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Peshtigo 12-Year Olds Bring Home Four Titles During Tournament Run
The Peshtigo 12-U all-star baseball team completed a very successful season, winning 4 of 7 tournaments and finishing with a 26-4 record.
Tourney play started in Wausaukee with a second place finish in June, losing to Iron Mountain in the championship game 2 to 1.
Heading to Stevens Point, Peshtigo won the team title beating Plover 14-1 in the championship game. The bats were hot as Tanner Marquardt hit his first home run of year, Nick Nielson finished with 5 home runs, three coming in one game and Cameron Noffke also cleared the fences for a home run.
At the annual Wallace Tournament, Peshtigo defeated Wausaukee, Mid-County, and Gladstone twice. The first win over Gladstone came in pool play 2-0 in 9 innings and the second a 7-1 title win. The hot hitting continued as Peshtigo rolled into the Oconto Tournament, topped Pulaski 11-1 then defeated Beaver-Pound to win the pool. In the semifinals, Nielson and Noffke both pitched shutout baseball for a 1-0 victory over Lux-Casco 1 to 0. Nielson's solo home run was the difference. Taking on Bonduel in the championship game, Peshtigo cruised to a 10-1 win.
In the Peshtigo Summer Slam, the young Bulldogs topped Stephenson, Oshkosh, Menominee, Shawano, and Bonduel (again) in the championship game for their fourth tournament championship in a row. Traveling to Shawano tournament, the team was riding an 18 game winning streak, and mustered 3 more victories before falling in the semifinals to host Shawano then dropping the third place game 11-10 to Escanaba.
Having lost a little steam from the back to back losses it was a tough week for the boys but they stepped up for one final tournament this past weekend in Antigo. Peshtigo topped Antigo 2-0, Pike Lake 3-2 and made it to the semifinals to nip Hortonville 1-0. In the title game, Peshtigo suffered a 2-1 loss to Antigo with Nielson providing the only run on a solo shot.
Head coach Jon Noffke commented... "our coaching staff thanks all the parents for their support, having kids at practice and games, and making the commitment to improving youth baseball. Also a big thanks to those parents who also helped at practice's and games. Thank you to some of our younger players for filling in when injuries depleted our bench. Great bunch of kids and parents and hope everyone is back out on the field next year.