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Redbirds unleash on Bulldogs to end slide
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BOSCOBEL– Junior first baseman Hunter Hardyman went 2-for-4 with a double and drove in four runs to help the Darlington Redbirds put a 10-game losing streak to rest with an 8-1 SWAL victory over the host Boscobel Bulldogs on Friday, June 4.

Brady Horne and Barret Vieth each drove in two runs for the Redbirds, who had not tasted victory since sweeping Iowa-Grant in a doubleheader on May 7. Braden Davis had two hits and scored three times for the ‘Birds, while Breylin Goebel tripled and scored twice in the win

Freshman Gage Banfield fired five and two-thirds scoreless innings on the mound, scattering four hits and four walks and striking out seven to earn the win.

The Redbirds (3-13 overall, 3-10 SWAL) opened last week with a 12-3 loss to Riverdale at home on Tuesday, June 1, and then were routed by SWAL champion Mineral Point, 25-7, in a make-up game at Otto Ruf Field on Wednesday, June 2.

Goebel and Hardyman each had two hits against the Chieftains. Goebel ripped a double and scored a run for the hosts, while Hardyman drove in a run.

Carter Lancaster and Horne each drove in a run and scored another for the ‘Birds against the top-ranked Pointers.

Sixth-seeded Darlington will open the WIAA Division 3 baseball tournament by traveling to Cuba City for a regional quarterfinal game against the third-seeded Cubans on Thursday, June 10, starting at 4:30 p.m.


Black Hawk can't hold on to early leads

S OUTH WAYNE – Black Hawk jumped out to early leads in games against Six Rivers East foes Argyle and Monticello/Albany last week, but the Warriors were unable to hold onto those leads as they fell at home to the Orioles, 14-6, on Thursday, June 3, and then dropped a heartbreaking 4-3 decision at Monticello on Friday, June 4.

The Warriors (1-5) held a 3-0 lead over the Orioles heading into the third inning, but gave up nine unanswered runs to fall behind and they could never catch back up to Jeff Solberg’s squad.

Carter Baumgartner went 2-for-2 with a double and three runs driven in to lead Black Hawk. Jexen Stietz was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored, and Seth Dunlavey had a double and scored twice along with Clayton Stietz for the Warriors.

Brady Penniston went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for Argyle, while Buddy Gerber and Thomas Nelson had three hits apiece and combined to drive in three runs and score four times. Clay Ritschard also drove in two runs and scored twice for Argyle.

At Monticello on Friday, the Warriors plated runs in the first and third frames to grab a 2-0 lead, but the host Ponies charged back with two runs in the bottom of the third and two more in the sixth pull out a 4-3 victory. 

C. Stietz and Lucas Milz had two hits apiece for Black Hawk. Dunlavey recorded a RBI and scored a run for the Warriors.

Fourth-seeded Black Hawk will open the WIAA Division 4 baseball tournament by hosting fifth-seeded Shullsburg/Benton in a regional quarterfinal game at BHHS on Thursday, June 10, starting at 5 p.m.


Miner-Zephyrs can’t break through against West foes

SHULLSBURG – The Shullsburg/Benton baseball team put up a fight in three home games last week, but the co-op could not break through for a league win against a trio of Six Rivers West foe.

The Miner-Zephyrs (1-10 overall, 0-8 SRW) went to extra innings against Potosi/Cassville before falling 16-10 in high-scoring, seesaw affair at Badger Park on Tuesday, June 1. The teams traded the lead five times through the first five innings, and then went into the eighth inning knotted at 8-8 until the Chieftains exploded for seven runs to put away the hosts for good.

Nathan Keleher went 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored for Shulls/Ben. Evan Pederson had a double with a run and a RBI, while Evan Edge drove in two runs.

Back at Badger Park on Thursday, June 3, the Miner-Zephyrs were tied with Highland at 2-2 after six innings, but the Cardinals struck for three runs in the top of the seventh to pull out a 5-2 victory.

Jack Charles went 2-for-3 with a run scored for the co-op, while Edge and Brandon Hoppman each drove in a run.

The Miner-Zephyrs returned to the field on Friday, June 4, and this time it was their turn to put together a late rally. Unfortunately, it fell a little short as the River Ridge Timberwolves held on for a 5-4 SRW win.

Trailing 5-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, Coach Mitch Brant’s squad pasted three runs on the scoreboard to pull within a run. Brendan Kudronowicz had a RBI-single and scored on a double by Keleher in the frame.

The hosts had the tying and go-ahead runners on base when the T’Wolves coaxed the final out of the sixth on a fly out, and then were retired in order in the seventh to drop another close decision.

Shullsburg/Benton begins WIAA Division 4 tournament play on Thursday, June 10. The #5-seed Miner-Zephyrs face #4-seed Black Hawk (1-5) in a regional quarterfinal game at BHHS in South Wayne, starting at 5 p.m.