Baseball: Niagara wins, makes M&O title game
WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Josh Weber drove in four runs to lead Niagara in a 7-4 win in the M&O Conference tournament over Wausaukee on Monday.
The No. 4-seeded Badgers scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game and force extras when Weber drove a two RBI-double to centerfield. He added an RBI single to cap Niagara’s three-run ninth for the win.
“Great game. The fans must’ve really enjoyed this one — shootout,” Niagara head coach Dean Neveau said. “It was a pitcher’s duel. There was a lot of strategy that had to be done by the coaches. We’re trying to work pitchers and all of that. It was a great game.”
The Badgers play at No. 2-seed Coleman today for the conference championship.
Neveau said Weber and the rest of his young team has stepped up throughout the shortened season with a chance to vie for the conference title.
“Josh played great this year,” Neveau said. “Can’t ask for more from him and Anthony Hansen, Landen Kaldor, Charlie Schaefer, all those guys. They all stepped up for being a younger team.”
Niagara starting pitcher Anthony Hansen dueled Wausaukee ace Matt Delfosse for nearly six innings. Hansen racked up 13 strikeouts to Delfosse’s 14.
Hansen walked one and Delfosse walked three. Hansen gave up a run on two hits. Delfosse conceded four runs on six hits.
Weber went 3 for 4 in the game with four RBIs. Leadoff hitter Kaldor also hit 3 for 4 and had two RBIs. He scored three times for Niagara and was stranded at third in the fifth inning.
“It was a real exciting game. It was awesome to coach it. I’m sure both teams’ fans really enjoyed that game,” Neveau said. “It’s a prelim of what’s probably going to come up for the regional championship. It’s a little bit of a confidence builder for our kids to beat a conference opponent. We can beat these guys — we just did it. Having all of our guys to play against them this time, it’s a big help.”
Niagara made three errors, a hiccup Neveau said the team has to clean up as mistakes in tournament games usually lead to runs scored.
“We did have some errors and that’s how they scored runs,” Neveau said. “It seems like every time you have an error, they score a run. Any time you give a guy a free base is an opportunity they’re going to score.”
Niagara 100 010 203 — 7 9 3
Wausaukee 100 021 000 — 4 7 2
LOB — Niagara 8, Wausaukee 9. ERR — Tristan
DeJardin, Anthony Hansen, Josh Weber, Aiden Shaw, Andrew Schroeder. 2B — Landen Kaldor, Weber, Hayden Renikow. 3B — Matt Delfosse. SACB — Zach Prideaux. SB — Prideaux,
Kaldor (2), DeJardin, Weber.
PB — Renikow (2). WP — Hansen, Matt Delfosse. SO — Ethan Sweig (5), Logan Carlson (2), Anthony Oslund (3), Prideaux (2), DeJardin (2), Hansen (3), Charlie Schaefer (3), Tyler Gruszynski, Renikow, Cole Caylor (3), Delfosse, Aiden Shaw (3), Kyle Struve (2), Schroeder (2), Justin Parr. BB — Carlson, Prideaux (2), Kaldor, Weber, Delfosse, Justin Parr.