West Bend West (33-0) capped an undefeated season by winning the 2017 State Summer Baseball Championship with a 6-4 victory over Marquette (27-8) at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wis. Saturday morning.
Marquette was first to score with a run in the bottom of the first. Zach Nogalski led off the inning with a double to left center. He later scored on a infield error.
The Spartans took the lead with three runs in the fourth. Evan Albrecht belted a lead-off double and scored on a single by Anthony Schlass. The second run of the inning scored on a fielder’s choice and another scored on a double to left by Gavin Hinckley.
West Bend West added two more runs in the fifth inning. Three straight bases on balls, including two with the bases loaded, accounted for both runs.
Marquette scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to narrow its deficit to 5-4. One run scored on a bases-loaded hit batter. Two more scored on an error of an infield grounder. The Spartans responded with insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on an RBI double by Schlass.
Albrecht collected three hits and Schlass had two to lead the Spartans’ offense. Starting pitcher Gavin Hinkley was credited with the win on the mound, and Logan Rupnow earned a save in relief. The Hilltoppers were held to four hits, including two by Nogalski. Nogalski was charged with the loss in five innings of work.
Marquette finishes runner-up for the second straight season and for the fourth time in six championship game appearances. The Spartans win their fourth State title in 14 appearances in the State Tournament