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Tim Crisco throws a pitch in the bottom of the third in during a Great Northern Conference baseball game at 
Mosinee on Tuesday, April 9.
Brett Labore/lakeland times Tim Crisco throws a pitch in the bottom of the third in during a Great Northern Conference baseball game at Mosinee on Tuesday, April 9.
The biting cold wind played a factor as the Lakeland baseball team played a doubleheader on Tuesday night.

Mosinee was the site of the doubleheader between Lakeland and Mosinee. The first game saw Mosinee get off to a fast start and take the win, 15-10.

Trailing by 10 runs at one point in the first game, Lakeland made a late rally and carried that momentum into Game 2, which it won, 11-7.



Game 1

The first inning was a crazy one. Starting for Mosinee was pitcher Luke Spink and starting for Lakeland was pitcher Parker Biertzer. 

Right away a double steal by Lakeland’s Max Toijala and Tim Crisco gave the T-Birds a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. 

It wouldn’t last long.

In the bottom of the second was where Mosinee found its groove. The bases were loaded early before a RBI single by Matt Olson tied the game at 1-1. Right after that, it was a two-run single by Ryan Walsh which gave Mosinee a 3-1 lead.

There were still no outs. A hit by pitch scored another run before an RBI single by Bryce Novitzke made it 5-1. The inning would later end with Mosinee up 6-1.

The Thunderbirds would come back with something. Anthony Thoms started it off with an infield single and then Toijala was at it again with an RBI single making it 6-2.

The next inning showed Mosinee’s strength. With based loaded again and one out, a two-run double by Max Beste extended the lead to 8-2, chasing Biertzer from the mound after a rough outing.

“We got behind in the count, we have to work on getting first pitch strike,” assistant coach Matt Krueger said. “It’s nice we have a couple days off that we can work on that going into next week.”

Tim Crisco was next for Lakeland. A wild pitch by Crisco led to a run for Mosinee before it was a sacrifice fly by Cole Vandehey that made it 12-2 Mosinee. The inning finally ended on a groundout.

The top of the fifth showed Lakeland’s toughness. A two-run double by Brandon Slavinsky made it 13-4 before an RBI single by Erik Albertus, in addition to an error, made it 13-6.

Mosinee responded again in the inning with two of their own, first with an RBI single by Beste and then a sacrifice fly by Novitzke making it 15-6.

Lakeland still had life and would make one last charge at a huge comeback in the top of the seventh. It was started by a fielder’s choice RBI by Bryce Gilbertson. Then, a sacrifice fly by Alex Fortier made it 15-8.

With two outs, Tyler Teichmiller had an RBI single to make it 15-9. Then a run scoring hit by Toijala made it 15-10. That was as close as they would get as Mosinee closed out the win in Game 1.

“We have a lot of momentum carrying in the sixth and seventh inning that we can carry into game two,” Krueger said.



Game 2

Game 2 saw the Thunderbirds play a different type of game. With the cold wind ongoing, Lakeland took the victory 11-7.

Lakeland used a barrage of runs early to get things started. They scored three runs in the first inning and all 11 in the first four innings. 

Biertzer had a big game at the plate. He drove in three runs on two hits for the night as well as one stolen base.

Crisco also had a good game with three hits, two runs scored and an RBI, and Michael Campbell was able to score two hits, driving in one run and scoring two himself. When the bats get going, the Thunderbirds can be dangerous.

“We showed that when we get things going we can score a lot of runs,” Krueger said. “One thing leads to another and hitting is contagious.”

Pitching was in the hands of Fortier and Tate Olson. Fortier went six innings and recorded four strikeouts, getting the win.

The Thunderbirds managed a split on a cold and windy Tuesday night, picking up their first win of the season. Their next game is Monday, April 15 at Merrill starting at 4:30 p.m.

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.