
The Sixers fall to 3-4 overall and 1-2 inside the WVC.