Baseball: Florence coach LaPoint wins 400th career game

Bobcats beat White Lake 13-1 for milestone win

Dave LaPoint, Florence High School's head baseball coach for 46 years, recorded his 400th win Tuesday in a 13-1 win over White Lake. (The Daily News File Photo)

WHITE LAKE, Wis. — Florence’s Dave LaPoint reached a coaching milestone Tuesday when the Bobcats spilled White Lake 13-1 in a five-inning Northern Lakes Conference baseball game.

LaPoint, Florence’s head baseball coach for 46 years, posted his 400th career victory.

“It means I’ve had a lot of good players over the years and we’ve been pretty successful,” LaPoint said of his 400th win.

The win also ended a six-game losing streak for Florence, whose last win came April 23, also against White Lake.

With the Bobcats (2-6) are short on pitching, they turned to sophomore catcher Cody Reubens who held the Lakers to five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

“Cody did a heck of a job pitching,” LaPoint said. “Thank goodness, we’ve had so many games and because of the pitch count we were down to our fifth and sixth pitcher.”

Florence scored two runs in the first inning, three in the second, one in the third, three in the fourth and four in the fifth.

Florence’s Braden Boettcher tallied a double and single, and knocked in three runs. Kaden Schuls added a double while Toby Wheeler, Blake McLain and Tyler Novak each had two of the Bobcats’ 11 hits.

The game matched coaching veterans as White Lake coach and Hermansville native George Maule has been involved with baseball for 42 years.

The Bobcats visit Laona-Wabeno on Thursday.