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A historic season for the Antigo Red Robins baseball team came to a close Tuesday, one win shy of a state tournament appearance.

Playing in a WIAA Division One sectional at Bay Port High School, the Robins took advantage of late Wausau West miscues to work some seventh inning magic in a 3-2 come from behind win, before the miscues worked against Antigo in the sectional final, a 12-4 loss to Green Bay Preble.

This was by no means a lost season, the boys had an absolute great year, Head Coach Scott Farmer said. There was 96 teams that started this journey and only eight can say they made it farther than the Red Robins, only four can say they beat us, and with the goofy weather and adversity they overcame, including losing A.J. Kirsch on the mound and from the lineup for a bit, they have every reason to walk with their chins high for the great work they did.

WAUSAU WEST

Play began Tuesday morning with the sectional semifinal against Wisconsin Valley Conference power Wausau West. The game was a tight pitcher’s duel throughout, as Antigo’s Brady Tatro matched up against Chandler Fochs for the Warriors.

Tatro went the distance, allowing just one earned run on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 10.

Brady did a great job of keeping them off balance and not letting them get a read on either his fastball or curve, Farmer said.

Fochs was pulled in the sixth in a 1-1 game, after back-to-back hits from Brady Renfro and Kirsch put runners at second and third for the Robins with one out.

Grant Hill came on in relief and retired both Nick Marshall and Sebastian Noskowiak to end the Antigo threat.

The Warriors went ahead in the seventh inning, plating one run. Tatro struck out the first two West batters to begin the inning, but leadoff batter Sam Sippel reached via a single, and Hill’s ball hit to right field was misplayed allowing Sippel to score as West took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the frame.

Antigo’s turn at the plate began with a strikeout to number nine hitter Luke Schroeder, who reached on a wild pitch. Matt Winter followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt which was thrown wide of second base.

Wade Farmer was next and laid down another sacrifice bunt attempt, as Warrior catcher Casey Roeser threw to third in an attempt to cut down Schroeder, but the ball was missed by Zach Renier, Schroeder scored and the game was tied.

Tatro was next and hit a tailor-made ground ball to second base, however the relay throw sailed wide of first base, Winter scored and the celebration was on with the 3-2 win.

Great game and one of those where it is too bad someone has to lose, Farmer noted. The guys played really well and came together to pull it out at the end, they never gave up and kept the pressure on even after giving them one in the top of the seventh.

Hill took the loss in relief, although both runs he allowed were unearned thanks to the three West errors.

We played very well on defense and only had one error, Farmer said. That was the difference between us winning and losing the game.

Renfro led Antigo with two hits, including a double. Tatro and Kirsch added two-baggers as well.

We knew it was going to be a struggle to get anything together against their pitchers, Farmer added. The guys did a good job putting the ball in play and making their defense work, Renfro had a nice game, hitting the ball hard every time up.

GREEN BAY PREBLE

The sectional final matched the Robins up against two-time defending sectional champion Green Bay Preble. Antigo battled, taking a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning, but in the end, Preble’s pitching and defense was simply better as they pulled away for the 12-4 win.

Was exactly the type of game we knew we were going to get and they beat us at it, Farmer said. Their pitchers and defense was up to the challenge, as well as we played in the first game, we couldn’t match it in game two.

Renfro got the start, but was pulled after retiring just one batter. He was charged for two first inning runs, but only one was earned due to an Antigo miscue. He walked two. Ben Graff drove in both Preble runs with a single. It was a sign of things to come for the Robins.

Cody Urban relieved Renfro and retired the next two Hornets’ hitters to end the inning.

We had five errors, six walks, and one hit batsmen, Farmer noted. When you have 12 free base runners in a game against a team of this caliber it’s not going to allow you a chance to win, Cody did a great job coming in and getting us out of a jam, holding them at bay for a couple innings, but too many free baserunners behind him piled up and we couldn’t get out from under it.

Antigo did tie the game in the bottom of the first. Winter reached on an error, Farmer moved him over with a sacrifice bunt, and Tatro delivered an RBI double to get the Robins on the board. Two batters later Renfro came through with a hard hit double, plating Tatro to make it a 2-2 ball game.

The lead shifted to Antigo’s favor in the third, as Winter started things from leadoff spot with a double. Tatro delivered him with an RBI single, and again it was Renfro coming through, as his single again scored Tatro to make it 4-2.

Things slipped away after that however, Preble plated five runs in the fourth off Urban, who was relieved by Noskowiak. He held up until the sixth when the Hornets got to him for three runs, and added two in the seventh to secure the victory.

Urban was tagged with the loss in three and a third innings of work, allowing five runs, only two earned on five hits. He struck out three. Noskowiak lasted three frames, and gave up five runs, four earned on five hits. He also punched out three batters.

Nick Marshall recorded the final out of the seventh.

Tatro and Renfro led the Robins with two hits each. Winter scored twice.

We had good at bats and put the ball in play, Farmer noted. Preble made the plays and didn’t give any extra baserunners.

Max Wagner, Casey Roeser, and Graff all had three hits to lead the Preble attack, as the Hornets advanced to state for the third straight season with a 20-3 record.

Wagner went the distance for Preble, earning the win as he allowed seven Antigo hits, and struck out seven.

The Robins finish a memorable campaign with a 25-4 record.

The coaches want to thank all the seniors for the hard work, dedication, and leadership to make this season successful, Farmer added. They will be greatly missed and we know each one will be successful in whatever path they choose, it was a season to remember and it is sad it had to end, but it was a very enjoyable ride.
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Historic season ends for Red Robins in sectional final
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A historic season for the Antigo Red Robins baseball team came to a close Tuesday, one win shy of a state tournament appearance.

Playing in a WIAA Division One sectional at Bay Port High School, the Robins took advantage of late Wausau West miscues to work some seventh inning magic in a 3-2 come from behind win, before the miscues worked against Antigo in the sectional final, a 12-4 loss to Green Bay Preble.

This was by no means a lost season, the boys had an absolute great year, Head Coach Scott Farmer said. There was 96 teams that started this journey and only eight can say they made it farther than the Red Robins, only four can say they beat us, and with the goofy weather and adversity they overcame, including losing A.J. Kirsch on the mound and from the lineup for a bit, they have every reason to walk with their chins high for the great work they did.

WAUSAU WEST

Play began Tuesday morning with the sectional semifinal against Wisconsin Valley Conference power Wausau West. The game was a tight pitcher’s duel throughout, as Antigo’s Brady Tatro matched up against Chandler Fochs for the Warriors.

Tatro went the distance, allowing just one earned run on eight hits. He walked two and struck out 10.

Brady did a great job of keeping them off balance and not letting them get a read on either his fastball or curve, Farmer said.

Fochs was pulled in the sixth in a 1-1 game, after back-to-back hits from Brady Renfro and Kirsch put runners at second and third for the Robins with one out.

Grant Hill came on in relief and retired both Nick Marshall and Sebastian Noskowiak to end the Antigo threat.

The Warriors went ahead in the seventh inning, plating one run. Tatro struck out the first two West batters to begin the inning, but leadoff batter Sam Sippel reached via a single, and Hill’s ball hit to right field was misplayed allowing Sippel to score as West took a 2-1 lead to the bottom of the frame.

Antigo’s turn at the plate began with a strikeout to number nine hitter Luke Schroeder, who reached on a wild pitch. Matt Winter followed with a sacrifice bunt attempt which was thrown wide of second base.

Wade Farmer was next and laid down another sacrifice bunt attempt, as Warrior catcher Casey Roeser threw to third in an attempt to cut down Schroeder, but the ball was missed by Zach Renier, Schroeder scored and the game was tied.

Tatro was next and hit a tailor-made ground ball to second base, however the relay throw sailed wide of first base, Winter scored and the celebration was on with the 3-2 win.

Great game and one of those where it is too bad someone has to lose, Farmer noted. The guys played really well and came together to pull it out at the end, they never gave up and kept the pressure on even after giving them one in the top of the seventh.

Hill took the loss in relief, although both runs he allowed were unearned thanks to the three West errors.

We played very well on defense and only had one error, Farmer said. That was the difference between us winning and losing the game.

Renfro led Antigo with two hits, including a double. Tatro and Kirsch added two-baggers as well.

We knew it was going to be a struggle to get anything together against their pitchers, Farmer added. The guys did a good job putting the ball in play and making their defense work, Renfro had a nice game, hitting the ball hard every time up.

GREEN BAY PREBLE

The sectional final matched the Robins up against two-time defending sectional champion Green Bay Preble. Antigo battled, taking a 4-2 lead into the fourth inning, but in the end, Preble’s pitching and defense was simply better as they pulled away for the 12-4 win.

Was exactly the type of game we knew we were going to get and they beat us at it, Farmer said. Their pitchers and defense was up to the challenge, as well as we played in the first game, we couldn’t match it in game two.

Renfro got the start, but was pulled after retiring just one batter. He was charged for two first inning runs, but only one was earned due to an Antigo miscue. He walked two. Ben Graff drove in both Preble runs with a single. It was a sign of things to come for the Robins.

Cody Urban relieved Renfro and retired the next two Hornets’ hitters to end the inning.

We had five errors, six walks, and one hit batsmen, Farmer noted. When you have 12 free base runners in a game against a team of this caliber it’s not going to allow you a chance to win, Cody did a great job coming in and getting us out of a jam, holding them at bay for a couple innings, but too many free baserunners behind him piled up and we couldn’t get out from under it.

Antigo did tie the game in the bottom of the first. Winter reached on an error, Farmer moved him over with a sacrifice bunt, and Tatro delivered an RBI double to get the Robins on the board. Two batters later Renfro came through with a hard hit double, plating Tatro to make it a 2-2 ball game.

The lead shifted to Antigo’s favor in the third, as Winter started things from leadoff spot with a double. Tatro delivered him with an RBI single, and again it was Renfro coming through, as his single again scored Tatro to make it 4-2.

Things slipped away after that however, Preble plated five runs in the fourth off Urban, who was relieved by Noskowiak. He held up until the sixth when the Hornets got to him for three runs, and added two in the seventh to secure the victory.

Urban was tagged with the loss in three and a third innings of work, allowing five runs, only two earned on five hits. He struck out three. Noskowiak lasted three frames, and gave up five runs, four earned on five hits. He also punched out three batters.

Nick Marshall recorded the final out of the seventh.

Tatro and Renfro led the Robins with two hits each. Winter scored twice.

We had good at bats and put the ball in play, Farmer noted. Preble made the plays and didn’t give any extra baserunners.

Max Wagner, Casey Roeser, and Graff all had three hits to lead the Preble attack, as the Hornets advanced to state for the third straight season with a 20-3 record.

Wagner went the distance for Preble, earning the win as he allowed seven Antigo hits, and struck out seven.

The Robins finish a memorable campaign with a 25-4 record.

The coaches want to thank all the seniors for the hard work, dedication, and leadership to make this season successful, Farmer added. They will be greatly missed and we know each one will be successful in whatever path they choose, it was a season to remember and it is sad it had to end, but it was a very enjoyable ride.
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