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Fennimore rallies past Westby in regional opener, 14–13
Ahnen pitches five-inning shutout in 10–0 elimination game victory over Stoddard
Fennimore’s Trevor Neuroth went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBIs, and picked up the win on the mound in Friday’s 14–13 comeback victory over Westby in the opening round of the American Legion Class A Prairie du Chien Regional Tournament.

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — The Fennimore U19 American Legion baseball team opened last weekend’s Class A Prairie du Chien Regional with a wild 14–13 comeback victory over Westby.

Fennimore trailed 6–0 through four innings, but scored 14 runs in its final three at-bats, including seven in the top of the seventh, then held off a seventh-inning rally from Westby to hang on for a one-run victory.

“The team showed a lot of character and heart in the comeback against Westby and that helped us make a nice run in the regional tournament,” said Fennimore coach Heath Ahnen.

With a 92-degree game-time temperature and the heat-index over 100 degrees, Fennimore battled the weather as well as Westby.

The 184s scored five in the top of the fifth inning to get within striking distance. Will Ahnen had a two-out, two-run double to jump-start the comeback, and Trevor Neuroth followed that with an RBI double of his own. Tyler Hach delivered an RBI single, and after Warren Adam singled, Derek Turben drove in a run with Fennimore’s fifth-straight, two-out hit to make it 6–5.

Ahnen tied the game an inning later with an RBI single, and Hach’s sac fly gave Fennimore a brief 7–6 lead.

A Fennimore error and three walks opened the door for a big inning and Westby regained a 10–7 lead with four runs in the bottom of the sixth. But Fennimore had one last rally in the top of the seventh. The first six batters of the inning reached and scored.

Trevor Wanek’s RBI double made it a two-run game, and Druw Fifrick tied the game with a two-run double. Ahnen singled and Neuroth belted his third double of the game to make it 11–10. Tyler Hach’s ground out drove in another run and starting pitcher Noah Hromadka’s RBI double made it 12–10.

Gavyn Meuch, who began the rally with a leadoff single, doubled down the right field line for his second hit of the inning and drove in two more runs.

Westby made it a one-run game on Hanson’s RBI single and had the tying run on third and the game-winning run on first, but Michael Schaefer recorded back-to-back strikeouts to end the game and earn the save.


American Legion Coulee Region Tournament
Fennimore 14, Westby 13
(from Friday, July 19 @ Prairie du Chien)
Fennimore...000 052 7 — 14 19  3 
Westby..........003 304 3 — 13 16  0
Leading hitters — F: Druw Fifrick 2x5, Will Ahnen 3x5, Trevor Neuroth 4x5, Tyler Hach 2x4, Gavyn Muench 2x3, Michael Schaefer 2x4; W: Alex Gulch 2x5, Carter Bergdahl 3x5, Nolan Rux 3x3, Gunnar Hanson 2x4, Kenny Berg 2x5. 2B — F: Ahnen 2, Hach, Noah Hromadka, Muench, Neuroth 2; W: Bergdahl.
W — Trevor Neuroth (1–0, 0.2IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 1K, 3BB). L — Dave Nelson (IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 1K, 0BB). SV — Michael Schafer (1–1, 1IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 2K, 2BB).

Prairie du Chien 5, Fennimore 2

Fennimore grabbed an early 2–0 lead, but host Prairie du Chien scored the game’s final five runs Saturday to hand the 184s their first loss of the double-elimination regional tournament, 5–2.

Fennimore scored both its runs in the top of the fourth. Druw Fifrick singled and scored on a passed ball. Will Ahnen doubled and scored when Tyler Hach reached on an error.

Prairie du Chien’s Hunter Davis hit an RBI double in the bottom half of the inning and scored on a dropped third strike to tie the game at 2–2. Grant Martin’s RBI single in the fifth gave PdC a 3–2 lead, and Clayton Ducharme and Blake Bremmer added RBI singles in the sixth to account for the final score.

Ryan Mcgrath struck out nine and allowed one earned run on four hits in the complete game victory for Prairie du Chien. Michael Schaefer (0–2) took the loss for Fennimoreafter allowing five runs — two earned — on six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.

American Legion Coulee Region Tournament
Prairie du Chien 5, Fennimore 2
(from Saturday, July 20 @ Prairie du Chien)
Fennimore.............000 200 0 — 2   4  1 
Prairie du Chien...000 212 x — 5   6  2
Leading hitters — F: Druw Fifrick 2x3; PdC: Blake Bremmer 2x3. 2B — F: Will Ahnen; PdC: Hunter Davis.
W — Ryan Mcgrath (7IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 8K, 1BB). L — Michael Schaefer (0–2, 5.2IP, 6H, 5R, 2ER, 6K, 4BB). 

Fennimore 10, Stoddard 0

Will Ahnen pitched a five-inning, one-hit shutout to lead Fennimore to a 10–0 victory over Stoddard in an elimination game on Sunday.

Ahnen struck out five and allowed just a third-inning single and a pair of walks in the 64-pitch complete game. He also drove in Fennimore’s first two runs with a double in the seven-run third inning, and drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the fifth to drive in another run and end the game via the 10-run rule. 

Trevor Neuroth, Tyler Hach and Warren Adam also had RBI hits in the third.

American Legion Coulee Region Tournament
Fennimore 10, Stoddard 0
(from Sunday, July 21 @ Prairie du Chien)
Stoddard......000 00 —    0   1  2
Fennimore...007 12 —  10   7  2 
Leading hitters — F: Warren Adam 2x2. 2B — F: Will Ahnen, Neuroth.
W — Will Ahnen (2–1, 5IP, 1H, 0R, 5K, 2BB). L — Brock Venner (4IP, 7H, 10R, 5ER, 1K, 7BB).