The Menasha Macs received strong pitching from John Canipe Friday night to post a 2-1 win over the Green Bay Storm in a Northeastern Wisconsin Baseball League game at Koslo Park.
Canipe allowed just three hits in 81/3 innnings, before Zach Bayreuther pitched out of a ninth-inning jam to get the final two outs and earn a save.
The Macs scored both of their runs in unconventional ways.
Trailing 1-0, Menasha’s Sam Hawley led off the first inning with a double and eventually scored from second on a throwing error.
Then in the fifth inning, the Macs scored the winning run without a base hit. Hawley drew a walk and went to second when Storm pitcher Dante Wilmet tried to pick him off, but threw wildly to first. Another throwing error on the play by the Storm first baseman allowed Hawley to score.
The Storm had an opportunity to win the game in the ninth after Canipe issued a lead-off walk and hit the next batter. The Storm sacrificed the runners over to second and third before Bayreuther hit a batter to load the bases.
Bayreuther then got the final two out on an infield pop-up and a grounder to earn the save.
Dante Wilmet pitched eight solid innings for the Storm, striking out eight and walking two over eight innings.
WP: John Canipe. LP: Dante Wilmet. Leading hitters: Sam Hawley M 2B; Zach Bayreuther M 2×3; Riley Spetz GB 2×3; Tyler Brown GB 2B.