Baseball: Niagara routs Elcho, advances in WIAA tourney

ELCHO, Wis. — Niagara limited its pitching staff Tuesday in beating Elcho 12-1 in five innings and advancing to a WIAA Division 4 regional baseball championship.

Wausaukee will host Niagara at 4:30 p.m. today for the regional championship.

Four Niagara pitchers threw no more than 30 pitches in their appearances, leaving everybody eligible for today’s regional final.

Anthony Hansen started and lasted 1 2/3 innings. Josh Weber pitched two innings, Landen Kaldor pitched an inning and Charlie Schaefer went 1/3 inning. They gave up a combined one run on seven hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

“We had to try to save our pitchers,” said Niagara coach Dean Neveau. “They were all underneath 30 pitches.”

The winning run came in the first inning when a single by Schaefer scored Weber. Weber’s double in the previous at-bat had scored Kaldor.

Elcho threatened with the bases loaded in the bottom of the first before Niagara escaped the jam with a flyout to left field.

The Badgers added four runs in the second when Elcho’s defense collapsed. Just one of Niagara’s runs in the inning came on a hit, a two-out double by Hansen.

The Hornets made six errors in the game.

Kaldor led the Badger bats against the Hornets with a 4-for-4 performance. He also scored four runs.

Schaefer was 3 for 4 with three RBIs for Niagara.

Both teams stranded seven runners on base.

“We had a hiccup with errors but other than that the kids played a wonderful game,” Neveau said.

Niagara and Wausaukee split two games this spring, with the Rangers winning in the regular season and the Badgers in the M&O tournament semifinals.

“Both top-notch pitchers will be available,” said Neveau, referring to the Badgers’ Anthony Hansen and the Rangers’ Matt Delfosse. “This should be a real battle.”

Niagara 243 030 — 12 13 2

Elcho 000 100 — 1 7 6

Wausaukee blanks Florence

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Wausaukee and the no-hit pitching of Andrew Schroeder eliminated Florence in a WIAA Division 4 baseball regional semifinal Tuesday,

The top-seeded Rangers scored 13 runs in the third inning and blanked the Bobcats 13-0 in five innings.

“There’s no doubt that Wausaukee is the number one seed (in the region),” said Florence coach Dave LaPoint.

Wausaukee pitcher Andrew Schroeder threw a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and two walks.

“They saved their big horse for Niagara,” said LaPoint, referring to Matt Delfosse and today’s regional final.

The Rangers will host the Badgers at 4:30 this afternoon for the regional championship. The winner advances to the sectionals. Niagara defeated Elcho 12-1 in five innings Tuesday.

Three Florence pitchers permitted 10 Wausaukee hits, walked 10 and struck out four.

“The walks absolutely killed us,” said LaPoint, noting seven in the third inning. “We played well the first two innings.”

Florence, a young team with just one senior in Mike Dishaw, winds up the season with a 5-9-1 record.

“Hopefully, we’ll have our young mistakes out of the way for next year,” LaPoint said. “Mike is a four-year player, a good young man and a fine example for anything.”