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Winning streak is new record for A’s

HARRY STELDT and the Sheboygan A’s have plenty of reasons to be giving high-fives. – Photo by Sheila Syrjala

The Sheboygan A’s set a team record for longest winning streak by sweeping a doubleheader from Appleton on Wednesday, giving the baseball squad 16 wins in a row. The previous mark of 14 was set in 1991.

“The guys are just really playing well,” manager Tim Moyer said. “It’s a lot of fun and it makes my job easy.”

Sheboygan broke the record with a 3-2 win in Game 1, as Ross Krist doubled home Gus Walker to tie the score in the top of the seventh. Krist scored the go-ahead run on a two-out single by Jacob Neese. 

In Game 2, Brad Rindfleisch threw 141 pitches and struck out 16 batters while allowing only two hits in a 3-0 victory.

“We’re just playing really well and pitching has been fantastic,” Moyer said. “We had five days off over the Fourth of July weekend and we came back and lit it up (last) Tuesday.”

That is when Sheboygan beat Green Bay, 11-3, as Jared Reklaitis lowered his team-best earned run average to 0.78 after striking out eight in five innings.

There were several other highlights during the streak as well.

Sheboygan finished 5-0 in the three-day Wisconsin Amateur Classic Championship.

Ross Krist, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, had a walk-off hit in a 5-4 win over Clyman.

In a 12-4 victory over Vaqueros, Eric Schmitz struck out nine to surpass 500 for his career.

Jimmy Juergensen delivered a three-run walk-off home run in a 4-1 win over Appleton (although Harry Steldt’s 29-game streak of reaching base came to an end).

And in the title game, Sheboygan beat Kewaskum, 7-4. Krist homered again and finished with two runs, two walks and two stolen bases.

Injury updates

Sheboygan native Bennet Becker and Plymouth graduate Cooper Gosse could see more playing time, according to Moyer, as a result of injuries to Riley Palmquist and Brady Zackrison.

The leftfielder Zackrison is out of the year after he suffered a broken bone in his foot when teammates mobbed him after a two-out walk-off hit last week.

The shortstop Palmquist could return in another week or two once his wrist heals.

Both of them have combined to score 49 runs and have a total of 32 RBI.

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