Bay Port squeezes past Wilmot, other scores
The Pirates from suburban Green Bay secured their school’s first state title by outlasting Southern Lakes Conference champion Wilmot, 3-2 in eight innings, in Thursday night’s finale at Fox Cities Stadium.
Bay Port, whose previously unbeaten basketball team lost a state semifinal game in overtime against eventual champion Madison Memorial of the Big Eight, finished the baseball season with a 26-5 record. Along the way, the Pirates gained revenge by beating Big Eight champion Middleton, 3-2, in the state semifinals.
Zac Peterson’s bunt single with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth produced Bay Port’s winning run against Wilmot (24-6). Josh Jaro started the rally with a single, A.J. Gaura walked, and Dominic Putala received an intential walk to load the bases.
Wilmot battled back from a 2-0 deficit with a two-run seventh. Pinch-hitter Quincy Berg and Joe Felgenhauer walked to ignite the rally.
After the Pirates changed pitchers, Tyler Thomas bunted the runners into the scoring position. Berg scored on Brendon Hayden’s single, and Felgenhauer scored the tying run when Landon Tenhagen was safe on an error.
Wilmot got the potential go-ahead run to second base in the top of the eighth, but the Panthers couldn’t get the decisive hit and finished with only four hits off two Bay Port pitchers.
BAY PORT 3, WILMOT 2
Wilmot (ab-r-h-rbi)—Reichwein, p-ss, 3-0-0-0; Jones, pr, 0-0-0-0; Thomas, lf, 2-0-0-0; Hayden, ss-p, 3-0-1-1; Tenhagen, cf, 4-0-1-0; Nelson, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Christian, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Sindles, 3-0-2-0; Epping, 3b, 2-0-0-0; Berg, dh, 0-1-0-0; Felgenhauer, rf, 3-1-0-0; Muhlenbeck, c, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 252-4-1.
Bay Port (ab-r-h-rbi)—Grabig, rf, 3-0-0-0; Murphy, c, 4-0-1-0; L. Peot, p-pr, 2-0-1-0; Hynes, pr, 0-0-0-0; Utrie, 1b-p, 4-1-2-0; Jaro, lf, 4-2-2-0; Gaura, 3b, 3-0-0-0; S. Peot, pr, 0-0-0-0; Putala, ss, 3-0-0-0; Peterson, cf, 3-0-1-2; Klimek, 2b, 3-0-1-1. Totals: 29-3-8-3.
Wilmot 000 000 20—2
Bay Port 000 200 01—3
E—Wilmot 0, Bay Port 2. DP—Wilmot 1, Bay Port 2. LOB—Wilmot 10, Bay Port 9.
IP H R ER BB SO
Reichwein 4 1/3 5 2 2 3 6
Hayden (L) 3 1/3 3 1 1 2 3
L. Peot 6 3 2 1 7 1
Utrie (W) 2 1 0 0 1 0
After the Crusaders’ late semifinal outburst, there was no stopping Madison Edgewood High School’s baseball team in the WIAA Division 2 state championship game.
The Crusaders (25-4) scored in every inning except the fourth as they hammered Bloomer, 13-3 in six innings, in Thursday’s finale to claim their second title in six years.
Chris Ritter, normally Edgewood’s star pitcher, led the way with a 2-for-2 day and four RBIs, including a two-run homer batting in the No. 3 position as the Crusaders’ shortstop. His first RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, giving Edgewood a 1-0 lead it never relinquished.
After Bloomer (27-4) sliced Edgewood’s 4-0 lead to 4-3 in a three-run fourth, the Crusaders put the game out of reach with back-to-back four-run innings. Christian Wabers had a two-run triple to spark Edgewood’s big fourth, and Ritter connected on his two-run blast to left field in the fifth.
Left fielder Zach Scherschel had a 3-for-3 day, along with three runs scored and two RBIs, as another major contributor to Edgewood’s 12-hit attack.
The Crusaders’ title surge followed a nine-run sixth inning Wednesday night that carried them past Fox Valley Lutheran, 12-2.
EDGEWOOD 13, BLOOMER 3
Bloomer 000 300—3 7 3
Edgewood 130 441—13 12 2
Koehler, Poirier (5) and Reischel; Curtin, Parman (5) and Hughes.
Leading hitters—Koehler (B) 2x3, Ritter (ME) 2x2, Wabers (ME) 2x4, Scherschel (ME) 3x3. 2B—Schemenauer (B), Haen (ME). 3B—Wabers (ME). HR—Ritter.
SO—Koehler (B) 1, Poirier (B) 2, Curtin (ME) 4, Parman (ME) 1. BB—Koehler 6, Poirier 1, Curtin 2, Parman 1.
Kenosha St. Joseph High School’s baseball team is back on top WIAA Division 3.
The Lancers (19-9) shocked once-beaten Marathon (30-2) with three runs of the top of the seventh inning Thursday and went on to a 4-2 victory that gave them their school’s third state title since 2005 and second in Division 3.
Pedro Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk to lift St. Joseph into a 2-2 tie with two outs in the seventh. Winning pitcher Joe Pillizzi followed with a two-run single that gave the Lances the lead for good.
Cody Hanke’s sacrifice fly gave Marathon a 1-0 lead in the fourth. St. Joseph tied it on the fifth on Luke Olson’s RBI single, but the Red Raiders regained the lead at 2-1 with an unearned run in the bottom of the inning.
Pillizzi, who pitched a five-hitter, retired Marathon in order in the bottom of the seventh to clinch the Lancers’ victory.
KENOSHA ST. JOSEPH 4, MARATHON 2
St. Joseph 000 010 3—4 7 1
Marathon 000 110 0—2 5 1
Pillizzi and Nelson; Hanke, Hamann (5) and Schilling.
Leading hitters—Olson (KSJ) 2x4, Pignotti (KSJ) 2x3, Hamann (M) 2x2.
SO—Pillizzi (KSJ) 2, Hanke (M) 4, Hamann (M) 2. BB—Pillizzi 2, Hanke 2, Hamann 3.
When the heat was on, Marion High School’s baseball team came through to lock up the Mustangs’ first state title.
With runners at second and third in the bottom of the seventh, Ethan Miller struck out the next three batters to give the Mustangs (27-2) a 6-5 win over Chippewa Falls McDonell (22-5) in the Division 4 title game Thursday morning.
Miller relieved Cody Riemer in the fourth and struck out seven to earn the win.
Marion (27-2) scored all of its runs in the third on a triple by Riemer, doubles by Miller and Tyler Scohen, and singles by Sean Kallas, Eric Kroening and Justin Remminger.
McDonell (22-5) got a solo homer from Andy Davis, who had two hits, as did Robby Cooper and Jake Bohl.
MARION 6, CHIPPEWA FALLS McDONELL 5
Marion 006 000 0—6 8 2
McDonell 200 020 1—5 8 2
Riemer, Miller (4) and Schoen; Hiess, Cooper (3), Ochs (4), Mcllquham (6) and King.
Leading hitters—Riemer (Mar) 2x3, Davis (CFM) 2x3, Cooper (CFM) 2x3, Bohl (CFM) 2x3. 2B—Schoen (Mar), Miller (Mar), Cooper (CFM). 3B—Riemer (Mar). HJR—Davis (CFM).
SO—Riemer (Mar) 2, Miller (Mar) 7, Hiess (CFM) 1, Ochs (CFM) 3, Mcllquiham (CFM) 4. BB—Riemer 5, Miller 2, Hiess 4, Cooper 2, Ochs 2.