Loggers enter All-Star break on five game skid

La Crosse sits in last place in division at All-Star break

7/20/14 - Baseball - Lakeshore 5, La Crosse 1

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A three-day break will be a much-needed respite for the Loggers.

Lakeshore scored two in the second and one in the fourth, fifth and ninth innings en route to a 5-1 win at Copeland Park Sunday night. The loss drops La Crosse to 7-12, last place in the Northwoods League South Division.

"Teams go through that every once in a while," said pitcher Breckin Williams. "We're in a little bit of a funk. Games that we pitch it well, we don't hit, and games that we hit well, we don't pitch it. It's just something we gotta work through. The break coming up is really going to help us. Get three days off, come back refocused."

"Hopefully everybody clears their heads a little bit, get these three days off, get away from baseball, then come back refreshed and start rolling again," said second baseman Ryne Birk.

The Loggers are hitting .263 as a team, but just haven't been able to come through with timely hits. Manager Jason Nell also encouraged his players to "get as far away from baseball as possible."

"Trust me, it eats me alive. I want to play well, especially in front of our fans," he said. "We got to to get through it. We have to get through it."

Birk, Williams and outfielder Mike Nadratowski will represent the Loggers at Tuesday's Northwoods League All-Star Game. After the break, La Crosse heads to Green Bay.

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