TR wins playoff opener for 2nd straight season

TR wins playoff opener for 2nd straight season


TR wins playoff opener for 2nd straight season


For the second consecutive season the No. 11 seeded Two Rivers baseball team have won their WIAA Summer baseball tournament regional semifinal after defeating host No. 6 Sheboygan Lutheran-Kohler 6-5 on Tuesday.

The Raiders (5-14) had lost eight of their last 10 games entering the playoffs, but led 4-2 entering the bottom of the fourth inning before the Crusaders (11-5) knotted the game at 4-4.

Brennan Willert (2-for-3) responded in the top of the fifth by smashing a two-RBI double to give Two Rivers the lead for good.

Willfert finished with a team-high three runs driven in while teammates Cory Johnson (3-for-4), Cameron Greene (2-for-4) and Mitch Taylor (2-for-3) each had at least two hits.

Brett Kasper (1-for-3) had the Raiders other RBI and scored a run. Also scoring for Two Rivers were Brett Linzmeir, Peter Gesch Johnson and Taylor twice.

On the mound, Linzmeier started and earned the win, striking out five and walking two while allowing five runs — three earned — on 11 hits in five innings of work for the no decision. Kasper pitched the final two innings to pick up the save holding Sheboygan without a hit.

Calvin Stefanczyk took the loss for the Crusadars, pitching all seven innings and allowing 10 hits and all six Raiders’ runs. He also drove in a pair going 1-for-4 at the plate.

Two Rivers will take on the winner of No. 3 Cedar Grove-Belgium (13-5)-No. 14 Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah (0-22), whose game was postponed to today due to inclement weather, on Friday.


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