SWNEWS4U.COM GAME OF THE WEEK (July 25–July 31)
AMERICAN LEGION BASEBALL CLASS A STATE TOURNAMENT: Fennimore 9, Waupun 5 (8 innings)
OSSEO — The Fennimore Post 184 American Legion baseball team defeated eventual champion Waupun Post 210 9–5 in eight innings Monday at Wisconsin American Legion Class A State Tournament.
The roller coaster victory over previously unbeaten Waupun extended Fennimore’s season and is this week’s McDonald’s SWNews4U.com Game of the Week.
Fennimore went on to finish second at the state tournament after an 8–2 loss to Waupun in Tuesday night’s championship, but Post 184 earned a trip to next week’s American Legion Division 2 Great Plains Regional in North Dakota. But none of it would have been possible without Sunday’s extra-inning victory over the Warriors.
After a 17–5 loss to Osseo in Saturday’s second round, Fennimore defeated Medford 13–11 on Sunday to earn a matchup with unbeaten Waupun, which won its first three games at the state tournament by a combined scored of 23–0. A loss would have eliminated Fennimore.
The Post 184 bats got the advantage early as Fennimore jumped out to an early 4–0 lead before Waupun mounted a comeback to force extra innings.
Jake Adkins ripped a two-run double and Noah Hromadka followed with an RBI single to centerfield to give Fennimore a 3–0 lead in the top of the second inning. Post 184 extended the lead to 4–0 an inning later on Derek Turben’s RBI ground out that scored Trevor Neuroth.
Fennimore’s Larry Moore held Waupun in check through five innings, but Jak Lenz blasted a three-run homer to tie the game at 5–5 in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hromadka relieved Moore and held the Warriors scoreless the rest of the way to earn the win.
Fennimore put together a game-winning four-run rally in the eighth. Hromadka singled to left to lead off the frame and Trey Hunt bunted him over to second.
Will Ahnen and Jordan Williams drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Neuroth delivered a clutch bases-clearing double to right field to make it 8–5.
After Place walked, Turben singled up the middle to drive in Neuroth for a four-run cushion.
Hromadka worked around a one-out walk and induced a pair of fly balls to end the game. He stuck out one and allowed just one hit and one walk in 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Fennimore scored 10 runs in the second inning of Tuesday’s semifinal in a 16–3 rout of Osseo, before falling to Waupun (25–4) in the title game later in the night.
Fennimore Post 184 will open the Division 2 Great Plains Regional tournament in Wahpeton, N.D. on Thursday, Aug. 8.
Fennimore 9, Waupun 5
(from Monday, July 30 @ Osseo)
Fennimore 031 001 04 — 9 10 2
Waupun 002 003 00 — 5 10 1
Leading hitters — F: Trevor Neuroth 2x3, Derek Turben 2x5, Noah Hromadka 2x3; W: Keegan Hartgerink 2x3, Nathan Brown 2x4, Brayden Sanders 2x3. 2B — F: Jake Adkins, Neuroth; W: Hartgerink, Sanders. 3B — W: Brown. HR — W: Jak Lenz.
W — Noah Hromadka (2.1IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 1K, 1BB). L — Bradyn Vande Zande (1.2IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 2K, 2BB).