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Rangers Roughed Up In State Semifinals

3 Hurlers Dish Out 9 Walks In 11-1 D-4 Loss

With a trio of hurlers having difficulty locating the plate, the Wausaukee Rangers saw their dream of a state title end in an 11-1, 5-inning semifinal setback at the hands of eventual champion Greenwood (16-3). Greenwood beat Lake Country Lutheran in the Division 4 finals Thursday 6-4.

Making their first trip to state since 1999, the Rangers (15-7) were did in by an 8-run second inning as Greenwood made the most of 6 walks and 3 hits to take control. Prior to the state semifinal clash, Wausaukee had outscored its playoff opponents 34-0. The state competition proved to be a little tougher for the Wausaukee.

“It started with our pitching as we just didn’t throw strikes. That will hurt you at any level you play,” first-year coach Paul Moser said. ”I don’t know if it was nerves, difference on the mound or the back drop. Pitching has been paramount to our success all year...strong point has been throwing strikes, not walking batters and relying on our defense.”

Wausaukee starter Beau DeLaet sailed through the first inning on a pair ground outs and a pop up. After whiffing Tyler Johnson to open the second frame, problems set in for the Rangers. Six walks and singles by Alex Volovsek and Johnson along with a bases loaded triple from Booker Bredlau put Greenwood on top 8-zip.

Greenwood tacked on two more runs in the third on two walks, single by Westin Wuethrich and an error for a 10-0 spread.

Looking to avoid the shutout, the Rangers pushed across their only run in the third when hard hitting Dillon Meyers doubled to leftfield, freshman Conner Kempinski singled and Eddy Self walked to load the bases. Trouble is only one run would score as DeLaet ripped a RBI single to left with no outs. It looked like a big inning until Aaron Schlies and Cole Lewandowski struck out while Brennan Gabriel popped up to second base.

“I really thought we had a good chance of getting four or five runs in that inning. Getting only one really hurt,” Moser added. “Throughout the season and in the playoffs, we got some clutch hitting. Unfortunately that didn’t happen today.”

Greenwood pushed across its final run in the fifth when Volovsek doubled and scored on a passed ball.

DeLaet started for Wausaukee allowing 7 runs on one hit and 6 walks over 1 2/3 innings. Lewandowski added 2 1/3 innings of relief before Aaron Schlies pitched the final frame.

“Going into the season we knew we could hit the ball and our pitching came through big time. We had a great year and lose 6 players for next season, two of which played significant roles in Cole and Dillon. All of the seniors will be missed...they were part of a very successful team,” Moser concluded.

Wausaukee seniors are Zach Struve, Mike Wojnicki, Cole Lewandowski, Tyler Parr, Dillon Meyers and Zayn Kowalski.


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