Weirich, Kramme help diamond Dutchmen win consecutive games

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 5/10/23

Bounce back.

Steven Kemp’s Owensville Dutchmen looked to do exactly that after Vienna spoiled their senior night last Tuesday at OHS Field.

Falling 13-10 to the Eagles, Kemp’s …

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Weirich, Kramme help diamond Dutchmen win consecutive games


Bounce back.

Steven Kemp’s Owensville Dutchmen looked to do exactly that after Vienna spoiled their senior night last Tuesday at OHS Field.

Falling 13-10 to the Eagles, Kemp’s Dutchmen welcomed Linn’s Wildcats to orange and black land Friday night.

Throwing a complete-game shutout scattering three hits and two walks over seven innings, Dutchmen freshman Chase Weirich helped Owensville start a new winning streak with a 3-0 shutout of their Osage County opponents.

After a scoreless first inning, Owensville struck first in the bottom of the second inning.

Catcher Chris Allen led off the frame with a walk before stealing second base.

Weirich then helped his own cause with a two-out RBI single scoring Logan Bailey who was inserted as a courtesy runner for Allen.

After Weirich pitched around a two-out walk in the top of the third inning, his Dutchmen offense gave him some more run support in the bottom half of the third.

Will Lauth singled with one out before his stay on the base paths was brief.

Wyatt Kramme drove Lauth in with a RBI double doubling Owensville’s lead to 2-0.

Adding to his walk in the second inning Allen delivered a RBI single down the third-base line scoring Kramme giving the Dutchmen a 3-0 lead.

Limiting the Wildcats to three base runners the remainder of the game, Weirich delivered a complete-game shutout striking out seven Linn batters.

Wyatt Kramme and Lauth each led the Dutchmen with two hits against Linn.

Also recording base hits against the Wildcats were Landon Kramme, Jaden Gerlemann, Layne Evans, Weirich and Allen.

Going for the doubleheader sweep in junior-varsity action, Owensville could not overcome a six-run top of the third inning from the Wildcats before falling 7-2 against Linn.

Adam Wilson and Kaden Loeb scored both runs in the bottom of the third inning for the JV Dutchmen.

Monday night, Kemp’s Dutchmen took a road trip south on Highway 19 to take on Steelville’s Cardinals.

Tied at 7-7 after five innings, Owensville scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning on four hits helping them to a 10-7 road victory giving them back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

As the visiting team, the Dutchmen got the first chance to break the scoreless tie in the top of the first inning.

Steelville found out that lead off walks usually lead to not-so-good circumstances.

Landon Ely led the game off with a walk before stealing second base.

Lauth then singled through the left side of the infield bringing senior Wyatt Kramme to the plate.

On the ninth pitch of his at bat, Kramme sent a ball over the left-center field fence for a 3-run home run.

This was the first round-tripper of his varsity high school baseball career.

Already leading 3-0, Owensville looked to add more runs.

Austin Long was hit by a pitch before an Allen single allowed him to score bumping the Dutchmen lead to 4-0.

Walks also haunted the Dutchmen in the bottom of the first inning at Steelville.

Three Cardinal walks led to two runs trimming Owensville’s early lead to 4-2 after one inning.

OHS wasted no time getting those runs back and then some in the top of the second inning.

Zaiden Gates delivered a one-out single before scoring on an error making it 5-2.

Ely and Wyatt Kramme were hit by a pitch to go along with a Lauth walk loading the bases for Allen.

Delivering a big two-out hit in the first pitch of his at bat, Allen drove in Ely and Lauth giving the Dutchmen a 7-2 lead after Matt Eckelkamp pitched a scoreless bottom of the second inning in Steelville.

Held scoreless over the next three innings, Owensville saw the Cardinals score single tally marks in the third and fourth innings before a three-run bottom of the fifth tied the game at 7-7.

Leading off the top of the sixth, Lauth doubled to right field before Wyatt Kramme singled to left field putting runners on the corners.

Long delivered a RBI ground out allowing Lauth to score putting the Dutchmen back in front 8-7.

Allen then drew a two-out walk before Landon Kramme drilled a two-RBI double to left field scoring Wyatt Kramme and Bailey giving Owensville their final margin of victory.

Senior JJ Brown struck out the side in the bottom of the sixth inning helping him earn the win.

Wyatt Kramme, Lauth and Allen each had two hits to lead the Dutchmen in that department.

Lauth also scored a team-high three runs while Ely and Wyatt Kramme also scored a pair of runs each.

Allen and Wyatt Kramme each drove in a team-high three runs.

In spite of Brown allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits to go with five strikeouts, he still earned the victory in Steelville.

Saturday during the annual JV Dutchmen baseball tournament, Owensville bounced back from a 5-4 first-round loss to Sullivan to claim consolation honors following a 7-3 victory over Cuba.

Against the Eagles, Adam Wilson and Elias Medlock each had a team-high two hits while Bailey drove in a team-high two runs.

Wilson also scored a team-high two runs for the JV Dutchmen against Sullivan.

Taking on Cuba, Owensville needed a five-run bottom of the fourth inning to stave off a late-inning rally by the Wildcats.

Bailey had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs to lead the JV Dutchmen against Cuba.