Arrowhead Varsity Baseball Splits Opening Series

Jake Kellerman, Reporter

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The Arrowhead Varsity Baseball team opened their season with a two-game series against Catholic Memorial High School. The game was on Tuesday, April 2nd at 4:30 pm at Arrowhead’s O’Driscoll Field. The Catholic Memorial Crusaders took the first game of the series with a 9-7 win. The Arrowhead Warhawks picked up the second game with an 11-8 victory at the Crusaders home field, Infinity. The Warhawks are 1-1 to start their season.

In the first matchup between the two teams, it was a pitching duel. Catholic Memorial’s top two pitchers junior, Chris Byhre Jr., and junior Luke Fox (who committed to Duke) threw against the Warhawks. Arrowhead’s ace, senior Davis Zeutzius was matched up against the Catholic Memorial hitters.

In a game where pitching should have dominated, it was the hitting that stole the show. The Crusaders had a total of 10 hits, five of them doubles, four of them singles, and one home run over the right-field fence from Fox.

Senior Matt Schultz and Fox lead the team in RBIs with two. The Warhawks had nine hits total, six of them singles, two of them doubles and a triple by senior centerfielder Nic Wohlfiel. For the Warhawks, Wohlfiel and senior first baseman Tyler Lamack topped the team with 2 RBIs.

Catholic Memorial’s junior Jack Durst and Arrowhead’s junior Carter Endisch met in the second game of the series on the mound. The temperature was 39 degrees at game time. In the top of the first, Lamack drove in an RBI single, yet the Crusaders drove in two of their own runs off a two-run home run from Byhre Jr.

The game then was taken into the hands of the Warhawks hitting due to the tremendous games at the plate from Freshman catcher Charlie Jarvis, and Senior shortstop Luke Schaufnagel. Each collected three hits in their four at-bats. Schraufnagel had himself one RBI and Jarvis led the team with four of his own.

Lamack says the first games went well.

“They were a great team. It was a great test right away. I think we should have won the first game of the series, but baseball happens and we made some mistakes that caused us to beat ourselves in the first game,” said Lamack.

Wohlfiel says he feels good about the team going forward, yet doesn’t want to compare the team to the second place finish squad they had last year.

“After our game yesterday, I saw that we are really growing well as a team and we are bonding well. It is really hard to compare to last year’s team and it’s hard to compare teams year by year in general, but I really like the way we are heading and go Hawks,” said Wohlfiel.

The Warhawks will face their next opponent on Friday, April 5th, at 4:30 pm against Westosha Central in a non-conference matchup. The game will be held at Arrowhead’s O’Driscoll Field.

The following Saturday, the Warhawks will host a doubleheader against the visiting Menomonee Falls which starts at 1:00 pm and the second game to be played following the end of the first game.          

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