Neenah, Eau Claire North to play for Division 1 title, other scores
That’s Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute, of course, but the losing teams going scoreless Tuesday in five of the tournament’s first six games made it look like the home of the shutout.
Appleton North finally broke through in the second game of the semifinals, but the Lightning dropped a 5-2 decision to Eau Claire North. That came after Neenah earned its spot in Thursday’s championship game by blanking Hartford, 10-0, in five innings.
Neenah also shutout Kenosha Bradford, 3-0, in the semifinals, and Appleton North reached the semifinals with a 11-0 shutout of Wausau West in five innings. Hartford topped Verona, 4-0, and Eau Claire North hammered Reedsburg, 11-0 in six innings, to complete quarterfinal set of four shutouts.
-- Neenah 10, Hartford 0—Neenah (20-8) batted around in the third and fourth innings, including three doubles in the third, to build a 9-0 lead in the Rockets’ five-inning semifinal blowout of Hartford (18-9).
Jake Stern pitched a three-hit shutout, allowing no walks, while Tyler Robers sparked the Neenah offense with three hits and four RBIs. Stern also drove in two runs.
NEENAH 10, HARTFORD 0
Hartford 000 00—0 3 1
Neenah 005 41—10 11 0
Glesen, Resch (3), Mahnke (4) and Bradner; Stern and Nicholson.
Leading hitters—Pfankuck (N) 3x4, Robers (N) 3x4. 2B—Bradner (H), Erickson (N), Robers (N), DEBruin (N).
SO—Stern (N) 4. BB—Giesen (H) 1, Resch (H) 1, Mahnke (H) 1.
-- Eau Claire North 5, Appleton North 2—Eau Claire North (22-3) scored five runs in the last two innings to overcome Appleton North’s 1-0 lead, giving the Huskies their first appearance in the state finals since they lost the 2005 title to Sun Prairie.
Dean Eisold’s two-run double in the sixth gave Eau Claire a 2-1 lead after Appleton had scored in the third. Jacob Jenneman, Eau Claire’s winning pitcher in the quarterfinals, extended the Huskies’ lead with a two-run single in the seventh.
EAU CLAIRE NORTH 5, APPLETON NORTH 2
Eau Claire North 000 002 3—5 7 4
Appleton North 001 000 1—2 6 0
Button, Jenneman (6) and Eisold; Yost, Pingel (7) and Morgan.
Leading hitters—Jenneman (ECN) 2x4, Eagan (AN) 3x4. 2B—Janni (ECN), Eisold (NCN).
SO—Button (ECN) 5, Jenneman (EC) 3, Yost (AN) 9, Pingel (AN) 1. BB—Button 4, Jenneman 1, Yost 5, Pingel 1.
-- Hartford 4, Verona 0—John Sprtel spoiled Verona’s first trip to the state tournament by blanking the Wildcats (18-8) on three hits.
While only two Verona runners reached second base, Hartford grabbed the victory with two-run spurts in the sixth and seventh. Tony Brandner doubled and tripled in the those rallies.
HARTFORD 4, VERONA 0
Hartford 000 002 2—2 10 1
Verona 000 000 0—0 3 1
Sprtel and Brandner; Gust, Neumann (7) and Jennings.
Leading hitters—Brandner (H) 3x3, Klipstein (H) 3x3, Heidecker (H) 2x3. 2B—Brandner, Klipstein. 3B—Brandner.
SO—Sprtel (H) 4, Gust (V) 6. BB—Sprtel 2, Gust 1.
-- Neenah 3, Bradford 0—Tyler Robers faced only 25 batters in pitching a three-hitter to carry Neenah past Kenosha Bradford (21-5).
Designated hitter Tom Flores had sacrifice flies in the fourth and sixth innings to account for two Neenah runs.
NEENAH 3, BRADFORD 0
Neenah 000 201 0—3 4 0
Kenosha Bradford 000 000 0—0 3 2
Robers and DeBruin; Swift and Costabile.
Leading hitters—Eschbach (KB) 2x3.
SO—Robers 7, Swift 4. BB—Robers 2, Swift 3.
-- Appleton North 11, Wausau West 0—Appleton North rode a seven-run second to a 9-0 lead and five-inning blowout of the Warriors (21-5).
Nolan Baker had a two-run homer in the big inning, but five of the seven runs were unearned.
APPLETON NORTH 11, WAUSAU WEST 0 (5)
Wausau West 000 00—0 2 4
Appleton North 371 0x—11 9 1
Ziegel, Roberts (3) and Lindmeier; Pingel and Morgan.
Leading hitters—Morgan (AN) 3x3, Cazares (AN) 2x3, Watkins (AN) 2x3. 2B—Cazares, Watkins. HR—Baker.
SO—Roberts (WW) 1, Pingel (AN) 9. BB—Ziegel (WW) 1, Roberts 2, Pingel 1.
-- Eau Claire North 11, Reedsburg 0—North scored five runs on six hits and an error in the sixth inning to spoil Reedsburg’s first state appearance since 1973.
Jacob Jenneman and Mitch DeGrasse each limited the Beavers (17-9) to one hit.
EAU CLAIRE NORTH 11, REEDSBURG 0 (6)
Eau Claire 300 305 0—11 12 0
Reedsburg 000 000 x—0 2 1
Jenneman, DeGrasse (6) and Eisold; Ernstmeyer, Fauerbach (4), Gavin (6) and Turner.
Leading hitters—Janni (ECN) 2x3, Hermann (ECN) 2x4, Hurt (ECN) 2x3, Eisold (ECN) 2x4. 2B—Hurt (ECN).
SO—Jenneman (ECN) 2, De Grasse (ECN) 2, Ernstmeyer (Re) 1, Fauerbach (Re) 1. BB—Ernstmeyer 5, Fauerbach 1.