Janesville Legion drops opener
Kakwitch went 5-for-5 with two doubles and a home run to lead De Pere to a 13-3 win over Janesville in an opening round game of the Class AAA State Tournament.
Janesville (21-10) will play Wausau (22-18) in a loser’s bracket game at 1 p.m. today.
After tying the game at 2-2 in the top of the second, Janesville surrendered six runs in the third and never recovered.
“De Pere’s got a nice team, and when you give them extra outs like we did a couple of times, they will make you pay for it,” Janesville coach Ron Pohlman said of his team’s two costly errors.
“We hit the ball hard and finished with 10 hits, but we left 11 men on base. Twice we had the bases loaded, and both times, we hit the ball hard but right at the third baseman for an out.”
Garrett Morris suffered only his second loss of the season for Janesville. The righthander (10-2) allowed eight earned runs in only two innings of work and compounded his problems by walking four batters.
“Garrett didn’t have his good stuff today and couldn’t get his curveball over for a strike,” Pohlman said. “It’s unfortunate because he has pitched so well for us all season.
“But De Pere is capable of doing that to a lot of pitchers. Along with Eau Claire, they’re probably the cream of the crop in this tournament.”
Kakwitch, who will play at UW-Oshkosh, hit .365 during the regular season and boosted his average even higher with his five hits Saturday. De Pere is making its fifth visit to state in the last six years, including back-to-back state titles in 2003 and 2004.
Nick Weber had three of Janesville’s 10 hits, while Zach Bayreuther added two hits and an RBI.
With the season ending with one more loss, Pohlman is hopeful his team can bounce back today.
“Tomorrow’s another day and I don’t think anyone is ready to go home yet,” Pohlman said. “I’m going to start David Jacobson and hope he can give us five or six good innings, and then come with Brett Fredricks.”
DE PERE 13, JANESVILLE 3 (7)
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Beyer, cf, 4-0-0-0; Scharenbroch, 2b, 4-0-2-1; Bayreuther, ss, 3-0-2-1; Grall, 1b, 3-0-1-0; Meehan, dh, 3-0-0-0; Moser, rf, 1-0-0-0; Weber, lf, 4-1-3-0; Teubert, 3b, 3-1-1-0; Jacobson, c, 4-0-0-0; Larson, rf-p, 3-1-1-1. Totals: 32-3-10-3.
De Pere (ab-r-h-rbi)—Henringsler, lf, 5-2-2-0; Pierre, cf, 4-1-0-0; Kakwitch, ss, 5-3-5-3; Jorgenson, 1b, 4-1-2-2; S. Jansen, RF, 5-2-2-2; Boetcher, 3b, 3-1-1-2; Pierce, 2b, 1-1-0-0; B. Jansen, dh, 2-1-1-2; Soderlund, c, 4-1-3-1. Totals: 33-13-16-11.
Janesville 020 010 00—3
De Pere 206 101 3—13
E—Janesville 2, De Pere 2. LOB—Janesville 11, De Pere 8. SB—S. Jansen, Bayreuther, Weber. 2B—Teubert, Kakwitch 2, B. Jansen. HR—Kakwitch.
Janesville IP H R ER BB SO
Morris (L 10-2) 2 7 8 8 4 0
Fredricks 3 2 1 1 2 1
Larson 2 6 4 4 1 1
American Legion AAA State Tournament
At La Crosse
Game 1—Eau Claire 6, Appleton Legion 0
Game 2—De Pere 13, Janesville 3
Game 3—Madison Post 57 (27-13) vs. Green Bay Southwest (32-6), not available
Game 4— La Crosse Post 52 5, Wausau 2
Game 5—Appleton Legion (23-12) vs. Loser Game 3, 10 a.m.
Game 6—Janesville (21-10) vs. Wausau (22-18), 1 p.m.
Game 7—Eau Claire vs. Winner of Game 3, 3 p.m.
Game 8—De Pere (35-12) vs. La Crosse Post 52 (25-16), 7 p.m.
Game 9—Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7, 1 p.m.
Game 10—Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8, 4 p.m.
Game 11—Winner Game 7 vs Winner Game 8, 7 p.m.
GAME TUESDAY, AUG. 5
(pairings adjusted to match teams that have not previously met or have not played since the first round)
Game 12—Winner Game 9 vs. Loser Game 11, 4 p.m.
Game 13—Winner Game 10 vs. Winner Game 11, 7 p.m.
GAMES WEDNESDAY, AUG. 6
(if three teams remain, Game 11 winner will receive bye into Game 15)
Game 14—Winner Game 12 vs. Winner Game 13, 4 p.m.
Game 15—Repeat game 14 if necessary, 7 p.m.