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HUSTY-DODGELAND WALKS PAST ORIOLES
April 13th, 2007...Hustisford-Dodgeland used 6 walks and 2 hit batsman allowed by North Fond du Lac to score 6 of their runs in an 8-5 non-conference win over the Orioles on Friday. The Trojans used a 4-run third inning to snap a 2-2 tie, then added 2 decisive runs in the fifth on a 2-run double by senior Casey Simon to seal the win. Trojan pitching issued a combined 11 walks and hit batters, however, allowed only two of them to score. North Fondy loaded the bases in each of the 3rd and 4th innings, but scored only twice each time. Ryan Kartos was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and a stolen base, while Scott Woicek reached 4 times (3 walks and a triple) and scored 3 runs. Jeff Groleau and John Cetnar each had single hits as the Orioles fell to 0-and-2. North Fondy opens the home portion of their schedule and the Wisconsin Flyway conference schedule on April 17th when they play host to Mayville. Husty-Dodgeland improved to 4-and-1.
WEATHER FORCES SCHEDULE CHANGES
April 12th, 2007...Weather has re-arranged some previously scheduled games on North Fond du Lac's schedule in 2007. Friday, April 13th, the Orioles are in Hustisford taking on Husty-Dodgeland in a 6pm game that was originally scheduled for April 3rd. The Oriole's Wisconsin Flyway conference opener in Rosendale against Laconia on Wednesday was snowed out and is now rescheduled for April 23rd in Rosendale, with a 4:30 start time. North Fond du Lac will play eight of its remaining 18 games over the next 15 days from Friday April 13th through Friday, April 27th.
ORIOLES DUMPED IN 5 IN SEASON OPENER
April 3rd, 2007...North Fond du Lac fell short in it's season opener to Waupun on Monday, losing 11-0 in five innings. A 5-run first inning, which included 3 defensive errors and a leadoff home run by Waupun's Luke Marwitz. Six runs followed for the Warriors in the 2nd inning, which was enough for Waupun starting pitcher Tyler DeBoer, who picked up the win while throwing 3 innings. For the Orioles, Jeff Groleau took the loss on the mound, while Kory Pieper, Ethan Hilbert and Groleau each had single hits in the loss.
North Fond du Lac's Tuesday game in Hustisford was postponed to April 13th due to wet field conditions. First pitch is at 6:00pm. The Orioles open conference play on Wednesday, April 11th in Rosendale agaisnt Laconia.
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Oaks walk to victory in Regional semifinal
May 30th...One hit along with 4 walks and 2 hit batters and an error was enough for the Oakfield Oaks to erase a
4-0 deficit and defeat the North Fond du Lac Orioles, 5-4 in a division 3 regional semifinal in Oakfield Tuesday. North FDL set the tone early, getting 2 runs on a 2-run, 2-out single by Jeff Groleau, driving in Scott Woicek and John Cetnar, who each singled ahead of Groleau. Ethan Hilbert left the yard for a home run in the second and Groleau delivered a third 2-out RBI in the 3rd to put the Orioles up 4-0. Blair Klatt threw six shutout innings, until the 7th when he hit the first two batters in the inning, then walked the next two to force in a run. Groleau took over on the mound, walking in 1 run, allowing single runs each on an error and a base hit, then walked in the winning run on a full-count pitch. North FDL ends the season at 7-13.
Offense strikes, Orioles win regional quarterfinal
May 26th...North Fond du Lac collected season high totals in hits and runs Friday, paving the way for a 15-9 Division 3 regional quarterfinal win over the Laconia Spartans in Rosendale. Laconia struck first, tallying 3 runs in the first. North Fondy knotted the game in the 3rd, with 2 of the runs scoring on Laconia's only error of the game. The Spartans would strike again after the Orioles scored 4 times in the 5th to erase a 4-3 deficit, highlighted by a go-ahead 2-run home run by freshman Kasey Starbird. The Orioles struck back, putting up 6 runs in the top of the 6th and adding 2 more in the 7th to go up six. All but one player who batted for North Fondy contributed at least 1 hit to the 15 hit attack, led by Blair Klatt and Jeff Groleau, who tallied 3 hits apiece. Kory Pieper and Scott Woicek added 2 hits each, with Pieper driving in 3 runs from the nine-spot in the order. North Fondy now travels to Oakfield on Tuesday for a regional semifinal game with the top-seeded Oaks.
Oaks, Orioles split doubleheader
May 6th...North Fond du Lac recovered from a 7-error game against Oakfield in a first-game, 8-3 doubleheader loss to the Oaks with a 3-2 win in the nightcap. Oakfield scored first in game 2 in the 3rd inning on a Mike Merk sacrifice fly, with North FDL answering in the bottom of the frame on a John Cetnar RBI single. Two innings later, Ryan Kartos delivered the game-winning runs with a 2-run single through a drawn-in infield. Blair Klatt and Jeremiah Schneider led the pitching and defensive charge, respectively. Klatt completed the game, allowing 4 hits, 5 walks and 5 strikeouts. Schneider robbed Oakfield's Dustin Andurs of at least a double in the top of the 6th with a diving catch in centerfield, helping to limit the Oaks to 1 run in the inning. In game 1, Oakfield took advantage of 7 Oriole errors, 6 between the 4th and 7th innings to score 5 unearned runs in the win. Andrus threw a complete game for the Oaks, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. Cetnar had 2 of the 4 hits for North Fondy, while Kartos drove in 2 runs, both on sacrifice fly outs. Schneider took the loss on the mound, completing 5 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 walks and 4 runs, two earned.
Lions edge North FDL
May 2nd...The Lomira Lions overcame an early 3-0 hole with six runs in the 3rd through 5th innings to grab a 6-5 East Central Flyway conference rivers division win over visiting North Fond du Lac Tuesday. Lomira went up 4-3 with 3 runs in the 4th, two scoring on a triple by Matt Sterr. The Orioles re-took the lead in the 5th when Kory Pieper doubled to centerfield, took 3rd on a Scott Woicek single, and scored on an error at 3rd base. Woicek would later score on a single by Blair Klatt. Lomira matched that output with the deciding runs in the bottom of the 5th, with Andy Weiglein singling in one and Eric Stortz bringing home the other on a fielder's choice ground ball. Lomira out-hit North Fondy, 10-9, led by Weiglein's 3 hits, while the Orioles were led by Klatt's 3 hits. John Cetnar and Ryan Kartos also contributed 2 hits apiece. Jeff Groleau took the loss, allowing 9 hits in 4-plus innings with Jeremiah Schneider completing the final 2 innings. Stortz won it for the Lions, tossing 2 and 2/3rds of one-hit baseball in relief of starter Tristin Pahl.
Orioles recover from no-hitter, split DH in Horicon
April 28th...The North FDL Orioles managed a split of a conference doubleheader with Horicon Friday night, losing
1-0 on a no-hitter by Lance Heintz, then recovering to edge the Marshmen in the nightcap, 5-4. The Orioles had only 4 baserunners in the 1st game, with their best scoring chance coming in the 5th inning when Kory Pieper reached on a fielder's choice, stole second and went to 3rd on a groundout, but Mike Noble grounded out to end the threat. The Marshmen got the game's only run in the 1st when Jared Kiesow was hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to 3rd on a Dusty Dahm single and scored on a Zach Johnson groundout. Jeremiah Schneider took the loss, tossing 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, walking 2 and striking out 4.
Jeff Groleau tossed a complete game in the nightcap for his first win of the season, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned with one walk and 2 strikeouts. Ryan Kartos and Blair Klatt paced the Orioles with two hits each, while Schneider, Groleau and John Cetnar each drove in single runs in the 3rd, when North Fondy scored the 3 game-deciding runs.
Orioles walk to 2nd straigtht win
April 29th...North Fond du Lac overcame a 4-run 3rd inning to win a non-conference contest against Hustisford-Dodgeland, 5-4 Saturday afternoon. Trailing 4-3 heading into the 7th, the Orioles got things going with a double by John Cetnar. Cetnar moved to 3rd on a wild pitch and scored on a Jeff Groleau single with 1 out. One out later with the bases loaded, Scott Woicek worked a walk out of H-D's third pitcher of the game, Ty Hildebrandt. H-D did their damage in the 3rd, getting a run-scoring single from Bryce Radloff and a bases-clearing double from Derek Pieper. The Orioles struck back for 3 in the fourth, two of them scoring on a double by winning pitcher Blair Klatt, who allowed 8 hits, but none after the 4th inning, in collecting the win. The Orioles improved to 3-8 overall with the win.
Orioles open home season with tough loss
Wednesday, April 12th...North Fond du Lac was 4 outs away from their first win of the season when Andrew Koopman singled in 2 runs, giving the Markesan Hornets a lead they would not relinquish. The Hornets tacked on 4 more runs in the 6th inning to grab a 7-2 lead adn eventually a 7-3 win. The Hornets struck first with a run in the 4th--a double-steal and an error led to the run. The Orioles answered with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning by Kory Pieper. North Fondy grabbed the lead on a run-scoring single by Ryan Kartos in the 5th inning before the Hornets hung their 6th inning 6-spot. North Fondy is back in action at home on Tuesday, April 18th against Mayville.
ORIOLES SHUT OUT FOR 3RD TIME
April 18th...The North Fond du Lac Orioles continue to struggle on offense as Tyson Apfelbeck and the Mayville Cardinals blanked North Fondy, 6-0 on Tuesday. Apfelbeck tossed a complete game, 3-hitter, walking only one and picking off 4 Oriole baserunners, allowing no one to reach second base. Jeff Groleau took the loss, throwing seven innings, allowing 7 hits while walking 3 and allowing 6 runs, only two of which were earned. Mayville padded a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning with 3 runs, one scoring on a Matt Haass double. Haass scored on the same play when, while trying to take third base on the throw home, a throw to third base was errant. The Orioles hit the road for 3 more games this week, Thursday at Laconia in Rosendale and two on Saturday against Fond du Lac Springs.
ORIOLES KNOCK OFF CONFERENCE CONTENDER LACONIA
April 20th...North Fond du Lac overcame a 55-pitch, 3-error defensive first inning and a 6-3 deficit, outscoring Laconia 8 to 1 the rest of the way in winning, 11-7 in an East-Central Flyway conference Rivers division contest. Sophomore Jeremiah Schneider survived seven walks and the first inning for his first varsity win, allowing 7 hits and 7 runs, but only 3 of which were earned. Seven Oriole starters had at least 1 hit, while Scott Woicek, Blair Klatt, Ryan Kartos, Jeff Groleau and Ethan Hilbert all had two hits each. Tyler Smit took the loss for the Spartans, allowing all 11 NFDL runs in 4 innings of work.
ORIOLES SWEPT IN TWIN BILL BY LEDGERS
April 22nd...The North Fond du Lac Orioles were unable to carry any momentum from Thursday's win in Laconia into a doubleheader Saturday at Fond du Lac Saint Mary Springs, getting swept in EC-F Rivers division play, 8-4 and 14-2 in 5 innings. Springs slowly built the lead through 5 innings, scoring single tallies in the 1st, 2nd and 4th while adding a pair in the 3rd. A combination of Ledger execution and Oriole mistakes led to the runs and to the clinching 3-run Springs burst in the 6th, after NFDL had made a game of it with 2 runs in the 6th. The Orioles brought the tying run to the plate in the 7th, but could not complete the comeback. In Game 2, Springs jumped to a quick 5-0 lead and never looked back, taking advantage of 8 Oriole walks and four errors to produce 6 unearned runs. Scott Woicek took the loss, pitching into the 2nd inning before being lifted for Blair Klatt, who finished. John Cetnar contributed 2 of the Oriole's six hits in game 2.
Orioles lose lead, game in 7th
April 25th...North Fond du Lac was 2 outs away from knocking off Winnebago Lutheran Academy on Tuesday night when their only defensive miscues of the game allowed the Vikings to come back and steal a 4-2 East Central Flyway conference rivers division matchup in North Fond du Lac. North Fondy's Jeff Groleau and WLA's Tyson Krug locked up in a pitcher's duel for six innings...Krug giving up only a 2-out RBI single to Blair Klat in the 3rd, a solo home run to John Cetnar in the 4th, and only one other hit. Groleau allowed four hits through six with no walks...one of those hits was a solo home run by Krug in the second. The Orioles were unable to ice the game, however, as two seventh-inning errors and Groleau's only walk eventually scored on consecutive base hits with 2 outs in the seventh. The Orioles fell to 1-4 in conference, 1-7 overall ahead of a conference doubleheader Friday night in Horicon.