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Four Area Teams Advance To Regional Final

Crivitz Ends

Gillett/Suring's

Baseball Season


The Crivitz Wolverines faced off against the invading Gillett/Suring Hornets Thursday afternoon for WIAA regional baseball action, taking a 9-1 win over the Hornets to advance to the Regional semi-final against Oconto.

Wolverine mound ace Tommy Sawinski opened the game's action by striking out three consecutive hitters.

The Wolverines also went up and down over their first trip to the plate. Sawinski struck out two more during the second while the Wolverines failed to post a score over the bottom half of the inning.

Another two "K's" from Sawinski helped the Wolverines quickly exit the top of the third.

The silence was finally broken by the Wolverines hitters beginning in the bottom of the third inning. Aaron Tormey led off with a single and was followed by Jaden Werner on a single to center. Kershaw Stumbris walked to load the bases. With runners threatening and only one out Sawinski stepped up to the plate. After watching a ball and getting a couple strikes Sawinski hauled off on a Hornet pitch, bringing in Tormey and Werner as well as getting the single for the 2-0 lead.

Werner scored another run during the fourth off a Jakob Voss single to right while Brandon LaRue clubbed a two RBI double over the fifth for the 5-0 lead.

With the lead slowly building the Wolverines looked to put this one away, and they did just that during the sixth. Voss took a base to lead off after being struck by a pitch. Stumbris singled along with Sawinski. During Sawinski's at bat Voss went home on a balk. Vinnie Jopek double to plate Stumbris and Sawinski while LaRue capped off the scoring for the Wolverines with a RBI single.

The Hornets managed to squeak a single run across over the seventh as Elija Frammes reached on a a single and skirted home off an error.

Gillett/Suring's Ethan Hischke was saddled with the loss striking out three while allowing nine hits, four runs (three earned) and three walks.

Sawinski earned the mound win for the Wolverines giving up five hits, one run and one walk while setting down 12 off strikeouts.

At the plate LaRue was two of three with three RBIs. Sawinski was two of three with two RBIs while Jopek was two of three with two runs and two RBIs.

G/S's Frammes finished the day two for tow with one run while Ethan and Lane Hischke were both one of three.



Delfosse K-O's

Patriots in Ranger

Regional Victory


The Wausaukee Rangers wasted not time in ensuring a 10-0 five inning win over the visiting Goodman-Pembine Patriots in WIAA Regional baseball action.

This one was pretty much over before it began as the Ranger hitters keyed in on Patriot pitcher Kaleb Riley. With bats rising like bells and errors piling up the Patriots found themselves in a deep hole from which the Rangers would allow no exit.

Making sure their was no exit from that deep hole was Matthew Delfosse. His pitching kept the Patriots from ever finding a foothold. he allowed only one hit all game long while striking out 14 over five innings. he also walked just one.

"The way we were set up here is that we got to pitch our number one and we don't play until Tuesday. It was nice to have that," said Moser. "Delfosse didn't need to throw many off speed pitches tonight. He had plenty of first pitch strikes, which is always nice, keeps the batter guessing from the start. But a phenomenal performance from Delfosse though. He's been doing it all season."

Cody Renikow got things rolling in the first for Wausaukee with a a double. The error problems began early for the Patriots as Kyle Struve reached off of one while Delfosse walked. Aiden Shaw also took advantage of an error for a base. The hits started pouring in after that as Dustin Westphal hit an RBI single followed by Wes Schaal on another RBI single. Renikow returned to the plate for a RBI double.

"We had a nice first inning that got us off to a really nice start," said Moser. "We knew their record but that doesn't matter, we knew if we lost we'd be done. Tonight we got to see a few situations that we don't normally see every game. Some nice things we could work out on the field. We have been working on these things all year but it was nice to see them in play."

The second saw Wausaukee pile on a couple more as Shaw singled followed by Schaal on a dropped third strike. Hayden Renikow capped off the inning with a two run single.

At the plate for the Rangers Cody Renikow was two of three with two RBIs while Hayden Renikow was one of two with two RBIs.



Cougars Slash Rebels

for Post-Season Win


The Coleman Cougar baseball team advanced to the WIAA Regional finals with a 11-1 handling of the Laona/Wabeno Rebels.

Coleman took a one run lead exiting the first and were met by the Rebels in the second with one run.

The third saw the Cougars post two runs for the 3-1 lead. Six more over the fifth and two over the two sixth for the 11-1 verdict.

On the mound Austin Marquardt stuck out five for the Cougars. He also threw 21 first pitch strikes.



Marines Sink

Bulldogs Playoff Hopes


Pedersen Ball Park in Marinette featured a Division 2 playoff matchup between the visiting Peshtigo Bulldogs and the hosting Marinette Marines. A three-run fifth inning for the Marines was the difference in the ball game as they went on to take the win 5-2, advancing to play Seymour for the regional championship.

A clean first inning by both teams was followed up with both teams notching a run in the second. First, Peshtigo's Cam Noffke drew a one-out walk and stole second base. Noffke came around to score on a short hit from Ryley Demmith that drew an errant throw to first base. Marinette tied the game in their half of the second. Spencer Hipke drew a leadoff walk and Trey Bretl's sacrifice moved him to second. Hipke advanced on a groundout and with two outs, Matt Eldredge delivered a clutch base hit and RBI knotting the game at 1-1.

Marinette's game defining three-run inning came in the fifth. Tanner Cole led off with a hit and James Jagielski was hit by a pitch. Adam Wahl singled and Nick Daye connected on a bases loaded RBI sacrifice fly to give the Marines the lead. Jacob Perkins was intentionally walked to reload the bases. Hipke laced a single to left field that scored Jagielski and Wahl pushing the lead to 5-1.

In their last chance, Peshtigo added one run. Demmith reached on a two-out error and advanced to second on the play. Demmith reached third on a passed ball and scored on an error bringing the score to 5-2. That was all the Bulldogs could muster as they fell 5-2 being eliminated from the playoffs.

Marinette's Trey Bretl pitched a complete game giving up two unearned runs on three hits, a walk and seven strikeouts for the win. Nick Nielson took the loss for Peshtigo, allowing four earned runs on six hits, three walks and one strikeout.

Adam Wahl and Matt Eldredge were each 2-for-3 in the game for Marinette and Tanner Cole added a 2-for-4 showing. Cole Tackmier, Nick Nielson and Josh Biegler were each 1-for-3 for Peshtigo.



Wolverines Eliminate

Blue Devils from Playoffs


The Crivitz Wolverines, a three-seed, traveled to Oconto Tuesday evening to take on the second-seeded Blue Devils in Division 3 action. It was ace vs ace as Crivitz threw their number one, Tommy Sawinski, and Oconto went with Bennett Frazer.

Crivitz scored the first run of the game in the top of the third. Dawson Andrist led off with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice. Aaron Tormey delivered a single to score Andrist and give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Crivitz doubled their score in the fourth. Kershaw Stumbris and Sawinski were each hit by a pitch. Vinnie Jopek sacrificed himself to advance the runners and Stumbris was plated on a groundout by Brandon LaRue.

Oconto cut the lead in half in the fifth. Matt Zahm was walked to lead off the inning and advanced on a sacrifice. A double off the bat of Frazer scored Zahm to make the score 2-1, in favor of Crivitz.

The Wolverines added a run in each of the final two innings. Sawinski and LaRue each recorded a base hit and Andrist recorded an RBI single in the sixth. In the seventh, Tormay drew a leadoff walk and Stumbris connected on an RBI single to right field extending the lead to 4-1, which would be the final score of the game.

Sawinski earned the complete game victory for Crivitz as he scattered three hits and four walks that amounted to one earned run while fanning eight batters. Frazer took the loss for Oconto giving up three earned runs on four hits, two walks and two strikeouts.

Sawinski also led the Wolverines at the plate with a 2-for-3 game. Andrist and Tormay were each 1-for-2.



Niagara Shuts Out

Wausaukee in

Regional Semis


A pair of M&O teams matched up in the regional semi-finals of the Division 4 playoffs as the Niagara Badgers hosted the Wausaukee Rangers. The Badgers received a quality pitching performance from Ethan Blagec, paired with solid defense, and shut out the Rangers for a 3-0 win.

Dylan Lantagne started the Badgers in the bottom of the second inning. He singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice. An error with two outs allowed Lantagne to come around and score giving Niagara a 1-0 lead.

It wasn't until the sixth that another run would be added. The Badgers connected for three consecutive singles from Landon Kaldor, Blagec and Josh Weber. Weber's single scored both Kaldor and Blagec extending the lead to its eventual final, 3-0.

Blagec earned the complete game win for the Badgers, scattering five hits over the seven innings while striking out seven batters. Matthew Delfosse suffered the loss for Wausaukee. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, a walk and eight strikeouts.

Five Badger hitters each recorded a hit and Weber's resulted in two RBI. Aiden Shaw and Dustin Westphal led the Rangers, each recording a 2-for-3 game.



Bulldogs Clip Hawks

in 10-Inning Marathon


In Division 2 action from Thursday night, the third seed Peshtigo Bulldogs, played host to the Shawano Hawks, the six-seed. Even the normal Major League Baseball game of nine innings wasn't enough for these two teams to decide a winner.  It wasn't until the tenth inning of the ball game that the winning run was plated.

A pitchers' duel broke out between Peshtigo's Nick Nielson and Shawano's Dylan Sumnicht.  Both players held the opposing team quiet until the sixth inning.  In the sixth, Alex Hoffman got the Hawks the game's first run.  Hoffman singled and was sacrificed to second base.  After a flyout, Conner Klish delivered a two-out double to score Hoffman and Shawano went ahead 1-0.

Peshtigo wasted no time answering back.  Tyler Hess led off the bottom of the sixth with a single.  Cole Tackmier sacrificed himself to move Hess to second base, and Nielson helped his own cause by drilled an RBI single to plate Hess and tie the game at 1-1.

Several missed opportunities by both teams allowed the game to go into extra innings.  Scoreless innings in the seventh, eighth, and ninth brought the game to the tenth inning.  Shawano pushed a run across in the top of the tenth.  Kien Moonman drew a leadoff walk.  Hoffman laid down a bunt for a sacrifice and a flyout followed.  With two outs, Cole Nelson delivered the go-ahead RBI to score Moonman and Shawano went up 2-1.

Darren Dionne led Peshtigo off in the bottom of the tenth by sharply hitting a ball to third that coaxed an error.  Hess then placed a perfect bunt down the third base line for a single.  Tackmier was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs.  The freshman, Nielson, stepped in and drilled a two-RBI double that scored Dionne and Hess as the Bulldogs went on to win 3-2 in 10 innings.

"We didn't play our best game today but when it comes to playoff baseball we'll take a win any way we can get it. We never gave up and our coaching staff was really proud of the fight our guys showed today. To be down twice in a game like this and to come back says a lot about our never give up attitude," said Peshtigo Coach Neal Henrigillis.

Dionne earned the mound win for Peshtigo, pitching four and a third innings in relief.  In that time, Dionne allowed one unearned run on two hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Nielson led the team at the plate with a 3-for-5 day including the game-winning two-RBI double. Hess and Trevor Bloch each added two hits on the day as well.

"Our pitchers did a great job working through difficult situations today. Nick and Darren are two young guys for us, and the way they performed in today's high-tension moments was outstanding." Coach Henrigillis added, "Next week will be a tough matchup against a good Marinette team. Our guys are excited for the opportunity to play against a lot of their friends. On top of that we get to play at the best high school baseball venue in Wisconsin, Pederson Park, in a playoff game. What more can you ask for?"



Coleman Defeats

Marinette


The Coleman Cougars, playing their final game of the regular season defeated the Marinette Marines 6-0 in non-conference baseball action.

The scoring began early for the Cougars as Austin Marquardt led off the first inning with a single. He later scored for the 1-0 lead.

Marquardt continued his great day at the plate in the third when he led off the inning with a single. Marquardt went home off an error to increase the lead to 2-0 while Woulf increased the lead to 3-0 off an Osterberg sacrifice fly.

After an error during the fourth the Cougars increased their lead to 5-0 before Marquardt scored one final run off a Woulf hit.

Marquardt took the mound win allowing two hits while striking out five. Trey Bretl took the loss giving up six hit, six runs (four earned) and two walks while striking out one.

At the plate for the Cougars Marquardt was two of three with three runs while Jordan Blanchard was two of four with two RBIs.

Marinette's Spencer Hipke was one of two while Tyler Fayta was one for one.


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