Sheboygan A’s rally from 10 down to force tie

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JOSH GATES (No. 36) leads the congratulations after a recent Sheboygan A’s baseball victory. – Submitted photo

There was a rare tie in a baseball game, and the Sheboygan A’s weren’t complaining.

Especially since they overcame a 10-run deficit to settle for a 10-10 tie against Appleton on June 30.

It was the final game of the rain-plagued Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Classic Tournament, and the Legends plated nine runs in the first inning and then led, 10-0, after the fourth.

But Sheboygan rallied to tie the score before the game was stopped because of more rain and lightning.

“It was definitely unique,” A’s manager Derek Loomans said. “It’s kind of how we’ve played baseball this summer. We’ve been behind or struggled at times and our offense just doesn’t give up. We’re really resilient. There’s not too many times we get down and look at it as insurmountable.”

* Entering this past weekend, Sheboygan was 21-10-1 and had won six of their last seven games since the tie. The A’s responded from that contest with a four-game winning streak by outscoring their opponents, 42-9, during the stretch.

* Cole Miklavcic got the winning streak going by collecting four hits while Eric Schmitz pitched seven shutout innings in a 5-3 victory over Green Bay on July 1.

* The following day, Sheboygan cruised to an 11-1 win over Manitowoc, as Brendon Bille surrendered one run on two hits over seven innings.

* Sheboygan competed in the Wisconsin State League 5th Game Challenge July 6-7, and its only loss was to Lombard, 5-4, in 10 innings. The A’s beat Addison, 13-4, and Kenosha, 13-1, highlighted by a grand slam by Jimmy Jourgensen.

*Josh Gates and Brad Rindfleisch homered in a 7-4 win over Appleton July 8, as Sheboygan overcome a 4-0 deficit.

* Jake Falish drove in four runs thanks to a double and triple in an 8-1 victory over Appleton on Wednesday. Jourgensen added three more hits.

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