Baseball ends 11-game losing streak in dramatic fashion

The Berlin Indians and Omro Foxes line up for the national anthem on the May 10 matchup.

Joey Femali, Reporter

With bases loaded, one out and a possible walk off on the table, batter Wyatt Hamersma had a chance to not just end the game, but an 11-game losing streak. 

“When you’re in that situation you have to just stay calm and trust yourself,” Hamersma said. 

That’s exactly what Hamersma did as he delivered Berlin a walk off double hit. The hit drove in senior Sam Petrasak and junior Tommy Schroeder from second and third base to upset the Omro Foxes 6-5.

“I’m proud of ‘Hammer’. He works his butt off every day in practice and I’ve trained with him before. He’s a great kid,” senior Landen Sobieski said, “That kid deserves a moment like this!” 

Sobieski was not afraid of the spotlight either, delivering seven strikeouts through six innings. Some of those strikeouts came from being down in the count three balls to no strikes. 

“When you get in a count like that you just have to be perfect. Coach Bennett called some great pitches. I thought that would help me get back in those counts and everything just went well,” Sobieski said. 

This is the first win for the new coaching staff.

“It felt good to win! Especially after having to wait a year after we didn’t get to play last year,” Head Coach Mike Webb said.

Berlin’s win didn’t come without a battle though. The Foxes would total eight hits and one walk to help score five runs in the game. Senior pitcher Riken Frost would strike out seven Berlin batters and senior reliever Ben Wellhoefer would strike out two more to finish with nine strikeouts for the Foxes.

Berlin finished the game with six hits total, drew eight walks in the game and finished with six runs total. Sobieski would strike out seven Omro batters and Hamersma would strike out one more in relief for a total of eight strikeouts. 

Highlight performances came from freshman Wyatt Hamersmawho went two for five at the plate with a single and walk off double. Senior Andrew Helmuth also found a way on base in all five appearances at the plate.

Highlight performer for the Foxes was Wellhoefer as he was the only Fox to collect more than two hits for the night. 

Berlin will look to keep the momentum churning as they face conference foe Campbellsport tomorrow at home.