Appleton North takes down crosstown rival Appleton East

APPLETON, WI – Appleton North took on their crosstown rival on Tuesday facing Appleton East. The Lightning brought their sticks putting up 17 runs in six innings to beat the Patriots 17-5.

Clark Eagan started the scoring in the first inning after getting hit by a pitch, stealing second base, stealing third, and scoring on the overthrow at third.

Appleton East got on the board and briefly took the lead on back to back doubles by Kamden Gahr (2013) and Michael Strauss (2013). East threatened to score again after a two out line drive base hit by Taran Tierney (2013), but a runner caught in no man's land between third and home was gunned out trying to return to third by North shortstop Alex Henwood (2015).

Appleton North took control of the game in the fourth inning. Connor Rolain (2014) led off with a full count single followed by Keegan Kreul (2014) who reached on an error. Runners advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by Dan Rothbauer (2014). After a big strikeout by East pitcher Tierney to get to two outs, Tyler Friis (2013) hit a base clearing double to the right center gap putting the Lightning ahead 3-2.

North pitcher Drew Eastman (2013) retired the Patriots in order with no runs in the bottom of the fourth.

North came alive in the top of the fifth. A Sawyer Schultz misplayed flyball for a base hit led off the inning. Eagan flew out to the shortstop. Henwood followed with a walk, Rolain had an infield hit between the shortstop and third baseman to load the bases. After a North strikeout to get to two outs, Rothbauer hit a full count fastball over the left field wall for a grand slam. Rothbauer got to the 3-2 count after sitting tight on a very close 1-2 slider that looked to be a strike. Then a misplayed popup in foul territory kept his at bat alive.

North added nine runs in the sixth to put the game away, and end it via the mercy rule. Tyce Wheeler(2015) had a three run double in the inning. Rolain also had a three run triple to the left field wall to finish the scoring.

For the day, Rolain went 3-for-5 with a triple and four RBI. Eagan had two hits. Friis had two doubles and two RBI. Tyce Wheeler went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.

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