Pride defeats Bandits 5-4 in championship|
An Antigo Pride team that proved itself the squad to beat for the latter half of the area’s 12U softball season rewarded themselves with a championship July 21 evening, beating the rival Bandits, 5-4 at Saratoga Park.
The Pride scored one run in the first inning thanks to a Hannah Husnick single that would eventually allow her to reach home from a Lizzy Burkhart double.
The Bandits bounced back with one run in the second inning as the result of walks to Bandit batters Elyse Incha, Taylor Arrowood, and Kendall Marmes. Later, a pass ball would allow the Bandits to get on the scoreboard and tie the game.
After the Bandits’ pitching staff allowed themselves to get into trouble with two hit batters and two walks, the Pride were able to score two more runs in the third.
Later, in the fifth inning, Ellie Preboski would lead off with a single followed by an Anja Busse walk. A pass ball and a single by Kiana Lese would garner two more scores for the Pride, sealing their fate as 12U champions.
Burkhart led the victorious, season-ending contest with a 2-3 hitting performance that included a double. Husnick was perfect at 2-2, while teammates Lese, Prebo
Fritsch pitches a shut-out in key All Star victory
It could perhaps be said that the Antigo 11-12 year old All Star team has good timing.
In need of a win in order to continue its play in the Little League state tournament series, the crew crushed Rice Lake 8-0 on Wednesday to advance to this afternoon’s semi-finals at Doepke Park in Wausau.
The 4:30 p.m. matchup versus undefeated Burlington (5-0) will advance the winner to Friday’s state championship game. In a previous outing, Burlington defeated Antigo 12-0. Antigo enters today’s game at 2-3.
Burlington earned its spot by topping Whitefish Bay 5-4 in Wednesday’s outing.
As for Antigo, Alex Fritsch proved to be the star of the show. Nailing a home run and a single from the plate, he also dominated on the mound by pitching a six inning shut-out, including two strike outs, to deliver his team the victory.
“Fritsch pitched a gem tonight in the most impressive pitching performance by any pitcher at the state tournament thus far,” Coach Lon Ebel said. “However, it was a total team effort as well with great hitting, base running and defensive plays.”
Antigo combined for 11 hits on the day including two each by Brady Renfro, Nevin Corne
All Stars lose but team remains in contention
The long ball hurt as Antigo’s 11-12 year old All Star team gave up four home runs in its 12-8 loss to Whitefish Bay at the Little League state tournament in Wausau Tuesday.
Dropping to 1-3 in the tourney, Antigo can still advance to the semi-final round with a win this afternoon over Rice Lake. Game time is 4:30 p.m. at Doepke Park at Rib Mountain.
Down 5-0 at the close of three, Antigo took advantage of four costly Whitefish errors, as well as a home run by Daniel Ison and singles by Nevin Cornelius and Brady Renfro, to tie it up and take a 6-4 advantage.
Whitefish Bay returned the favor, scoring three runs in the fifth and four in the sixth to tally the win — its third in tournament play.
Ison paced Antigo at the plate with three hits. Cornelius and Renfro each had two.
Should Antigo win today, semi-final action will commence Thursday with the state championiship game scheduled for Friday.
Fritsch, Ison belt homers as All Stars score 11-8 victory
Alex Fritsch exploded for two home runs while Daniel Ison cracked another Monday as the Antigo 11-12 year old All Star team bounced back from two weekend losses to defeat Appleton Einstein 11-8 for its first win in the state Little League tournament series.
“It was nice to put one in the win column tonight,” Coach Lon Ebel said. “Although we made it harder than we needed to and didn't play our best game defensively, we are excited for the ‘W’ and it still puts us in contention to make the finals. It was a well deserved and much needed win tonight.”
Tagged as the visiting team, Antigo got out to a good start. Reaching on a single, Nevin Cornelius later scored following back-to-back singles by Brady Renfro and Ison with two outs on the board. Chris Krueger later drove in another run with a single.
Appleton Einstein matched Antigo with two runs in the bottom of the first and then took the lead after two innings, 5-3.
“The boys showed some toughness tonight and fought back with a run in the third,” Ebel said, noting the effort which began after Ison drew a walk. Elliot Orgeman singled to put the runner in scoring position and Chris Breitenfeldt del
All-Star team drops two games at state
The Antigo 11-12 year old Little League All Star team fell on tough times over the weekend, losing its first two games in state tournament action at Doepke Park in Wausau.
Play for the District 5 champions will resume at 4:30 p.m. versus Appleton Einstein. Antigo will then take on Whitefish Bay at 7 p.m. Tuesday before challenging Rice Lake for a 4:30 p.m. matchup on Wednesday.
Burlington and Madison East currently sit at 2-0 in tourney play followed by Whitefish Bay and Rice Lake at 1-1. Antigo and Einstein both remain winless.
The top four teams will advance to the semifinal on Thursday.
Antigo fell victim to the long ball on Saturday, losing to Burlington 12-0. The opponents had five home runs on the day.
“Our bats went quiet and we struggled to get anything going offensively,” Coach Lon Ebel said.
Combining for only four hits, Alex Fritsch went 3-3 with singles while Nevin Cornelius was 1-2.
Antigo’s four pitchers, Fritsch, Elliot Orgeman, Cornelius andTyler Schroepfer, allowed the 12 runs (all earned) on 11 hits, five walks and an error while striking out six.
Sunday brought a meeting with Madison East and feat
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