PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — Peyton Hall and Mike Steiner combined for four hits and seven RBIs, and senior pitcher Ronnie Hebel tossed a four-hit shutout as Prairie du Chien topped visiting Platteville 10–0 in a WIAA Division 2 regional semifinal at Prairie du Chien’s St. Feriole Island.
Hall opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with an RBI single off Platteville starter Mitch Hefty.
He later scored on a Garrity single to left field. Elliot reached on a fielder’s choice to drive in another run and Roach singled to center to make it 4–0.
The Blackhawks (15–9) tacked on two more in the second when Hall hit a two-run homer off Platteville reliever Luke Withrow. Hall added a two-run double in the fourth to make it 8–0. Hall finished the game 3-for-3 with five RBIs.
Steiner ripped a two-run double in the fifth to end the game via the 10-run rule.
Hebel earned the win without striking out a batter or issuing a walk.
Hefty (2–4) took the loss lasting just 2/3 of an inning allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits. Withrow allowed six earned runs on five hits and three walks in 32/3 innings of work.
“They hit the ball well. They are a very good team,” said Platteville head coach Chuck Smet. “Hefty and Withrow threw strikes; Prairie du Chien just hit the ball hard.”
Prairie du Chien went on to lose the regional final to River Valley 3–2.
Meanwhile Platteville finished a frustrating season 10–15 overall after going 4–11 in the SWC.
“We won 10 games with basically the same group that went 2–15 last year. Eight more wins is a positive,” said Smet. “We also had a very tough stretch in early May when we lost seven games that we were leading or tied late in the game. Had we gotten a handful of those games it could have a different kind of season.
“But on a positive note the kids improved as the season went along and they battled the entire way so I feel pretty good about that.”
Platteville graduates a talented senior class that includes Cooley, Hefty, Luke Withrow, Adam Brogley, Tristan Hirsch, Logan Butson, Mitch Niehaus, Jarred Heer and Dallas Key.
WIAA Division 2 regional semifinals
Prairie du Chien 10, Platteville 0
(from Wednesday, June 4 at PdC)
Platteville 000 00 — 0 4 2
Prairie du Chien 430 22 — 10 10 1
Leading hitters — PdC: Ryan Hebel 2x3, Peyton Hall 3x3, Austin Roach 2x3. 2B — PdC: Hall, Mike Steiner. HR — PdC: Hall. W — Ron Hebel (5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 SO, 1 BB). L — Mitch Hefty (2–4, 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 SO, 0 BB).
Platteville overcomes Mortimer to upset RC
RICHLAND CENTER — Richland Center standout Alex Mortimer hit a three-run homer and didn’t allow an earned run in seven innings, but the Hornets’ defense committed five errors behind its star senior.
Platteville took full advantage of the defensive miscues to plate four runs in the top of the third inning and hung on for a 4–3 regional quarterfinal upset of fourth seeded Richland Center last Tuesday afternoon.
Cooley got stronger as the game went along and shut the Hornets down in the final four innings after allowing a three-run homer to Mortimer in the bottom of the third.
Cooley (4–3) struck out nine and walked three while allowing three earned runs on five hits in the complete game victory. He worked around Mortimer’s lead off triple in the second to keep the game scoreless early on.
Meanwhile, Platteville scored all four of its runs in the top of the third on just one hit. In fact, the Hillmen managed just three hits in the entire game off Mortimer.
Butson reached on an error to lead off the Platteville third, then Hirsch walked and Heer singled to left field to load the bases.
On the next play Richland Center committed a pair of errors as Platteville took a 3–0 lead.
Jason Withrow hit a tapper in front of the plate and Mortimer and RC catcher Brandon Gerner each had errors on the play allowing Butson, Heer and Hirsch all to score. Withrow advanced to second on the play.
On the very next play shortstop Charles McBain committed the Hornets’ fourth error of the inning when he booted a Cooley ground ball.
Two pitches later Withrow scored on a head first slide into home following a wild pitch to make it 4–0.
“I don’t think we hit the ball particularly well, but we caught some breaks in that third inning and we took advantage of them,” said Smet. “Cooley pitched extremely well and we played some good defense behind him. To lose the way we did to Center three times during the regular season, it was nice to go up there and beat them in the playoffs. That was one of the highlights of the season.”
The Hornets scored a 4–3 win over Platteville on a two-out error in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader on May 9 at Richland Center, then scored two in the top of the ninth to take the nightcap 7–5 after the Hillmen sent the game in to extra innings with a run in the bottom of the seventh. Richland Center completed the regular season sweep with a 9–4 victory on May 23 at Platteville.
WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinals
Platteville 4, Richland Center 3
(from Tuesday, June 3 at Richland Center)
Platteville 004 000 0 — 4 3 0
Richland Center 003 000 0 — 3 5 5
Leading hitters — RC: Alex Mortimer 2x2. 2B — RC: Mortimer. HR — RC: Mortimer. W — William Cooley (4–3, 7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 9 SO, 3 BB). L — Mortimer (7 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 5 SO, 3 BB).