Lodi advanced to the WIAA Division 2 championship game with a 6-1 semifinal victory over Waupun early Thursday morning at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Blue Devils (21-3) will meet Green Bay Notre Dame at 6 p.m. in the title game. Neither school has won a state baseball championship.
Winning pitcher Fred Manke went the distance, allowing just five hits while striking out 13 and walking three. His counterpart, Waupun’s Arik Tavs, finished with 10 strikeouts and the Warriors had 12 as a team. Tavs, however, was hurt by four wild pitches.
Matt Byars’ RBI single in the third scored the eventual winning run for Lodi. Byars finished two-for-three with two RBI.
Waupun loaded the bases in the third and fifth innings, but was unable to cash in either time.
The Warriors finished the year at 23-7.
Lodi 012 000 3 – 6 7 0
Waupun 000 100 0 – 1 5 1
WP: Fred Manke. LP: Arik Tavs. Leading hitters: Matt Byars L 2×3, 2 RBI; Kyle Clapper L 2×3.
Green Bay Notre Dame 4, Ellsworth 1
Dominic Golubiewski threw a complete-game five-hitter and Green Bay Notre Dame, the ninth-place finisher in the Fox River Classic Conference, advanced to its first WIAA Division 2 state championship game with a victory over Ellsworth on Wednesday in a state semifinal at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Tritons clung to a 1-0 lead until they erupted for three runs in the fifth. Nick Zacharias opened with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Alex Brault’s triple down the right-field line.
Brault came home on a wild pitch to make it 3-0. Riley Christensen followed with a double to right and scored on Charlie Rotherham’s single to right.
Golubiewski finished with five strikeouts and two walks.
Ellsworth, making its second straight state appearance and second overall, finished its season at 16-4.
WP: Dominic Golubiewski. LP: Jame Georgakas. Leading hitters: Jame Georgakas E 2×3; Logan Armstrong E 2×3, 2B; Riley Christensen ND 2×2, 2B; Nick Zacharias ND 2×3; Alex Brault ND 3B.
Westby 2, Deerfield 1
Tyler Ihrcke struck out five and scattered eight hits over seven strong innings in pitching Westby past Deerfield.
The Norsemen (21-4) will play Oconto (15-4) Thursday at noon in the Division 3 championship.
Westby rallied from a 1-0 deficit with solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Nick Schroeder had an RBI single to center in the fourth, while Nick Neely added a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Deerfield (18-5) stranded eight runners and Cole Erickson was saddled with the loss despite allowing only one earned run and striking out five over six solid innings.
WP: Tyler Ihrcke. LP: Cole Erickson. Leading hitters: Nick Schroeder W 2×3; Ben Hildebrandt D 2×4; Erickson D 2×4; Zach Gross D 2×3.
Oconto 4, Osseo-Fairchild 3
A fly ball to right with the bases loaded was mishandled and dropped and Oconto rallied to beat Osseo-Fairchild 4-3 in eight innings.
Trent Mehlberg scored on the soft fly ball hit by Bryce Bostedt. Even if the ball had been caught, it would have been a tough play to nab Mehlberg, who was preparing to tag from third.
Freshman pitcher Grant Frazer scattered six hits and struck out two in a complete-game victory for Oconto.
Tyler Henke drove in two runs for Osseo-Fairchild, which was making its second tournament appearance and first since 2006.
WP: Grant Frazer. LP: Lucas Eide. Leading hitters: Tyler Henke O-F 2 RBI; Trent Mehlberg O 2×4, 2 RBI; Brandon Bahde O 2×2.
Lake Country Lutheran 12, Potosi 0
B.J. Sabol struck out 13 in a masterful complete-game performance as Lake Country Lutheran blanked Potosi in a six-inning game.
Sabol, a junior left-hander, allowed only two hits and set down 15 straight until yielding a one-out walk in the sixth. He struck out the side twice.
His 13 strikeouts are tied for the third most in a Division 4 state tournament game. Green Lake’s Aaron Dott whiffed a record 15 batters in a 2006 matchup against Abbotsford.
Lake Country (24-4) will face Greenwood today at 9 a.m. in the Division 4 state final.
WP: B.J. Sabol. LP: Logan Udelhofen. Leading hitters: Jacob Budnik L 2×3; Ben Wilkins L 2×4, 2 RBI; Tim Bahr L 2×4, 2 RBI.
Greenwood 11, Wausaukee 1
Booker Bredlau’s bases-loaded triple headlined an eight-run second inning and propelled Greenwood (15-3) to the five-inning win.
Bredlau and Alexander Volovsek finished with two hits apiece.
The Indians sent 12 batters to the plate in the decisive second inning and took advantage of six walks, five of which scored. They collected just six hits overall as three Wausaukee pitchers combined to issue nine walks.
Wausaukee (15-7) was making only its second tournament appearance and first since 1999.
WP: James Hlavac. LP: Beau DeLaet. Leading hitters: Westin Wuethrich G 2 RBI; Kody Learman W 2 RBI; Booker Bredlau G 2×2, 3 RBI; Alexander Volovsek G 2×3, 2 RBI.