Prep Baseball Report

PBR Future Games: Wisconsin Day 2 Recap

Andy Sroka
Staff Writer

WESTFIELD, Ind. – Team Wisconsin certainly battled, but for the most part, Team Indiana’s pitching confounded the Badger State’s bats. Wisconsin nearly tied it up in the fifth but Indiana refilled their lead and pulled away, earning the 6-3 win. Wisconsin is still chasing their first win here at Future Games.

An example of the quality Indiana was dealing from the mound, starter RHP Patrick Mastrian (Bishop Chatard, IN; 2020) recorded all six of his outs via the strikeout. Meanwhile, Team Indiana leapt out to a 2-0 lead after the first frame against Wisconsin’s starter LHP Brady Renfro (Antigo, 2020). Renfro did well to limit the damage and keep the score stuck at 2-0 after his two innings of work were through. He was sitting 85-87 mph with a slider he manipulated often around the strike zone and demonstrated some feel for.

Indiana tacked on another in the third inning but Wisconsin, finally, got on the board. With two outs, SS/3B Eduardo Saucedo (Oregon, 2020) earned a walk and moved up to second on a SS Taiten Manriquez (Waunakee, 2020) single into shallow left. Another walk, this time to Max Wagner (Green Bay Preble, 2020), loaded the bases for INF Joe Hauser (Sun Prairie, 2020), who took full advantage of Wisconsin’s first real run-scoring opportunity. He singled through the left side of the infield scoring his team’s first run and another came in to score on an error within the play, making it 3-2 all of a sudden.

But Team Indiana rebuilt their lead, making it 4-2 on C Tanner Dreher’s (Covington, 2020) RBI single to left.

Rather than climb back into the game, Wisconsin was stifled by the impressive 2021 Grant Comstock (Valparaiso). The righty K’d the side in order on just 10 pitches to hold up his team’s two-run lead.

Wisconsin got a better second look at Comstock, though.

In the top of the sixth, Team Wisconsin loaded the bases for OF Alex Ryan (Lakeside Lutheran, 2020) who promptly singled to the hole at shortstop scoring a run. However, on the same play, a runner was gunned down at home to notch the inning’s first out, keeping Indy’s lead intact. A great play in the infield forced the second out at third base and Manriquez worked a tough at-bat with two outs until he was ultimately called out on strikes on a close check swing call.

Getting out of the inning still in the lead boosted Indiana forward. A deep triple off the bat of SS Camryn Szynski (Penn, 2020) with two away gave Indy their fifth run and he came around to score in the next at-bat on a single up the middle to make it 6-3, where the game finished.

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