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Flying Arrows end SWC season on three-game win streak
Brandon Mergen
Brandon Mergen and the Lancaster baseball team finished 55 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference after closing the conference season with three straight wins.

LANCASTER – With a much-needed three-game conference winning streak last week, the Flying Arrows concluded play in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference with a record of 5-5, and sit third in the league’s baseball standings.

Last Tuesday night, coach Rick Place and his Lancaster squad picked up a pair of wins at Dodgeville, who played a double header that included a make-up game from April 28.

The first game was all Lancaster, who used 12 hits and four Dodger errors to secure a 12-1 victory with senior Tanner Reuter on the mound.

In six innings of work, Reuter allowed just one earned run off nine hits, while striking out four batters and walking two.

At the plate, Lancaster had 12 hits, getting three from senior Larry Moore III, and two each from Tanner Reuter, Drew Reuter and junior Noah Hromodka.

Moore also had a team-high five RBIs with a pair of doubles, while Drew Reuter had two RBIs.

With four runs in the second inning, and four more in the third, Lancaster took control of the game early, then shut the door with a three-run rally in the top of the seventh.

Game two of the double header proved to be a much tougher challenge for the Arrows, who pulled out a 6-5 victory by scoring four runs in the final three innings to complete the comeback.

Trailing 3-2 after four innings, the Flying Arrows gave up one run in the top of the fifth, but answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Noah Hromodka hit an RBI single.

Dodgeville scored another run in the top of the sixth, and again Lancaster answered, but this time with two runs of their own, including a sacrifice fly hit by Drew Reuter.

After holding Dodgeville scoreless in the top of the seventh, the two teams were knotted at 5-5 with Lancaster having the last word.

As he had done earlier in the year against Darlington, Tanner Reuter hit a walk-off single to score the winning run and give Lancaster a 6-5 victory over the Dodgers, who fell to 1-7 in the SWC with the two losses.

Leading Lancaster at the plate in game two was Hromodka, who had three hits and one RBI, while Tanner Reuter and Larry Moore III each had two hits and one RBI apiece.

It was Hromodka who also picked up the win on the mound, holding the Dodgers to two earned runs off six hits in five innings of the work. He also struck out two batters and walked three.

Lancaster’s winning streak continued into the following Thursday night, where they had to come from behind to send visiting Richland Center home with a 9-8 loss.

The Hornets got off to a hot start and scored five runs in the top of the first inning, but Lancaster got behind relief pitcher Evan Straka and used some timely hits to score some much-needed runs in the later innings of the game.

Straka entered the game in the third inning with his team trailing 7-2 in relief of starting pitcher Brandon Mergen.

In two complete innings on the mound, Mergen allowed seven earned runs off seven hits, while striking out one batter and walking four.

In the next four innings, Straka held the Hornets to one earned run off five hits, while issuing two strikeouts and walking two batters.

Sophomore Cole Kreul picked up the save, giving up no runs off one hit in the final inning.

Lancaster also got the bats going later in the contest, scoring two run in the fourth, one in the fifth and then four in the bottom of the sixth.

In the bottom of the sixth, it was a hit by freshman Dawson Bowen that broke an 8-8 tie on his only at bat of the game.

Coming away from Thursday’s contest with two hits each were Tanner Reuter, Jordan Reuter and Larry Moore III, while Tanner Reuter and Will Uppena each had two RBIs and Jordan Reuter scored three runs.

The Flying Arrows will next be in action on Tuesday, May 23, when they travel to Cassville for a non-conference contest.

In their D3 regional bracket, Lancaster holds the No. 2 seed, where they will play the winner between No. 3 Brookwood and No. 6 Boscobel following a first-round bye. The top seed in the bracket belongs to Fennimore.


Lancaster 12, Dodgeville 1

(from Tuesday, May 16)

Lancaster 044 001 3 - 12 12 0

Dodgeville 000 010 0 - 1 10 4

Leading hitters - L: Tanner Reuter 2x4, Drew Reuter 2x4, Larry Moore III 3x4, Noah Hromodka 2x3; D: Tanner Bockhop 2x4, Jack Hellmann 2x3, Moldrum 2x4. 2B - Moore 2 (L), Evan Straka (L), Hellmann (D), Houston Stanek (D), Moldrum (D). W - Tanner Reuter (6IN,9H,1ER,4K,2BB). L - Riley Glonck (1.2IN,5H,4ER,0K,3BB). Other pitchers - L: Drew Reuter (1IN,1H,0ER,0K,0BB).


Lancaster 6, Dodgeville 5

(from Tuesday, May 16)

Dodgeville 021 011 0 - 5 9 4

Lancaster 200 012 1 - 6 9 1

Leading hitters - D: Tanner Bockhop 2x4, Jared Larson 3x3; L: Tanner Reuter 2x4, Larry Moore III 2x3, Noah Hromodka 3x4. 2B - Moore 2 (L), Drew Reuter (L). W - Noah Hromodka (5IN,6H,2ER,2K,3BB). L - Caleb Chappell (1.2IN,3H,1ER,1K,0BB). Other pitchers - L: Larry Moore III (2IN,3H,3ER,1K,4BB), Mack Mundy (0IN,0H,0ER,0K,0BB).


Lancaster 9, Richland Center 8

(from Thursday, May 18)

Rich. Center 502 001 0 - 8 13 4

Lancaster 200 214 x - 9 11 1

Leading hitters - RC: Keon Miller 2x3, H. Wilson 2x4, Cole Darling 3x3; L: Tanner Reuter 2x4, Jordan Reuter 2x4, Larry Moore III 2x3. 2B - Cole Darling (RC), Wilson (RC). W - Evan Straka (4IN,5H,1ER,2K,2BB). L - Ryan Peterson (6IN,11H,2ER,2K,2BB). S: Cole Kreul (1IN,1H,0ER,0K,0BB). Other pitchers - L: Brandon Mergen (2IN,7H,7ER,1K,4BB),