Prep Baseball Report

Wisconsin Midwest Future Games Wrapup

By Steve Nielsen
Scouting Director

In Wisconsin’s first showing at the Midwest Future Games, the Badger State went unbeaten with a final record of 1-0-2. The lone win came at the hands of Kentucky while Wisconsin tied both Indiana and Michigan, in which they had a lead late in both contests.

In game one of the weekend Wisconsin took on Indiana, in which you can read the full game recap HERE.

Game two was a matchup of northern states as Wisconsin took on Michigan and played to a 2-2 tie. Wisconsin came out hot with two runs in the first. Nick Lackney got it started with a base hit. After a strike out Wisconsin did all their damage with two outs, Cade Bunnell (Stoughton), Alex Henwood (Appleton North) and Rudy Rott (La Crosse Aquinas) all got consecutive base hits, scoring Lackney and Bunnell.

The Wisconsin pitching was sharp allowing just two runs over seven innings of play. The combination of Dakota Klein (Bay Port), Julian Alverio (Case), Simon Rosenblum-Larson (Madison West) and Kyle Schulz (Bradford) kept Michigan at bay recording a combined 13 strikeouts.

An errant pickoff attempt late in the game allowed the tying run to third base with nobody out, Rosenblum-Larson came up with a clutch strikeout for the first out but couldn’t keep the run off the board as he would score on a groundout to second.

The Wisconsin pitching picked up where it left off in their third matchup of the weekend taking on Kentucky. Wisconsin held Kentucky hitless into the sixth inning, allowing just one baserunner via an error who was later erased on a double play. Brendan Meissner (West De Pere), Nick Lackney (Whitefish Bay), Bryant Jordan (Home School), Dustin Landers (Kaukauna) and Joseph Kaszubowski (Whitefish Bay) all worked 1-2-3 innings with little effort.

Jack Bredeson (Arrowhead) closed it out for Wisconsin to pick up the save. Bredeson again looked sharp featuring his heavy fastball at 84-86 mph and a harder curveball (68-71 mph) than he showed on day one.

Centerfielder Kyle Schulz (Bradford) scored the only run of the game for Wisconsin after reaching base on an error, later coming around to score on a groundout by Alex Henwood (Appleton North). Wisconsin pitching allowed that one run to stand up and record the 1-0 victory, their first of the Midwest Future Games.

Over the next few weeks we will be bringing you spotlights of individual players and their performances from the Midwest Future Games, make sure to check back for more.

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