Lancers can’t stop Bay Port repeat
GRAND CHUTE Madison La Follette’s bid to become the ultimate Cinderella team in Wisconsin high school baseball fell one win short.
After spoiling Fort Atkinson’s dream in the WIAA state quarterfinals and whipping upstart Waterford in the semifinals, the Lancers couldn’t keep up with Bay Port in the title game here Thursday at Fox Cities Stadium. Instead, the Pirates became the first Division 1 repeat champions since Sun Prairie in 2006 by outscoring La Follette, 10-5.
Bay Port built a 10-1 lead en route to 25-7 season record. La Follette, which went 10-7 in the Big Eight Conference, finished 19-10.
The Pirates jumped on La Follette for three runs in the top of the first inning and stretched their lead to 8-1 with Ben Messenger’s grand-slam home run in the third.
La Follette got five of its nine hits in a four-run seventh inning. Griffin Lefeber’s two-run single brought the Lancers within 10-5, but their hopes ended with an infield ground out by the next batter.
BAY PORT 10, LA FOLLETTE 5
Bay Port 305 100 1—10 8 2
La Follette 100 000 4—5 9 4
Zahn and Sommer; Ricci, Mohr (3), Furniss (3), Lefeber (6) and Seelow.
Leading hitters—Calawerts (BP) 2x4, Putala (BP) 2x4, Dybevik (ML) 2x4, Flood (ML) 2x4, Lefeber (ML) 2x3. 2B—Calawerts (BP), Utrie (BP), Flood (ML). HR—B. Messenger (BP).
SO—Zahn (BP) 4, Ricci (ML) 2, Furniss (ML) 2. BB—Zahn 3, Ricci 3, Mohr (ML) 1, Furniss 4.
After knocking out defending champion Madison Edgewood with a two-run rally in the last inning of the semifinals, Milwaukee University School’s baseball team finished the job Thursday.
The Wildcats (24-7) jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and went on to an 8-3 victory over Altoona in the WIAA Division 2 state championship game.
Altoona (25-5) was coming off an 8-7 win over West De Pere in an eight-inning semifinal game that ended at 12:45 a.m.
Six players drove in runs to lead University School’s title victory in its first state tournament appearance. Altoona, also making its first appearance at state, got within 4-3 on Joe Johnson’s three-run homer in the third inning, but the Railroaders’ hopes were held back by 11 runners left on base.
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL 8, ALTOONA 3
Altoona 003 000 0—3 9 3
University School 311 012 x—8 11 0
Stanton, Wilcox (2), Schinella (7) and Johnson; Pennington, Stanford (3), Baker (4), Tesensky (5) and James.
Leading hitters—Manney (A) 2x3, Johnson (A) 2x3, Gunderson (A) 2x4, Stanford (US) 2x3, Baker (US) 2x3, Burke (US) 2x3. 2B—Gunderson (A), Stanford (US), Burke (US). HR—Johnson (A).
SO—Stanton (A) 1, Wilcox (A) 2, Stanford (US) 1, Baker (US) 2, Tesensky (US) 2. BB—Stanton 2, Stanford 2, Tesensky 1.
Marathon High School’s baseball team showed La Crosse Aquinas things haven’t changed since the last time they got together at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Red Raiders ripped Aquinas, 15-7, here Thursday for their second WIAA Division 3 state title win over the Blugolds in three years.
With its third straight appearance in the championship game, Marathon also made up for last year’s 4-2 loss to Kenosha St. Joseph and completed a 27-3 season.
The Red Raiders made this one look easier than their 3-2 win over Aquinas in 2008. Winning pitcher Nick Blume helped see to that in setting a Division 3 state tournament record by collecting five hits, including a double and single in a six-run first inning.
Koleman Schilling also hit a two-run homer for Marathon in the first.
Aquinas (23-7) got 10 hits off Blume and forced a 6-6 tie in a five-run third, but Will Reiche’s two-run single in the fourth put Marathon ahead for good.
MARATHON 15, LA CROSSE AQUINAS 7
Marathon 600 230 4—15 15 4
Aquinas 105 001 0—7 10 2
Blume and Schilling; Fuchs, Vegel (4), Marx (4) and Barnes.
Leading hitters—Blume (M) 5x6, Schilling (M) 2x4, Seliger (M) 2x3, B. Krautkramer (M) 2x4, Coady (LA) 2x4, Jerue (LA) 2x3. 2B—Blume (M), B. Krautkramer 2x4. 3B—Coady (LA). HR—Schilling (M).
SO—Blume (M) 4, Fuchs (LA) 1. BB—Fuchs (LA) 4, Vegel (LA) 2, Marx (LA) 3.
Catholic Central High School of Burlington is the WIAA Division 4 state baseball champion for the second time in three years.
The Hilltoppers (21-10) hit Chippewa Falls McDonell (2-54) with a pair of five-run innings in their last two at-bats to notch a 14-4 victory in a five-inning title game Thursday at Fox Cities Stadium.
Third baseman Mackenzie Shepherd completed a 4-for-4 day with an RBI single in the fifth that ended the game. He also had a three-run triple in the fourth, helping his school capture its fourth WIAA title overall.
BURLINGTON CENTRAL 14, CHIPPEWA FALLS McDONELL 4
McDonell 001 03—4 9 7
Burlington Central 121 55—14 13 2
Cody, Cooper (4), McIlquham (5) and McIlquham , Hiess (5); Floyd and Uhen.
Leading hitters—McIlquham (CFM) 2x2, Cooper (CFM) 2x3, Junk (BC) 2x3, Uhen (BC) 2x3, Shepherd (BC) 4x4. 2B—Davis (CFM). 3B—Alderman (BC), Shepherd (BC).
SO—Cody (CFM) 2, Cooper (CFM) 1, McIlquham (CFM) 1, Floyd (BC) 6. BB—Cody 2, Cooper 2, McIlquham 1, Floyd 2.