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Down but not out, late rally gives Robins regional title, return trip to sectionals
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For the second straight game, the Antigo Red Robins baseball team used a big inning to advance in the WIAA playoffs.

Against Merrill Tuesday it was an eight-run fifth that propelled Antigo to an 8-2 win, this time the Robins waited until their final turn at-bat, before plating five runs to leave Medford regional champions by a 10-6 final.

Antigo trailed 6-5 entering the seventh inning against the Great Northern Conference champion and number one seeded Raiders, but rallied to go in front, and Eli Fleischman allowed a lone base runner in the bottom half before closing the door and sending the Robins on to Tuesday's division two sectional at Altoona.

“Best part about tonight is we by no means played our best game but still beat one of the best teams and that is scary,” head coach Scott Farmer said. “The coaches are so proud of the guys how they never gave up, things didn't look good but just kept fighting. That is what we have been telling them since the first practice, this game has a way of working out if you keep plucking along.”

Jordan Arrowood began the seventh inning comeback with a one-out single, while Neil Bretl did the same one batter later. Trenton Hubatch followed with a walk to load the bases before Sebastian Noskowiak delivered a sacrifice fly to center, tying the game at six.

Lead off hitter Eric Langseth was next and ripped a run-scoring double to give the Robins their first lead at 7-6. A walk to Fleischman loaded the bases again, with ensuing runs scoring courtesy of a hit batter, walk and RBI single by Nevin Cornelius.

Fleischman retired the first two Medford batters in the bottom of the seventh, before John Laher delivered a hit. Fleischman proceeded to get Caleb Guden to pop to short, giving Antigo the win.

Fleischman was the winning pitcher in relief, allowing one run on three hits. He relieved Brady Renfro, who ended the day charged with five runs, three earned on six hits. He walked four and struck out three.

“Brady battled all night and the only time they scored is when the leadoff hitter was walked, getting behind hitters puts the ball on their side and you have no advantage,” Farmer noted. “Eli came in once again in a tough situation and got us out of it and closed the game.”

Fleischman came on in the fourth with two outs, a frame in which Medford put up three runs, breaking open what was a 2-2 game. A lead off walk and an error set the stage for a sacrifice fly from Cade Alexander and run-scoring singles from both John McMurry and Spike Alexander.

Fleischman retired Nick Retterath to end the inning.

Both teams put up single runs in the fifth, and trailing 6-3, Antigo got within a run, scoring twice in the top half of the sixth.

A walk by Hubatch and two Medford errors plated the first run, and Renfro's RBI double accounted for the second. It all set the stage for the Robins' seventh inning heroics.

Langseth led the Robins with three hits, while Cornelius, Arrowood and Bretl had two each.

Fleischman, Renfro, and Logan Doering all had one base knock each, Doering's was a solo homerun to lead off the third.

“I can't say enough about our bats tonight,” Farmer noted. “Eric had a huge night, Brady was once again clutch, Logan was outstanding, Jordan had some very tough at-bats, Neil and Hubatch put together big at-bats, while Seb and Eli really came through when needed, solid team performance at the plate.”

Doering's night included a solid game from the catcher position as well.

“Medford is a team that really likes to run and LD held them in check behind the plate,” Farmer added. “They were scared to try.”

Medford was led by McMurry and Spike Alexander who had two hits each.

Alexander took the loss in relief.

The win moves Antigo's season record to 17-5 and moves them on to Tuesday's one-day sectional at Altoona. Medford finishes with a mark of 20-9, but the GNC champs are left with a sour taste in their mouth, after sweeping a doubleheader from the Robins just three weeks ago.

Antigo will now face Northwestern, a number one seed, who moved onto sectionals with a 10-2 win over Hayward. That game is a 10 a.m. start Tuesday, with the winner playing the winner of New Richmond and Tomah for a trip to state at 4 p.m.

It's a familiar scene for the Robins, who fell in a division one sectional final with a different cast a season ago.

“We have three big practices and a big weekend of very important distractions,” Farmer said. “I hope we can get our minds to concentrate on what will get us the next step, we have proven time and again we can play with anyone, now we just have to be confident enough to execute.”

This season marks the 50th anniversary of Antigo's first state baseball tournament appearance in 1969. The team's last trip to state came in 1995.

Antigo 10, Medford 6

WIAA Division Two Regional Final

Medford High School

Thursday, May 30, 2019



R H E

AHS 011 012 5 10 12 2

MHS 101 310 0 6 9 3



Antigo

Batting: Langseth 3-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI; Fleischman 1-3, R, 2 BB; Renfro 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, HBP; Doering 1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, K; Cornelius 2-5, R, RBI; Arrowood 2-5, 2 K; Matuszewski 0-0, R; Bretl 2-4, 2 R; Hubatch 0-1, 2 R, 3 BB, K; Noskowiak 0-3, R, SAC, RBI

Pitching: Renfro 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K; Fleischman W, 3 1/3 IP, R, ER, 3 H, K

Medford

Batting: Haynes 0-2, R, SAC, BB; C. Alexander 0-2, R, SAC, RBI, BB, K; McMurry 2-3, R, RBI, BB; S. Alexander 2-4, RBI; Retterath 1-4, RBI, K; Zirngible 1-4, R, K; Laher 1-3, SAC, 2 K; Guden 1-3, R, BB; Miller 1-3, R, RBI

Pitching: Retterath 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 3 K; McMurry 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, ER, 2 H, BB, K; Alexander L, IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, HB; Haynes 1/3 IP, H, K
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Down but not out, late rally gives Robins regional title, return trip to sectionals
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For the second straight game, the Antigo Red Robins baseball team used a big inning to advance in the WIAA playoffs.

Against Merrill Tuesday it was an eight-run fifth that propelled Antigo to an 8-2 win, this time the Robins waited until their final turn at-bat, before plating five runs to leave Medford regional champions by a 10-6 final.

Antigo trailed 6-5 entering the seventh inning against the Great Northern Conference champion and number one seeded Raiders, but rallied to go in front, and Eli Fleischman allowed a lone base runner in the bottom half before closing the door and sending the Robins on to Tuesday's division two sectional at Altoona.

“Best part about tonight is we by no means played our best game but still beat one of the best teams and that is scary,” head coach Scott Farmer said. “The coaches are so proud of the guys how they never gave up, things didn't look good but just kept fighting. That is what we have been telling them since the first practice, this game has a way of working out if you keep plucking along.”

Jordan Arrowood began the seventh inning comeback with a one-out single, while Neil Bretl did the same one batter later. Trenton Hubatch followed with a walk to load the bases before Sebastian Noskowiak delivered a sacrifice fly to center, tying the game at six.

Lead off hitter Eric Langseth was next and ripped a run-scoring double to give the Robins their first lead at 7-6. A walk to Fleischman loaded the bases again, with ensuing runs scoring courtesy of a hit batter, walk and RBI single by Nevin Cornelius.

Fleischman retired the first two Medford batters in the bottom of the seventh, before John Laher delivered a hit. Fleischman proceeded to get Caleb Guden to pop to short, giving Antigo the win.

Fleischman was the winning pitcher in relief, allowing one run on three hits. He relieved Brady Renfro, who ended the day charged with five runs, three earned on six hits. He walked four and struck out three.

“Brady battled all night and the only time they scored is when the leadoff hitter was walked, getting behind hitters puts the ball on their side and you have no advantage,” Farmer noted. “Eli came in once again in a tough situation and got us out of it and closed the game.”

Fleischman came on in the fourth with two outs, a frame in which Medford put up three runs, breaking open what was a 2-2 game. A lead off walk and an error set the stage for a sacrifice fly from Cade Alexander and run-scoring singles from both John McMurry and Spike Alexander.

Fleischman retired Nick Retterath to end the inning.

Both teams put up single runs in the fifth, and trailing 6-3, Antigo got within a run, scoring twice in the top half of the sixth.

A walk by Hubatch and two Medford errors plated the first run, and Renfro's RBI double accounted for the second. It all set the stage for the Robins' seventh inning heroics.

Langseth led the Robins with three hits, while Cornelius, Arrowood and Bretl had two each.

Fleischman, Renfro, and Logan Doering all had one base knock each, Doering's was a solo homerun to lead off the third.

“I can't say enough about our bats tonight,” Farmer noted. “Eric had a huge night, Brady was once again clutch, Logan was outstanding, Jordan had some very tough at-bats, Neil and Hubatch put together big at-bats, while Seb and Eli really came through when needed, solid team performance at the plate.”

Doering's night included a solid game from the catcher position as well.

“Medford is a team that really likes to run and LD held them in check behind the plate,” Farmer added. “They were scared to try.”

Medford was led by McMurry and Spike Alexander who had two hits each.

Alexander took the loss in relief.

The win moves Antigo's season record to 17-5 and moves them on to Tuesday's one-day sectional at Altoona. Medford finishes with a mark of 20-9, but the GNC champs are left with a sour taste in their mouth, after sweeping a doubleheader from the Robins just three weeks ago.

Antigo will now face Northwestern, a number one seed, who moved onto sectionals with a 10-2 win over Hayward. That game is a 10 a.m. start Tuesday, with the winner playing the winner of New Richmond and Tomah for a trip to state at 4 p.m.

It's a familiar scene for the Robins, who fell in a division one sectional final with a different cast a season ago.

“We have three big practices and a big weekend of very important distractions,” Farmer said. “I hope we can get our minds to concentrate on what will get us the next step, we have proven time and again we can play with anyone, now we just have to be confident enough to execute.”

This season marks the 50th anniversary of Antigo's first state baseball tournament appearance in 1969. The team's last trip to state came in 1995.

Antigo 10, Medford 6

WIAA Division Two Regional Final

Medford High School

Thursday, May 30, 2019



R H E

AHS 011 012 5 10 12 2

MHS 101 310 0 6 9 3



Antigo

Batting: Langseth 3-4, R, 2B, 2 RBI; Fleischman 1-3, R, 2 BB; Renfro 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI, HBP; Doering 1-2, R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, K; Cornelius 2-5, R, RBI; Arrowood 2-5, 2 K; Matuszewski 0-0, R; Bretl 2-4, 2 R; Hubatch 0-1, 2 R, 3 BB, K; Noskowiak 0-3, R, SAC, RBI

Pitching: Renfro 3 2/3 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K; Fleischman W, 3 1/3 IP, R, ER, 3 H, K

Medford

Batting: Haynes 0-2, R, SAC, BB; C. Alexander 0-2, R, SAC, RBI, BB, K; McMurry 2-3, R, RBI, BB; S. Alexander 2-4, RBI; Retterath 1-4, RBI, K; Zirngible 1-4, R, K; Laher 1-3, SAC, 2 K; Guden 1-3, R, BB; Miller 1-3, R, RBI

Pitching: Retterath 4 1/3 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 3 K; McMurry 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, ER, 2 H, BB, K; Alexander L, IP, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, HB; Haynes 1/3 IP, H, K
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