Pardeville beats the rain, other scores
The Bulldogs, who took out Orfordville Parkview’s Rock Valley South champions in last week’s sectional semifinals, used big seventh inning for the second straight game to reach the Division 3 state finals with a 6-5 win over Grantsburg.
Pardeeville’s victory was the last action before rain caused major delay on the second of three days in the tournament at Fox Cities Stadium. Winnebago Lutheran finally got a 7-6, eight-inning win over Coleman in the other Division 3 semifinal game, but the Division 2 semifinals were postponed until 8 a.m. today, creating a six-game schedule for the final day.
Nate Schmidt’s RBI single with two outs produced the winning run for Pardeeville (23-4) in the bottom of the seventh, capping a three-run rally that enabled the Bulldogs to overcome a 5-3 deficit against Grantsburg (21-4).
PARDEEVILLE 6, GRANTSBURG 5
Grantsburg 000 302 0—5 6 5
Pardeeville 101 100 3—6 7 2
Nelson, Glover (6) and Thoreen; Schmidt, Curtis (7) and Stewart.
Leading hitters—Thompson (G) 2x4, Kirchwenwitz (Pa) 2x4. 2B—Thompson (G). 3B—Kirchenwitz (Pa), Weihert (Pa).
SO—Nelson (G) 1, Glover (G) 1, Schmidt (Pa) 3, Curtis (Ga) 1. BB—Nelson 2, Glover 2, Schmidt 7.
-- Winnebago 7, Coleman 6—Winnebago Lutheran (21-5) scored on a walk-off error in the bottom of the eighth inning to nip Coleman (21-2) and gain a spot in the Division 3 finals.
Derek Marquardt’s two-run triple had given Coleman a 6-4 lead in the top of seventh of a game that had 18 walks.
WINNEBAGO 7, COLEMAN 6 (8)
Coleman 010 000 50—6 7 4
Winnebago Lutheran 100 210 21—7 8 1
Mason Mergener and Engels; Otterstatter, Zahn (7) and Gaetner.
Leading hitters—Engels (Co) 2x5, Otterstatter (WL) 42x4, Bump (WL) 2x3. 2B—Michael Mergener (Co), Seewald (Co) 3, Zahn (WL). 3B—Marquardt (Co).
SO— Mason Mergener (co) 2, Ottterstatter (WL) 6. BB—Mergener ()Co) 7, Otterstatter 9, Zahn (WL) 2.
-- Central 7, Rosholt 2—Rex Morrow faced just one batter over the minimum through six innings and finished with a semifinal five-hitter against Rosholt (24-2) in leading Burlington Catholic Central to the threshold of another Division 4 state championship.
The Hilltoppers (17-6), who face Chippewa Falls McDonell today in a rematch of last year’s final game, are going for a repeat championship and their fifth WIAA title since 2004.
Morrow had 13 strikeouts and no walks. He also had two hits and an RBI.
BURLINGTON CENTRAL 7, ROSHOLT 2
Burlington Central 300 301 0—7 6 1
Rosholt 000 000 2—2 5 4
Morrow and Uhen; Bembenek, Yenter (5) and Hahn.
Leading hitters—Morrow (BC) 2x4, Zdroik (Ro) 2x2. 2B—Bembenek (Ro).
SO—Morrow (BC) 13, Bembenek (Ro) 1, Yenter (Ro) 1. BB—Bembenek 4, Yenter 2.
-- McDonell 3, Barneveld 2—Chippewa Falls McDonell (18-7) slipped past previously unbeaten Barneveld (23-1) for a chance to avenge last year’s Division 4 state championship loss to Burlington Catholic Central.
The Macks built a 3-0 lead in a two-run fourth inning, then held off Barneveld in the bottom of the seventh. The Eagles scored once in their final at-bat and had runners on second and third when the game ended.
McDONELL 3, BARNEVELD 2
Chippewa Falls McDonell 001 200 0—3 6 3
Barneveld 000 010 1—2 5 2
Cody and Baier; Kitelinger and Carmody.
Leading hitters—Erickson (CFM) 2x3, Carmody (B) 2x4, Hodgson (B) 2x3.
SO—Cody (CFM) 9, Kitelinger (B) 3. BB—Cody 2, Kitelinger 1.