Youth Overcomes Legend
By: Steven Ballman
On a day that made you think you were playing in early April on the campus of Concordia University, the 7 Up boys rolled into Menomonee Falls with two things in mind, not freezing to death, and trying to bang off the rust and escape with a victory against a Wisconsin baseball legend in Don August. The 7 Up boys coming off of 3 consecutive washouts were lucky enough to get the services of Daniel Mueller back in the lineup, as well as some upstart high school players.
Don August showed right away why he is a legend, in retiring the side with 2 strike outs in the first inning. The Falls struck first in their bottom half of inning number 1, when Bryant Bullock, who didn't give up a hit in his first outing, gave up a first pitch single to Donnie Matovich. He would end up scoring.
It would remain until the 3rd when the 7 Up boys would pull away for good. Jake Perez, a high school senior, would get the first hit off August with a sharp single to center. A Bullock base hit, and then a ball hit off the fence by Zach Biermann, a high school sophomore, would score Perez. A sac bunt by Jed Justman, then a single down the line by Adam Rohlinger would score 2. It was all over from there.
The 7 Up boys move to 2-0 on the season, and next play Friday night in their 3rd attempt at a home opener against the Rubicon Red Sox and Derrick Pankow's sad Bud Light consumption skills. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30.