NEW HOLSTEIN – Not even 90 degree temperatures could heat up the Campbellsport baseball team’s bats on Friday.
The fifth-seeded Cougars found little success offensively in a WIAA regional final game against No. 4 seed New Holstein and as a result, their 2015 season is over.
New Holstein’s Owen Olson pitched a four-hit shutout as the Huskies defeated Campbellsport 4-0 to win a regional title and advance to Monday’s sectionals, where they will face top-seeded Plymouth.
“When we hit the ball hard, we hit it right at the leftfielder,” Campbellsport coach Kyle Twohig said. “We had probably three hard-hit balls and he caught all of them. There’s not much you can do. The kid played a nice left field and the pitcher threw strikes. They played solid defense, we had a few mistakes and that cost us.”
Campbellsport (12-11) committed two errors on Friday, both directly leading to New Holstein runs.
After New Holstein (16-11) broke a scoreless tie in the third inning when Jacob Daun ripped an RBI single, the Cougars appeared like they would escape the frame without any further damage. However, with two outs, Campbellsport’s first baseman dropped a routine throw from second, allowing another run to score.
Then, in the fifth, another New Holstein run scored after a poor throw from shortstop got past the first baseman — which would have been the third out — and Nick Andrew followed with an RBI single.
All told, Cougars pitcher Jordan Dreikosen allowed only one earned run on seven hits. Unfortunately for Dreikosen he was still saddled with the loss, but it was a solid pitching performance in the final prep game for the Campbellsport senior.
“Jordan’s always been a positive for us,” Twohig said. “He throws hard, gets us a lot of outs by strikeout. It’s unfortunate, a couple clutch hits here and there by them did us in.”
Meanwhile, Olson gave up just the four hits and never allowed Campbellsport to make a serious push at a comeback. The Cougars got runners on first and second in the sixth, but Levi Feucht grounded out to end the threat.
And that was about it for the Cougars.
New Holstein coach Scot Neu credited some of his team’s pitching success on Friday to the simple fact that Campbellsport hadn’t faced Olson yet this year.
“I knew we were going to have a number of guys that were capable (of pitching),” Neu said. “Out of 107 innings we’ve pitched, five guys have covered all but 12 outs. When we play a team like Campbellsport three times, who’s in our league, they hadn’t seen (Olson) at all. They saw four different guys throughout the season.”
Although Friday’s loss was a disappointing end to the season for Campbellsport, Twohig was happy with how his squad improved as the year went on and is confident about the future of the program.
“I’m happy with the way the kids grew,” he said. “We played good baseball at times. We’ve got a lot of young guys playing, so hopefully next year we’ll be better.”
Campbellsport…000 000 0 — 0 4 2
New Holstein…002 020 x — 4 7 0
WP: Olson (3 k, 2 bb).
LP: Dreikosen (7 k, 2 bb).
Leading hitters: Campbellsport — Lindsley 2×3. New Holstein — Beirne 2×3, Halbach 1×3 (2b), Winkel 2×2 (r).
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