Wildcats split with Augusta, Whitehall

Blair-Taylor’s Zach Nitek swung on a pitch during their game against Whitehall on Friday.  (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)


The Blair-Taylor baseball team was on the winning end of one lopsided game and the losing end of another last week.

The Wildcats took control of their 12-4 win over Augusta last week Tuesday halfway through the game before putting it away late. On Friday, however, they fell in a hole early and couldn’t climb out, losing to Whitehall, 13-6 (see story elsewhere in Sports).

B-T (10-10 overall) finished Dairyland Conference play with a 10-8 record, which could tie them for fourth or fifth place, depending on how Augusta (10-7) or Pepin/Alma (8-8) finish this week. B-T is scheduled to play a nonconference game against Brookwood on Tuesday of this week before Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament play begins on Thursday.

The Wildcats, seeded fifth, begin their tournament with a home game against (12) Plum City Elmwood. The winner of that game will play the winner of the game between (13) Greenwood and (4) Columbus Catholic this coming Tuesday before the regional final, likely at (1) Eleva-Strum on Wednesday. 

B-T 12 Augusta 4

Two runs in the fourth gave the Wildcats the lead before a six-run sixth put the game away.

The teams were tied 2-2 — both scoring one run in the first and third innings — before B-T loaded the bases with one out. The go-ahead run was scored by Kole Trapp when Anthony Oldendorf hit into a fielder’s choice. Tavian Shramek later scored on a passed ball.

After both teams scored in the fifth, B-T took control in the sixth. Zach Nitek tripled with one out and scored on a double by Peyton Kelly. Ryan Flynn, Tavian Shramek and Jackson Shramek all added RBI singles in the inning as B-T went ahead 11-3.

The Wildcats had 12 hits in the game as both Tavian Shramek, Jackson Shramek and Kelly all had two hits and two RBIs. Flynn also had two hits. 

Tavian Shramek was the winning pitcher, striking out 10 with four hits and four walks allowed in 5.1 innings before Ryan Oldendorf finished the game.

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