Madison West Baseball First Pitch Potluck
Hello West Baseball Players and Parents —
It’s time for our annual
“First Pitch”: 2018 Baseball Preseason Kickoff & Informational Potluck Dinner
“First Pitch” is our “Season Opener” – An opportunity for the West Baseball Family (Freshman through Senior players, parents, and coaches) to:
Please bring the following to serve 8-10 people:
Freshmen – Main Course
Sophomores – Sides and Salads
Juniors – Sides and Salads
Seniors – Desserts
Beverages, plates, and utensils will be provided.
Please RSVP once per household.
If you know of someone who is planning to play Regent Baseball and did not get this notification, please forward it to them. Thank you.
Coach Ben Greiber
Madison West Baseball Team
Attached is our open gym schedule for February. You will notice a couple of changes with the Verona hitting shed. Starting in February, we will hit on Wednesday nights from 4-6 pm. On Saturdays, our time slot is now 12-2 PM. We have been getting a great turn out for pitchers/catchers on Saturdays morning (roughly 18 players), but low numbers for hitters in Verona (roughly 10). Hopefully with this time change will allow more opportunity for everyone.
A few reminders as we get closer to the spring season:
Player’s Physical on file
Freshmen/Juniors need a physical on file with the athletic department. If you/your son played a fall or winter sport you should be all set for the spring season.
Sophomores/Seniors need an alternate year physical on file with the athletic department. If you/your son played a fall or winter sport you should be all set for the spring season.
Athletic Permission needs to be completed by both PLAYER AND PARENT. This needs to be completed for every sport, regardless if you/your son played a fall or winter sport.
Game day apparel/practice gear (DUE MONDAY, MARCH 5TH)
Click on this link and enter in the sales code below to order.
Sales Code for Returners-MWBB18
Sales Code for Freshmen/New Player-MWBBF18
Required items are listed for the players. Parents feel free to order a t-shirt or hat if you would like.
**If for some reason you/your son doesn’t make a team, the RBI Club will reimburse your entire order**
Lastly, I will be bringing new 2018 Demo BBCORE bats for players to try out at open gym on Saturday, Feb 10th and Sunday Feb 11th. If anyone would like to order a new 2018 bat at a discounted price they can order through this link:https://bbcorbats18.itemorder.com
Sorry for the long email, please let me know if you have any questions.
Have a great day,
Coach Ben Greiber
Below you will find links to the web site store to order our 2018 game apparel. This apparel is necessary for games and practices.
Freshmen/New player click here for order form – required, these items will be worn with our game jerseys and during practices
Returning Player click here for order form – also required, these items will be worn with our game jerseys and during practices
Optional gear/Fan Wear: Parents, if you wish to purchase items for you and/or your player’s siblings, there are additional items near the bottom of the order forms for both new and returning players. Buy early and buy often to support your children, and your Regents!
The 15-8 Madison West Regents sat through their first round bye on Tuesday in the WIAA Regional Final of the Section #5 Division 1 High School Baseball Playoffs. They would meet the winner of a game between Milton and Elkhorn, which turned out to be Elkhorn. Elkhorn loaded up the truck, and moved to Mansfield, Stadium that is, for a 5 PM matchup on Thursday June 1, 2017. The sun was shining, the birds were chirping, and for once there were no gale force winds. The stage was set.
Toeing the rubber for the Regents was none other than senior Gabe Hill, and his battery mate was Sophomore Drake Baldwin. The Elkhorn squad sent Ben McConnell to the bump, throwing to Riley Remington behind the dish.
Leading off the top of the first, Elkhorn center fielder Ian Nowell singled to break up the no-hitter. Their shortstop Jet Weber popped to Austin Cotharn at short for the first out. Third baseman Lucas Harding followed with a single, and left fielder Nick Rockweiler doubled down the right field line to score both runners. DH Dakota Biefield grounded out to John Frehner at second base, and then first baseman Ross Ingersoll popped out to David Grunder at third to end the half inning. 2-0 Moose, with the Regents coming to the plate. Only kidding, Elkhorn is the Elks. But wouldn’t it be funny if they were the Moose? Maybe just to me. Anyway…..
The Regents roared in the bottom of the first. Drake led off with a groundout to first. Right fielder Tommy Hill followed with a line-drive single between the shortstop and third baseman. DH Otto Treichel came up and singled to right. Left fielder Donovan O’Flahrity singled to score Tommy. Austin Cotharn then singled to center to score both Otto and Dono who had moved up an extra base on a passed ball during the at-bat. Centerfielder Eli Sorensen then doubled with another hard-hit line drive to the right-centerfield gap to score Austin. During the at bat by John Frehner, Eli stole third, planning ahead for Frehner’s upcoming sacrifice fly to knock him in. First baseman Charlie Met then flew out to center to end the half inning. Regents 5, Elks 2.
In the top of 2, the Elks saw a single by Gosh, Kyle that is. It was a slow roller and Charlie Met stretched as far as he could to get the throw in time…., but his foot left the base….and his hamstring nearly left his body…and Charlie had to leave the game. O’Flahrity moved to first base, and Max Hanson came in to play left field. The Elks went down uneventfully.
Bottom of 2, third baseman David Grunder reached on a dropped third strike wild pitch, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Drake popped to short for the first out. Tommy singled with a laser liner past a leaping Harding at third and the ball nearly took off his glove for a yard sale. (Its a skiing and baseball term for when your equipment gets knocked off and scattered around you as if someone was having a yard sale.) Tommy then stole second. Otto followed with a line drive single to score Grunder, and this was the end for Elks pitcher McConnell. In trotted Ingersoll from first base, and Jordan VanDyke took his place at first. Ingersoll is a tall glass of water. In fact, he was a pitcher. Literally AND figuratively. Donovan O’Flahrity greeted him with a line drive sacrifice fly to right to score Tommy. That would be all the Regents would get tonight, as Ross Ingersoll was a force to be reckoned with. He gave up no Regent runs. Of course we ran ourselves out of a few as well……stay tuned. 7-2 Regents!
In the top of the third, Harding singled, and Rockweiler hit a ground ball to Frehner that he threw to Cotharn at short and the runner slid into Austin enough to garner an automatic double play for runner interference. I think Mr Umpire was generous on that one. But as I have said numerous times, Mr Umpire’s calls are what count. We’ve been on the short end of a number of those, so it’s about time one goes our way. Biefield then singled, but Ingersoll grounded out 4-3 to end the inning. Still 7-2 Regents.
In our half of the third, Eli took a walk, and John Frehner hit into a fielder’s choice that retired Eli at second. Max Hanson flew out to right field with a well-struck ball. David Grunder was a strikout victim to end the inning. 7-2 Regents.
In the fourth, Elkhorn got two back. Chance Larson, their right fielder, singled. Gosh popped out to Drake, and Remington flew out to Eli in center. This brought up the top of the order. Nowell then doubled over a drawn-in outfield to knock in Larson. Weber followed with the exact same thing. 2 runs by the Elks. Harding popped to short for the third out. 7-4 Regents.
The bottom of the fourth for the West 9 had Drake leading off. He singled. This brought up Tommy Hill. Drake got caught leaning a bit too far off first, and got in a pickle-ickle-ickle. On a play that went 1-3-6-3 he was picked off. Bummer. Tommy then grounded out unassisted to first baseman VanDyke. Otto then singled again for his third hit of the game. Dono struck out. 7-4 Reggie.
In the top of the 5th, Gabe Hill was still going, like a tall energizer bunny. Rockweiler singled off the glove of a hustling and sliding Cotharn. Beifield struck out. Ingersoll reached on an error. Larson doubled to score Rockweiler. Gosh went down on strikes on an absolutely dirty curve by Gabe. Remington reached on an error that allowed Ingersoll to score. Nowell then hit a single to score Larson. Oh man! Its a tie ball game. Weber popped to first to stop the bleeding. 7-7. Momentum shift in favor of the Elks.
West came to bat in the bottom of the 5th a little miffed. Austin grounded out sharply to second. Eli singled. However, he also got caught leaning a bit too far off first base, and was caught in another rundown. This one went 1-3-6-1 or something like that. 2 outs. John Frehner then grounded out to short on a Sunday hop (that is a phrase for a well-hit ball that took an easy hop into the fielders glove). Still tied.
The 6th for the Elks saw them facing relief pitcher Austin Cotharn. Colin Pulkrabek was now in left field. First batter was Harding who flew out to Frehner. Rockweiler reached on an error. Biefield flew out to center. 2 outs. Ingersoll doubled, allowing Rockweiler to score their go-ahead run. However, he then took a page from our book and strolled leisurely off second base after a pitch. Drake saw this. He waited for him to do it again and when he did, he did not hesitate to pick him off to end the inning. 8-7 Elks.
In the bottom of the 6th, Jens Shager came on to pinch hit and grounded out 4-3. Donavan Parker then pinch-hit for Grunder and flew out to right. Drake then flew out to short to end the 6th. Still 8-7 Elks.
The top of the 7th saw Cotharn still on the mound for the Regents. Larson lined out to center. Gosh singled. Remington bunted to move him over and was safe on the bunt single. Eli Sorensen then traded places with Austin and came into pitch. He got Nowell to line out to Cotharn, and Weber singled to load the bases. As the outfield was again playing shallow, I shuddered. Thankfully Eli got their 3 hitter Harding to strike out swinging.
It was now up to us. Bottom of 7, down one run. Tommy Hill drew a base on balls. Otto then flew out to center. Donovan O’Flahrity was next, and during his at-bat, Tommy advanced to second on a passed ball. Dono then grounded to third, and their thirdbaseman played the ball to his left, looked Tommy back to second and threw to first to retire Dono. 2 outs. Austin was hit by a pitch that was a glancing blow off his shoulder. Eli then flew out to deep short to end the game.
I know I speak for a great number of Regent fans when I say this: I am very proud of the effort these Regents put in this year. They surpassed my expectations by a long, long, shot. The other teams in the Big 8 should and will take notice. The Regents will be strong in the next few years. Bring it boys. Good luck to the current Juniors, Sophs, and Freshmen. You’ve got big shoes to fill, but fill them you will.
The 7 seniors this year are: Gabe Hill, Tommy Hill, Austin Cotharn, Donavan Parker, Jens Shager, Nate Millman, and Sam Mohoney. Without hesitation, I can say that these young men are great people. Some are moving on to play some more, and all are moving on to further their greatness in the game of life. Parents, you have done very, very well to raise such fine young men, and you should be proud of yourselves in addition to your children.
This is not the end, it is the turning of a page. Oh sure, these 7 young men are no longer Regent Baseball players but they are moving on to bigger, and although it may be hard to believe, better things. And they are going to rock those things like they’ve never been rocked before. Believe that.
Baseball is a quirky sport. There are lots of subtle things going on that the casual fan might not notice. Rally caps are not one of these things. They are noticeable. And they are silly. But they work. Tonight was proof.
The West Regents hopped on the bus, Gus, and set off for Janesville. Just like yesterday. Except today was different. It was warm, sunny, and pleasant as the Regents finished the Big 8 Conference regular season schedule vs the Janesville Parker Vikings.
Leading off for West today was Catcher Drake Baldwin, who dug in against Janesville’s starter Sam Garvoille. Drake grounded out to Viking first baseman Sam Nemetz. Right fielder Tommy Hill followed with a groundout to the pitcher, and DH Otto Treichel struck out.
Parker came to bat in the bottom of 1 against our started Gabe Hill. Garvoille hit a can of corn fly out to Eli Sorensen in CF for out #1. Nemetz K’d. CF Jordan Bailey singled. SS Kyle Burkette also singled. Catcher Cade Bowman lined to a sliding Austin Cotharn for the nifty catch on the third out.
In the top of 2, Austin singled, but that’s all we did.
Janesville went down 1-2-3. This was highlighted by Gabe Hill pouncing off the mound like El Gato Grande to field a dribbler and throw out Ty Randall, their DH.
Top 3. 3B Charlie Met lined to left. First baseman Owen Christenson walked, and was zipping around third after Drake Baldwin’s double, and was cut down at the plate. Drake moved up to third on the throw to the plate. Tommy Hill then knocked in Drake with a single. Hill then stole second. Otto walked. Left fielder Donovan O’Flahrity then lined out to left to end the half inning.
Bottom 3. Gabe got third baseman Brandon Seidel to ground out to Charlie Met who moved over to first as Owen C had to leave the game with a finger injury. The bus driver and I fashioned a very nice splint from a plastic fork, and we think he’ll only be out of action for a short time. Garvoille singled. Nemetz grounded out to John Frehner at 2B. Bailey reached on a missed pop up that allowed Garvoille to score. Burkette doubled to score Bailey, then Cowman singled to score Burkette. Gabe struck out left fielder Jaden Ellis to end the inning.
Top 4. Austin walked. Eli struck out. John Frehner was at bat when Austin took off for second base. John’s follow through on a swing took him into the path of the catcher, and Austin was called out due to the Batter Interference. That is not something you see every day. John then grounded out to second.
Bottom 4. Gabe was still in there, firing away. He induced a pop up from Randall, then struck out Chase Hamilton, and got Seidel to fly out to Eli.
Top 5. Charlie walked, and David Grunder who entered when Owen went out, grounded out to the pitcher. Drake flew to center and Tommy lined out to left.
Bottom half of the 5th saw Nate Millmann come in to hurl for the Regents. He walked the leadoff man Garvoille, and Drake quickly threw him out by a lot when he tried to steal second base. Nemetz flew out to a sliding Tommy Hill in right. Bailey singled, Burkette had an infield single, and Bowman followed with another infield single. Nate got the pinch hitter to fly to center, another can of corn to Eli. 3-1 Vikings.
In the 6th, Otto started with a single, and Sam Mohoney came in to run for him. Donovan O’Flahrity walked. Austin laid down a bunt to get the runners over, but Mohoney was thrown out at third. Eli beat out an infield single to load the bases. Donavan Parker pinch-hit for Frehner and Dono was cut down at the plate 1-2. The catcher then over threw first base while trying to get a double play, and Cotharn scored. 3-2 Vikings. We’ve got a ball game going!
In their half of the 6th, they got one back on a single by Hamilton. Millmann exited the mound and traded places with Austin Cotharn at shortstop. Hamilton advanced to second on a wild pitch, and to third on a groundout by Seidel. Another wild pitch allowed Hamilton to score. Garvoille walked. Still 2 outs. Nemetz grounded to Met at first for the third out.
Top of 7. Now or never. The Regents chose now. David Grunder led off the inning against Seidel who was now pitching. Grunder singled to center to start a rally that would last for a while. This prompted the baseball gods to shine down upon Riverside Park, sending a message to get out the rally caps. Mary O’Flahrity started the trend of wearing her cap in an odd, inside out way, balancing it on her head. I followed suit with a shark-fin model rally cap. The fix was on. The movement gained momentum. Al Parker wore the inside-out classic model. Drake singled to keep it going and move David to second. Tommy Hill then hit a sharp grounder off the wrist of Casey Stone at third base, and everyone was safe. Word trickled into the dugout where more rally caps were donned. The mojo was strong. Now, bases were loaded for Treichel. He singled to knock in David and Drake to tie the game and move Tommy to third. Otto moved up to second on the throw to the plate. Tommy would score moments later on a wild pitch that got Otto to third. 5-4 Regents! But wait, there is more! O’Flahrity walked (not Mary, but Dono), and stole second. Otto then scored on a wild pitch. Austin lined out to right. Eli struck out. Donovan O’Flahrity was on third base now, as John Frehner walked. Charlie Met came to the plate. Frehner dashed for second and stopped half way as the catcher threw down to get him out. Little did he know John was messing with him. He stopped so that Dono could sneak home. John stayed in the rundown long enough to score the run. Good execution!
The Vikings looked like they were mounting a threat in the bottom of 7, but Eli Sorensen had come in to pitch and was not about to let this one get away. They managed a bunt single by Bailey, and a single by Bowman, but Ellis struck out and Randall grounded out to end the game!
Gabe finished with 4 innings pitched, No earned runs, 3 total runs, 5 hits, and 4 strikeouts without any walks. Nate had 1.1 innings pitched, 4 hits, one walk, and no earned runs.
Austin finished with 0.2 innings pitched, no earned runs, one walk and no hits.
Eli had one inning pitched, 2 hits, no walks, one strikeout and no runs scored.
After the varsity rally, the players hopped the bus and headed to cheer on the JV team, nearly helping them pull out a victory. I heard they were very vocal. Good job boys!
Friday night is a shared senior night between West and Edgewood. See you there!