“How sweet it is.”
That’s how Legion Cactus League manager Rick Schiltz characterized his team’s first win of the year against Hebron.
Playing at Molitor Field Monday, night Lake Geneva won 7-6.
It put the team’s record at 1-5 for the year.
“It was almost a perfect game,” Schiltz said.
The home team knocked out 13 hits and held Hebron to 3.
Errors hurt them as they have all year, but this time they overcame three of them and their opponent helped with four of their own.
“The bats are coming alive,” Schiltz said. “All that hard work is starting to pay off.”
Jeremy Stenger and Mason Krede teamed up on the mound.
Krede had the game winning hit, one of three on the day. Stenger had two hits including a double and John Keefe led the team with three hits.
As Schiltz said, “everyone hit.”
The Cactus League team will play Big Foot at Molitor Field again on Friday.
Lake Geneva opened the season on May 14 with a 13-1 loss to Big Foot 2 at Molitor Field in Lake Geneva. They were held to two hits, one by Tim Weisse and the other by Dawson Comer. Stenger gave up 10 runs in two innings but only five were earned as Lake Geneva committed five errors.
They lost to Clinton 15-3 on May 19. Lake Geneva was down 6-1 after the first inning. Weisse had two hits and Rob Potter one for the only two hits against Clinton, but they drew three walks.
Caleb Johnson had a tough time on the mound giving up 11 runs in 1 2/3 innings. Ten of the runs were earned and he walked nine while striking out three. Krede fared better giving up only one run in 2 1/3 innings. Stenger, Krede, Logan Cudlip and Ben Weise were credited with some good plays in the field by Schiltz.
On May 21, Lake Geneva lost 19-3 against North Boone, but the game could have been different had Lake Geneva not left the bases loaded with one out twice and failed to score. Nick Pavlicek went 2 for 3 with a run scored and the local team had six hits all together. Stenger came in relief and gave up only two earned runs in three innings. Unfortunately, four Lake Geneva errors led to 10 unearned runs.
Last Monday, Lake Geneva lost to Delavan Township 19-1 giving up only 11 hits but committing five errors. Lake Geneva was held hitless despite scoring a run; it drew five walks. Stenger gave up six hits over three innings while striking out seven.