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Sussex Cardinals shut out Hartland; Lannon doesn't play

June 23, 2014

Sussex player/manager Cory Gasper handed the ball to the team's seasoned veteran, Travis Thompson, on Sunday, June 22 at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field.

The Cardinals improved to 7-5 with a 4-0 victory against the Oilers (3-8).

Sussex scored once in the bottom of the third inning. Former Hartland player Nick Schreiber tripled to lead off the inning. Ryan Weissman hit a sacrifice fly to right field. Gasper walked and stole second base, but the next two batters, Tanner Johnson and Scott Carberry, were retired, ending the inning.

Ben Kaebisch singled to begin the bottom of the third inning. He moved to second on a groundout by Bryan Laabs and advanced to third on a wild pitch from Hartland starter Shane Browning. Seth Kroenke lifted a sacrifice fly to right field, putting the Cardinals in front 2-0.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Cardinals scored two more runs as Laabs and Kroenke scored. Laabs singled and Kroenke walked. A wild pitch and a catcher's throwing error put both veterans in scoring position. Schreiber singled thereafter.

Thompson pitched a complete game. He didn't walk anyone and struck out nine.

Chad Dibb had four hits for Hartland.

"Travis was in command and was never really ever threatened," Gasper said. "Other then Dibb, they weren't able to do much offensively, and they also struggled defensively, which helped us."

The Cardinals host the Lannon Stonemen on the Friday, July 4, at Tetzlaff/Veterans Field. On Sunday, July 6, the Cardinals are at McCoy Field against the Brookfield Bulldogs. Both games are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

"These upcoming games are important for us," Gasper said.

Lannon was unable to get Joecks Field ready by 1 p.m. due to wet field conditions. Bruce Mayer said the field was playable by 3 p.m., but Menomonee Falls, which has forfeited twice already this season, was unable to field a team at that late starting time.

"Menomonee Falls has had a lot of trouble coming up with players," Mayer said. "We didn't want to make them forfeit. I thought it was better to just come up with a makeup date. They're in a tough spot right now without leadership, and have been in the league a long time. Hopefully once the high school season is over, they'll be able to pick up some more ball players."

Lannon is currently tied with the Brookfield Blue Sox at 6-4. Pewaukee is leading the Land O' Lakes Western Division at 10-2 and West Bend 7-Up has a 7-2 record. The Brookfield Bulldogs are 9-3.

The Stonemen play at Nixon Park in Hartland at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 6.

Mayer congratulated the Hall of Fame Induction of Dave Wnuk, one of the top sluggers in the 1980s and 90s.

"Dave was an outstanding player and person, and is certainly deserving of the Hall of Fame," Mayer said. "We've actually got a bunch of guys that will be coming up like Ron (Kozlowski), Barze (Jim Barwick), Tim Olszewski and, of course, Scotty (Scott Doffek)."

The Hall of Fame Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, June 26.

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