GRAND CHUTE – Kevin Brandt’s go-ahead single in the sixth was part of a five-run inning that propelled second-ranked Janesville Craig to a 7-2 win over Baraboo on Tuesday in a WIAA Division 1 state baseball quarterfinal matchup at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
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The Cougars (27-1) collected three of their eight total hits in the decisive inning and will play Oconomowoc tonight in the second of two semifinal games.
Brandt finished with three hits and a pair of doubles to pace Janesville Craig.
Alex Marro struck out six and allowed just one earned run over 6 1/3 innings to pick up the win. Marro also helped his cause at the plate with a pair of RBI on a single in the sixth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
The Cougars will play Oconomowoc in the second of tonight’s two scheduled Division 1 semifinal games.
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BARABOO 000 100 1 – 2 6 2
WP: Alex Marro. LP: Tom Ginther. Leading hitters: Griffin Nicksic B 2×3; Kevin Brandt JC 3×4; Alex Marro JC 2 RBI.
Oconomowoc 1, Bay Port 0
Logan Wonn will be playing college baseball at Jacksonville University.
But for now, he’s still the star hurler for Oconomowoc.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander was sensational in a state quarterfinal showdown against third-ranked Bay Port, mixing pitches and location in leading the Raccoons to a 1-0 white-knuckle victory.
Wonn entered the game having given up only four earned runs over his first 90 innings. He exited with a 0.29 ERA while improving his season mark to 11-1 for the Raccoons (18-7).
Shutting out the Pirates (24-5) was no small feat. Bay Port boasted a .389 team batting average through the regular season and had scored 10 or more runs 14 times.
Wonn struck out three and scattered five hits while also working his way out of two tough spots. Bay Port left the bases loaded in the first and had a runner on second with nobody out in the fifth, only to watch Wonn escape unscathed with a pair of strikeouts to end the inning.
The Raccoons’ scored their lone run in the first on a one-out single to center by Zach Clayton.
Pirates starter Connor Hock impressed as well, striking out six and allowing eight hits over six strong outings.
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OCONOMOWOC 100 000 x – 1 8 1
WP: Logan Wonn. LP: Connor Hock. Leading hitters: Joe Baier, BP 2×3; Austin Meunier O 2×3; Nick Lambert O 2×2.
River Falls 10, Milwaukee Reagan 0 (5 innings)
A 12-hit outburst backed the pitching of James Witt as River Falls blanked Milwaukee Reagan 10-0 in a Division 1 quarterfinal.
The Wildcats (21-3) will face Kimberly (25-4) today at 6 p.m. in a state semifinal.
Brian Grove finished with four hits and drove in four runs in four at-bats, while Joe Halling added two hits and two RBI. Grove’s two-run single to left highlighted a four-run fifth that cemented the win.
Witt struck out five and allowed only two hits over four innings.
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WP: James Witt. LP: Alec Marsh. Leading hitters: Brian Grove RF 4×4, 4 RBI; Joe Krueger RF 2×4; Joe Halling RF 2×3, 2 RBI; Witt RF 2×3.
Kimberly 3, Kenosha Indian Trail 0
Brice Swick allowed just five hits over seven scoreless innings in pitching the Papermakers to the win in a Division 1 quarterfinal.
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