WEATHER FORCES CHANGES, ENDS DODGERS SEASON

The Dodgers saw their 2019 season come to a close on Saturday afternoon when they were eliminated from the Wisconsin Class-A State Tournament at Joannes Stadium.

Playing in the first game of the day against the Appleton Legends, the Dodgers jumped out to an early lead, when first baseman Jake Thyes led off the bottom half of the second inning by hammering a pitch over the wall in left field for a home run, putting DePere on top 1-0.

The lead didn’t last long though, as the Legends tied things up with a run in the top of the third, then added two runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-1 lead over the Dodgers.

Appleton starter Jason Malkowski held the DePere bats in check from there, as the Thyes home run remained the team’s only hit until third baseman Jayden Adrians led off the bottom of the seventh with a booming double to left.  Adrians would be left stranded at second however, as the Legends hurler retired the next three batters in order to finish out the game and give Appleton a 3-1 win.

Originally scheduled to play the loser of the following game between Menasha and West Allis at 5:00 PM, things changed when the skies opened up and thunderstorms rolled through the area.  The heavy downpours that hit Northeast Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon forced the cancellation of the remaining Saturday games and resulted in a format change for Sunday, with the tournament switching to a three-team, round-robin event between Menasha, West Allis and Appleton, with the Dodgers being the odd man out.

The new Sunday schedule will kick off with West Allis playing Appleton at 11:00 AM.  Menasha will then play West Allis at 1:30 PM before Menasha and Appleton close things out at 4:00 PM.