An inconsistent schedule has led to an inconsistent Tomah American Post 201 Seniors baseball team.
Tomah’s 18-and-under team dropped a 20-7 decision to Holmen at Dennis Senz Field. It was the team’s first action since June 28, when it played Black River Falls in a game that was called due to darkness
The Seniors were supposed to play Sparta July 2 in the Veterans Showcase and the Onalaska Tournament July 6-8, but those plans were scrapped due to lack of Tomah players. They had enough players to compete at Baraboo Tuesday but the contest was cancelled at Baraboo’s request. Other games have been rained out.
“It’s hard to stay consistent and get the work in when the schedule isn’t consistent,” Tomah coach Seth Yarco said.
Holmen took a 20-1 lead before Tomah’s bats got warmed up the second time through the batting order. In the fourth inning, Tomah loaded the bases before a two-base error and a wild pitch that allowed three runs to score.
After Dalton Prielipp pitched a scoreless top of the fifth, Tomah got three more runs in the bottom of the inning. Brett Meyer tapped an RBI groundout with the bases loaded, and Tyler Torkelson followed with a two-run double over the leftfielder’s head. Despite the rally, the game ended after the fifth due to the 10-run rule.
Tomah wraps up the regular season Thursday with a contest at the La Crosse North Stars and then has an eight-day break before the start of the Class AA Region 7 tournament play at Onalaska. Holmen is the opening opponent at 11 a.m. in the double-elimination tournament that starts Friday, June 20. The champion of the eight-team advances to the state tournament in Baraboo.
Yarco said the team could improve with more games. Tomah has played just four complete games and has a 2-2 record.
“For the most part, we were doing pretty good when we played,” he said. “Right now, we not executing like we would like. What I’m looking for is a little more consistent pitching and putting the barrel of the bat on the ball.”
Holmen, which had already clinched the Halverson Division title of the Coulee Regional American Legion Baseball League before Monday, improved its league record to 8-1.
Tomah’s 16-and-under squad begins the post-season this weekend at the district tournament in Sparta. The tournament was re-drawn after Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau withdrew, and Tomah was assigned the Friday, 4 p.m. contest vs. Sparta. Tomah’s second game is either 12:30 p.m. or 3 p.m. Saturday.
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