A weekend full of baseball proved to be tough for the Lakeland baseball team, as they try to get off to a hot start to the season.

The first game played was on Thursday, April 4 against Medford, as it was the Thunderbirds’ first game of the season. Right away it was Medford striking in the bottom of the first with two runs.

Lakeland would strike back with one of their own in the top of the third, before Medford came right back with two more runs later that inning.

The Thunderbirds made one last attempt at making a comeback in the top of the fifth when they scored two runs. One of those hits was a run batted in (RBI) double by Brandon Boh. 

“We were threatening in the fifth, but we hit into a line drive double play,” coach Mike Wilhelm said.

But that was as close as they would get as Medford took the game 4-3. 

Tim Crisco finished the game with three hits and an RBI and Alex Fortier finished the game with three innings pitched and four strikeouts. Brandon Slavinsky also had an RBI to his name.

The weekend presented a whole other challenge for the baseball team. They went to play a triangular against Kaukauna and Sheboygan North at Bayorgeon Field on Saturday, April 6.

The first game was against Kaukauna at 11 a.m. This game was defined by a couple of big innings. 

After a clean first inning by Thunderbird pitchers, Kaukauna struck for six in the bottom of the second and four in the bottom of the third. There were several errors which attributed to that.

The Thunderbirds couldn’t get any offense going and lost the game 11-0. It was one of those games where things got out of hand quick.

“A lot things were computing and things slipped away a little fast,” Wilhelm said.

The second game was against Sheboygan North at 1:30 p.m. This game had a similar result.

Sheboygan got off to a quick start with five runs in the first three innings. Lakeland did counter in the top of the third with one of their own, thanks to another RBI by Boh. 

But it was another big inning by Sheboygan North where they scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to put away the game. Sheboygan went on to win 11-1. 

“We know how to operate philosophically and execution-wise,” Wilhelm said. “We didn’t execute.”

Boh finished the game with three hits as well as pitching 3.2 innings in the game with five strikeouts. There is something to take away from this weekend of tough games.

“I guess the big thing to take away is to get experience,” Wilhelm said. “We are playing better competition than we would be here.”

The Thunderbirds will get back to work and prepare for another week of games. Their next game is a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 9 at Mosinee with the first game starting at 4:30 p.m.

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