Younger Roenicke impresses dad with hit in debut

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- An otherwise lousy afternoon for the Brewers did feature one highlight: Lance Roenicke, the 24-year-old son of the manager, singled sharply to center field in the eighth inning of a 12-3 loss to the Rangers.

"Pretty neat," Ron Roenicke said. "And a pretty good at-bat. He saw live pitching for the first time [Monday] in live [batting practice]. So it's pretty good."

Lance Roenicke batted again in the ninth and lined out to shortstop. An outfielder, he was the Brewers' 25th-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and split last season between rookie Helena and Class A Wisconsin. Ron Roenicke was able to make the hour-long drive north to Appleton, Wis., for three of Lance's games last summer and fall, when the Timber Rattlers won the Midwest League championship.

Lance just reported to the Brewers' Minor League Spring Training last week. Instead of staying with Dad, he's living at the team hotel with the rest of the team's farmhands.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.