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Steady O's still rolling
June 23, 1993

Greg Hackbart, pictured in the 1991 American Legion State Tournament, pitched the Oconomowoc Five O's to a 10-2 win over North Lake in a Land O'Lakes game on Sunday

   What a difference a year makes.
   When the Oconomowoc Five O's played North Lake last season, the O's were a slumping club and booted 11 errors in a loss.
   On Sunday, however, Oconomowoc played flawless defense and received offensive contributions from everyone in the line-up while cruising to a 10-2 Land O'Lakes Western Division over the Lakers.
   The game was scheduled for Oconomowoc's Roosevelt Field, but due to wet conditions was played at North Lake.
   It was the fifth win in the last six games for Oconomowoc, which improved to 5-3 for the first half of the season split.
   Last year, the Five O's were 4-4 in the first half.
   Neither team could score in the first four innings as Oconomowoc starting pitcher Greg Hackbart and North Lake starter E.J. Adams dueled each other to a standoff.
   Oconomowoc broke though in the fifth, however, with a five run outburst fueled by Jeff Ranta's two-out, two-run single.
   That was all Hackbart needed as he carried the shutout almost seven innings while allowing nine hits.
   The O's eliminated any outcome uncertainty as they continued to hit with vigorous.
   They added two more runs in the sixth and another in the seventh as player/manager Jason Brown tripled and scored on John Anderson's sacrafice fly.
   Then Oconomowoc scored two more runs in the eighth on consecutive hits from Ranta, Steve Smith, and Brown.
   "We knew if we just kept playing defense, the bats would wake up," said Brown. "We're ready for the second half."
   Brown finished with four hits while Ranta and Smith added three hits each to the total.
   The O's will open second half play was a 1:30 home game against Monches June 27.
   Last year Oconomowoc finished 4-4 in the second half.
   Currently, Menomonee Falls continues to lead the Western Division with a 6-0 record while Pewaukee holds the runner-up slot at 5-2.

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