The Freedom baseball team clinched a share of the Eastern Valley Conference title with a pair of wins over Berlin at Freedom on Friday, defeating the Indians 10-5 and 10-0.
“This is the first title for Freedom (baseball) since 1987,” Freedom coach Adam Fox said. “We’re really happy for our kids.”
In the first game, Mike Van Groll, who gave up four runs in the first three innings, settled in and allowed just one run over the final four innings and finished with 16 strikeouts.
Freedom scored the winning run in the fifth inning on a single by Justin Scoville, a run-scoring double by Van Groll and a run-scoring single by Scott Ebben that scored Jared Williams, a courtesy runner for Van Groll.
In the second game, Brandon Desotell capped a 10-run second inning with a two-run home run for Freedom.
Jacob Gonnering pitched a five-inning complete game for the Irish (15-4 overall, 12-4 EVC).
“We won a conference title in Legion ball so we knew we had something,” Fox said. “Everybody else picked us to finish fifth. We told our guys to believe it. We’re going to do this.
“When we got to four losses, we were two behind Fox Valley Lutheran. It’s been pretty special.”
WP: Mike Van Groll. LP: Ryan Viertel. Leading hitters: Ben Lamers F 2×5, 2 2B; Kody Theobald F 2×5; Justin Scoville F 2×3; Mike Van Groll F 2×2, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Scott Ebben 2×3, 2 RBI; Justice Keller B 2×4.
WP: Jacob Gonnering. LP: Carter Jodarski. Leading hitters: Brandon Desotell F 2×2, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Mike Van Groll F 2 RBI; Ben Lamers F 3B; Ryan Viertel B 2×3.
Waupaca 3, Ripon 2
At Waupaca, Johnny Popham retired the final 15 Ripon batters in a row as the Comets defeated the Tigers to move closer to a share of the Eastern Valley Conference title.
Popham walked three and struck out seven while scattering three hits.
Ripon scored runs in the first and second innings, before Waupaca answered in the bottom of the second on a two-run single by Bryce Neidert.
The Comets took the lead for good in the fourth. Nate Nelson singled and went all the way to third on a bunt. He then scored on a wild pitch.
The win moved Waupaca to 11-7 overall and 11-4 in the conference, while Ripon fell to 10-5 in the EVC.
WP: Johnny Popham. LP: Payton Bryden. Leading hitters: Nate Nelson W 2×3; Bryce Neidert W 2×3, 2 RBI.
Fox Valley Lutheran 2, Little Chute 0
At Little Chute, Jason Malkowski pitched a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out 11 to lead the Foxes (13-10, 9-5) to the win over the Mustangs.
Malkowski, who gave up a single in the fourth inning and a double in the fifth inning, drove in the game-winning run in the third inning. Aaron Hungerford hit a one-out double, went to third on Derek Ashman’s single and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Malkowski.
The Foxes added an insurance run in the fifth inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch.
WP: Jason Malkowski. LP: Austin Gloudemans. Leading hitters: Jason Malkowski FVL 2×4; Austin Gloudemans LC 2B.
Menasha 3, Fond du Lac 2
At Menasha, Jon Smolinski struck out eight over 61⁄3 innings and Sam Kuen got the final two outs to record the save in the Bluejays’ win over the Cardinals.
The Bluejays went up 1-0 in the fourth inning on a single by Nick Siegel, a sacrifice bunt and a run-scoring single by Kelvin Medrano.
After the Cardinals tied the game in their half of the fifth inning, the Bluejays bounced back with a pair of runs in their half of the inning. After a walk, Tyler Johnson and Chris Van Handel followed with hits to score the first run of the inning. Johnson then scored when the Cardinals first baseman held on to the ball without calling time after the play was over.
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WP: Jon Smolinski. LP: Dan Pichetti. Leading hitters: Devin Simon FDL 2×4; Chris Van Handel M 2×2.
Shiocton 6, Iola-Scandinavia 5
At Shiocton, the Chiefs built a big lead early and held off the Thunderbirds the rest of the way.
Gavin Braun picked up the win as the Chiefs moved to 11-7 overall and 7-5 in the CWC-8.
WP: Gavin Braun. LP: Hunter Gruenwald. Leading hitters: Wavruk IS 2B; Gruenwald IS 2B.
Hortonville 12, Oconto Falls 0
At Oconto Falls, the Polar Bears struck early and often as they cruised to an easy win over the Panthers.
John Van Liere allowed just one hit and Hortonville scored five runs in the first and five in the second to roll to the win.
Parker Thome led the Polar Bears, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
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WP: John Van Liere. LP: Bo Shroyer. Leading hitters: Jake Diedrich H 2×4, 2B, HR; Jake Summers H 2×3, 3B; Parker Thome H 3×4, 2B, 2 RBI; Conner Dougherty H 2×2, 2B, 2 RBI; Jake Jennerjohn H 2×3, 2 RBI; John Boushley H 2 RBI.
New London 6, Oconto Falls 5
At New London, Tyler Jagiello’s single scored Tylan Brown with the winning run on Thursday in the bottom of the 13th inning in a game that lasted more than four hours.
Aaron Yorkson, Lane Hanadel and Hunter Fermanich each had two hits for the Bulldogs.
Oconto Falls scored twice in the fifth to tie the game at 5-5 and it stayed that way until the 13th inning.
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WP: Aaron Yorkson. LP: Bo Shroyer. Leading hitters: Hunter Magnin OF 3×6; Riley Gruetzmacher OF 3×4, 2 RBI; Dylan Woosman OF 2×5, 2B; Conner Sefcik OF 2×7; Ryan Wolf NL 2B; Jake Pinch NL 2B; Aaron Yorkson NL 2×5, 2B; Lane Hanadel NL 2×5; Hunter Fermanich NL 2×4.
Chilton 7, Mishicot 1
At Mishicot, Riley Friedrichs pitched a complete game, surrendering two hits, one walk and an unearned run while striking out 10 in the Tigers’ win over the Indians on Thursday.
Chilton broke the game open with a six-run third inning.
WP: R. Friedrichs. LP: J.Stueck. Leading hitters: H.Vollmer C 2×3, 2B; B.Wollersheim C 2B, 2 RBI.
Chilton 10, Reedsville 2
At Reedsville, Chilton trailed 2-1 after one inning but responded to the deficit by scoring nine unanswered runs to earn the win.
St. Mary Central 12, Mishicot 1
At Mishicot, the Zephyrs scored four runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and four in the fifth to defeat the Indians.
Caleb Davidson pitched the first four innings, allowing two hits, two walks and one run with three strikeouts.
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WP: Caleb Davidson. LP: D.Honzik. Leading hitters: Griffin Jack SMC 2 RBI; Jordan Schmidt SMC 2×4, 2 RBI; Kalvin Kuepper SMC HR, 4 RBI; Michael Seveska SMC 2×3; Trevor Hogensen SMC 2B; A.Schnell M 2B.