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Warriors blank Crusaders in playoff opener
BH BB Meythaler swing color
BLACK HAWK pitcher Merik Meythaler (#10) takes a mighty cut at a pitch during Fridays regional playoff game against Faith Christian. Meythaler went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and earned the win on the mound after tossing four scoreless innings.

    SOUTH WAYNE – Logan Stietz drove in four runs and teammate Aaron Monson knocked in three runs and scored twice to power #3-seeded Black Hawk over #6-seeded Faith Christian, 12-0, in a five inning WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal game at BHHS on Friday, May 25.
    The Warriors (9-15 overall) snapped a 0-0 tie with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the second inning. Jordan Monson singled with the bases loaded to bring in Taylor Rupnow for the game’s first run, then Cory Rupnow drove in another run on a fielder’s choice and Stietz followed with a base-clearing double to right to extend the lead to 5-0.
    Black Hawk tacked on four more insurance runs in the third frame with A. Monson tripling in T. Rupnow and scoring on a wild pitch to make it 7-0. Stietz plated J. Monson with a sacrifice fly and Mike Powers singled in C. Rupnow to extend the lead to 9-0.
    A. Monson was at it again in the fourth inning, singling in a pair of runs to put the Warriors up 11-0; and the hosts added another run on a ground out by pinch hitter Kyle Priebe to close the scoring on the day.
    A. Monson and J. Monson each went 2-for-2 and scored twice for the Warriors, while Powers finished 2-for-3. T. Rupnow led the hosts with three runs scored, while A. Monson and J. Monson each scored twice along with Connor Moore and C. Rupnow.
    Junior pitcher Merik Meythaler earned the win after tossing four scoreless innings for the Warriors, allowing just two hits and walking only one batter while striking out seven. He struck out the side in both the second and third innings, and he went 2-for-3 at the plate with a run scored in the fourth frame.
    A. Monson came in to toss a scoreless fifth for the hosts with two strikeouts.
    Black Hawk advanced on to face Albany on Tuesday, May 29, in a regional semifinal affair. The game was over too late to appear in this week’s issue. Full coverage will be found in next week’s R.J. Sports.

Faith Christian… 000  00 -   0    2  1
Black Hawk…….. 054  3x - 12  11  1
Leading Hitters: Aaron Monson 2x2, Jordan Monson 2x2, Mike Powers 2x3, Merik Meythaler 2x3. 3B- A. Monson. 2B- Logan Stietz.
WP- Merik Meythaler. LP- Brossard.

Potosi……..… 621  28 - 20  22  0
Black Hawk… 000  00 -   0    5  2
Leading Hitters: NA.
WP- Fritz. LP- Aaron Monson.

Black Hawk… 000  00 -   0    4  2
Potosi……..… 430  3x - 10  11  0
Leading Hitters: NA.
WP- T. Udelhofen. LP- Cory Rupnow.
At South Wayne, on Monday, May 21