Ithaca (23-2) won its first State championship with a 10-4 win over Rib Lake (20-5) in the DIvision 4 final at Neuroscience Group Field in Grand Chute Thursday morning.
Ithaca was in position for a big inning in the top of the first, but the Redmen escaped by allowing just one unearned run after the Bulldogs loaded the bases with nobody out. A ground out by Ross Ghastin scored Joey Clary, who reached based on an infield error to start the game.
The Redman scored four runs in the second inning; three were unearned. Noah Weinke led off the inning with a base hit. He later scored from third with the bases loaded on an errant throw to home plate on attempted force play. Jesus Ontiveros singled in a run on a ball headed through the middle deflected off the pitcher to drive in Zane Mecheski. Rib Lake scored two more times in the inning, one on a fielder’s choice and the other on an error.
Eight straight batters reached base to start the five-run Ithaca fourth inning to give the Bulldogs a 6-4 lead. Caden Moser, Ryan Granger and Nolan Clary each had RBI singles in the inning, and Joey Clary added an RBI double to fuel the rally.
Ithaca added three runs in the sixth inning on a run-scoring single by Jacob Huebsch, a bases-loaded balk and another on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs scored an insurance run in the seventh on another wild pitch.
Joey Clary went 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored to lead the Bulldogs’ offense. Huebsch added two hits and an RBI. Aaron Huebsch pitched a complete game to earn the victory. He allowed one earned run and struck out eight.
Weinke had a pair of hits to lead the Rib Lake six-hit attack. Jerod Arkola started on the mound for the the Redman and was charged with the loss in three innings of work.
Rib Lake finishes runner-up for the second time in two title game appearances. The Redmen also finished second in Class C in 1981.