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Ithaca Wins Division 4 Spring Baseball Title

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.

Milwaukee Lutheran, Waupaca Div. 2 Spring Baseball Finalists

Waupaca 6, West Salem 3

Waupaca (24-4) will play in the State Tournament title game for the first time following a 6-3 victory over West Salem (16-11) at Neuroscience Group Field Wednesday.

The Comets scored a run in the second inning to take the lead on a bases-loaded walk to 
Jacob Popham. 

The Panthers grabbed the lead in the top of the next inning with the aid of two Comets’ fielding miscues.  With runners on the corners and one out, a presumptive double play grounder near the bag at second was bobbled for an error to score Jake Whitbeck, who singled to lead off the inning. The next batter grounded back to the pitcher with what appeared to be another made-to-order double-play, but that resulted in an errant throw to second to score Braxton Ghelfi from third. 

Waupaca re-established the lead in the third inning with three runs. With the bases loaded with no outs, the Panthers appeared poised to get out of the jam without surrendering a run when they turned a double play with the base runners unable to advance because of runner interference. Following a walk to fill the bases again, Nate Meihak ripped a double to right center field to clear the bases.

The Comets took a 6-2 lead with two runs in the fifth inning. Walker Smith singled to drive in a run with a second run scoring on the play when the ball was mishandled in the outfield. 

The Panthers loaded the bases in the seventh inning and narrowed the deficit to 6-3 with a run-scoring single by Trevor Kastenschmidt, but were unable to complete the comeback.

Jason Ellie pitched his way to a complete game victory. He yielded two earned runs on nine hits while striking out 11. Brenden Canterberry led the the Comets in the hit column with two. 

Ghelfi, Kastenschmidt and Whitbeck led the Panthers at the plate with a pair of hits each. Alex Jeranek started on the mound for West Salem and was charged with the loss.

Milwaukee Lutheran 4, Lodi 1

Defending champion Milwaukee Lutheran (24-7) advanced to the title game in Division 2 with a 4-1 decision over Lodi (26-3) Wednesday evening at Neuroscience Group Field in Grand Chute.

The Red Knights scored three runs to begin the game. The first four batters reached base, including an RBI triple to centerfield by Nick Winter and a run-scoring single by TD Walker. Ben Soderbeck knocked in Walker later in the inning with a ground out.

Back-to-back doubles by Garrett McGraw and Garret Wegner produced a run for the Blue Devils in the bottom half of the first inning to trim the Blue Devils’ deficit

Prairie du Chien, St. Mary Catholic Move into Div. 3 Final

St. Mary Catholic 6, Unity 5

St. Mary Catholic (25-0) ran its way to the title game, defeating Unity (22-5), 6-5, in the Division 3 semifinals at Neuroscience Group Field Wednesday afternoon.

The Zephyrs stole seven bases, which ranks second-most in a game in Division 3 State Tournament history. Both Tyler Nelson and Christian Jack tied the Division 3 individual mark for stolen bases in a State Tournament game with three apiece. 

The Zephyrs manufactured a run in the first inning to take the lead. Tyler Nelson led off the inning with a single. He stole second and went to third on a passed ball. With one out, Unity’s Nate Heimstead unleashed a wild pitch that struck out the batter but allowed Nelson to score from third.

Unity scored two runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Cody Ince and on a wild pitch, allowing Wyatt Stenberg, who reached base on a fielder’s choice, to race home from third. They tacked on three more runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead. The big blow was delivered when Stenberg hit a bases-clearing double to left-center field. 

St. Mary Catholic got back to even with four runs in the bottom of the third, aided by four hits and four stolen bases. Nelson scored the first run after an errant throw. Caleb Davidson followed with a two-out, two-run single to center, and Mack Blashka knocked in the fourth run of the inning with a single.

The Zyphyrs regained the lead for good in the fourth inning with a single tally. Nelson reached base, stole second and scored an unearned run on a single by Jack.

Nelson had two hits and three runs scored in the game to ignite the Zyphyrs’ offense. Jack added two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Davidson tossed a complete game to post the victory. He yielded two earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. 

Brett Nelson had two hits and scored twice for the Eagles. Heimstead collected a pair of hits at the plate and was charged with the loss on the mound. He pitched four innings and gave up four earned runs while striking out three.

Prairie du Chien 2, Markesan 0

Prairie du Chien (25-1) blanked Markesan (24-1), 2-0, in the Division 3 semifinals Wednesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field to advance to the final Thursday.

Chas Sagedahl turned in a dominating performance on the hill for the Blackhawks. He scattered four hits and struck out 11 batters during the shutout.

Prairie du Chien drew first blood in the second inning after Jack Wasechek belted a triple down the right field line. Jonathan Dyer delivered a two-out single to score Wasecheck and give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

They added a run in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI single by Chad Mara to score Wasechek, who singled earlier in the inning. 

Ithaca, Rib Lake Advance to Div. 4 State Spring Baseball Final

Rib Lake 6, Pepin/Alma 2

Rib Lake (20-4) defeated Pepin/Alma (18-8) 6-2 in the Division 4 semifinals Wednesday at Neuroscience Group Field to advance to the final.
The Redmen took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI triple by Noah Weinke. They added an unearned run in the third inning. Austin Ewan reached base on an infield error to start the inning. He advanced to second on a wild pitch and later scored on a Dalton Strebig single to up the Rib Lake lead to 2-0.

Weinke drove in another run on a single for the first score of a four-run fifth inning. The Redmen scored two runs on an RBI single by Zane Mencheski and an Eagles’ error on a throw to the plate. The final run of the inning crossed the plate on a Joe Scheithauer ground out.

The Eagles attempted a comeback with two runs in the sixth inning. Trevor Helt walked to start the inning and went to second on a Redmen error on a sacrifice attempt. Lance Johnson singled Helt home for the first run. Jarrett Pearson drove in the other run in the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Weinke pitched a complete game, giving up seven hits and two unearned runs while striking out six. He also helped his cause at the plate with a pair of hits and two RBIs. Strebig also chipped in with two hits, two runs and an RBI.

The Eagles collected seven hits in the game, including two from Logan Carroll, Lance Johnson and Tyler Meixner. Ben Mueller started on the mound for the Eagles and suffered the loss by giving up a run in two innings.

Ithaca 6, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran 2

Last year’s runner-up Ithaca (22-3) advances to the Division 4 title game following a 6-2 win over Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran (13-8) in the semifinals Wednesday morning at Neuroscience Group Field in Grand Chute.

The Blazers took little time to grab the lead. Tanner Natzke reached base with a lead-off single in the top of the first inning. He scored two batters later on a triple to center field by Jed McClellan.

The Bulldogs grabbed a 2-1 advantage in the second inning. A walk and a pair of errors led to the first run followed by an RBI single from Joey Clary. 

Ithaca added three runs in the third inning to build the lead to 5-1. After Caleb Olson walked to lead-off the inning, Ross Ghastin doubled to score the first run of the inning. After Cody Klossowski singled to put runners on the corners, the Bulldogs executed a double steal with Ghastin scoring on the play. Klossowski then came home on a fielding error.

A bases-loaded walk to Ryan Granger added another run for the Bulldogs in the fifth inning. The Blazers plated an unearned

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