Badgers fall to Coleman for 2nd place in M&O

COLEMAN, Wis. — Niagara got off to a shaky start and Coleman reaped the rewards in a 14-3 win for the M&O Conference title Tuesday.

The Badgers made two errors to start the game and the Cougars took the momentum and turned it into four runs on one hit.

Niagara made four errors in the game leading to four unearned runs.

“We had some errors. They led to runs,” Niagara head coach Dean Neveau said. “They hit the ball were our kids weren’t. We hit the ball where there kids were. When that happens, they score runs and we don’t.”

The Badgers put together a three-run third to shrink Coleman’s 8-0 lead. Zach Prideaux hit a two RBI-single and then Charlie Schaefer hit an RBI double.

But it was all the offense Niagara could gather. The Badgers were set down 1-2-3 in three of the five innings.

Tristan DeJardin started on the mound for Niagara and lasted an inning, giving up seven runs (three earned) on four hits with three walks. Schaefer pitched two innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Landen Kaldor pitched the final inning and gave up five runs on six hits with a strikeout.

Kaldor also had a single.

Despite the loss, Neveau said it’s still been a successful season. With a young team, the Neveau said he’s proud of a second-place finish.

“Second in M&O Conference this year, you have to be happy with that with a team as young as we have,” Neveau said. “Just wish we had a better showing tonight … The kids never did quit. I’m proud of them for that. Finishing second in the conference is great for this young crew.”

Seth Seefeldt pitched for Coleman and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Hunter Woulf, Cole Woulf, Zach Manning and Sam Kuchta each had two RBIs for the Cougars. Only one of Coleman’s hits was an extra-base hit — a fourth-inning RBI-double by Mason Risner.

Niagara’s run in the WIAA state tournament starts at 4:30 p.m. Thursday when the Badgers host White Lake.

Niagara 003 00 — 3 3 4

Coleman 441 5x — 14 16 2