GRAND CHUTE – The Janesville Craig baseball team is back in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game for the first time since 2001.
The Cougars blanked Oconomowoc 4-0 in a state semifinal Tuesday night at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium on the back of a stellar pitching performance from Chase Nyborg.
Nyborg, a junior left-hander, scattered five hits and struck out seven.
JT Smithback had a two-run single up the middle in the fifth inning to break things open for the Cougars. Evan Spry also had an RBI single in the inning.
Janesville Craig (28-1) will play Kimberly (26-4) for the Division 1 state title Thursday at 6 p.m.
Zach Clayton took the loss for Oconomowoc (21-8), giving up just three hits and three earned runs.
Janesville Craig 7, Baraboo 2
Kevin Brandt’s go-ahead single in the sixth was part of a five-run inning that propelled second-ranked Janesville Craig to the win.
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 61/3 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.
Oconomowoc 1, Bay Port 0
Pitcher Logan Wonn was sensational, mixing pitches and location in leading the Raccoons to a 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 Oconomowoc (18-7).
The Raccoons scored their lone run in the first on a one-out single to center by Zach Clayton.
River Falls 10, Milwaukee Reagan 0 (5)
A 12-hit outburst backed the pitching of James Witt as River Falls blanked Milwaukee Reagan.
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 sealed the win.