THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Little League Peshtigo 12's Claim Tournament Title; 10's Finish Second
The 2nd annual Peshtigo Youth Baseball (PYB) "Summer Slam" tournament proved to be very successful for a pair of host teams. The 3-day diamond classic was held July 11-13, involving 21 teams from across Wisconsin and saw the Peshtigo 12-U squad claim first place while the 10-U were second.
Money raised at the tournament will be used to help fund annual PYB events and future improvements at the East Side ballpark. New this year was the Ford Test Drive event where PYB receives money from Ford for every test drive up to $6,000. Ford Motor Company was on hand with sales representatives and brand new vehicles available for test drives. The proceeds will go directly to future improvements including adding another field, batting cages, and lights.
In the 4 team round robin 10-U bracket, Peshtigo and Altoona met for the championship early Sunday morning with Altoona prevailing 9-7. Other teams competing in the 10-U bracket included Gary's IGA in Wallace and Wausaukee.
A total of 9 teams competed in the 11-U bracket as Kaukauna edged the Appleton Lions 6-5 in 9 innings. In the semifinals, Kaukauna rallied to defeat Wausaukee while the Lions topped Oconto. On Saturday, the Peshtigo 11-U team lost to eventual champion Kaukauna 5-3 in pool play and then the Appleton Lions by the same score. In the consolation bracket Sunday, Peshtigo was shutout by Marinette 4-0. Bay Port earned consolation honors (5th place) by defeating Pulaski 10-1 and Oshkosh 14-12. Marinette 11's lost on Saturday to Oshkosh in pool play 16-5 and Wausaukee 5-3 before shutting out Peshtigo.
Top honors in the 12-U portion of the tournament went to Peshtigo following a 7-0 victory over Bonduel in the championship game. In pool play, the Bulldogs defeated Stephenson 9-1, Oshkosh 5-1, and Menominee 11-1 before blanking Shawano 10-zip in the semifinals.
Peshtigo's Mitchell Flett was awarded the Shooby's Trophies, Awards, Apparel and Engraving's offensive player of the tournament and Peshtigo's Damon Jones received the defensive player. Cameron Noffke and Nick Nielson provided excellent pitching over the final two games shutting out both teams. Other teams competing in the 8 team field were Ashwaubenon and Kaukauna.
Menominee 12's did not make it out of pool play on Saturday but were victorious over Stephenson 6-4. A win Saturday over Oshkosh was needed to advance but fell short 8- 0.