Rangers claim regional title
Saturday, June 07, 2014 12:00 AM
WAUSAUKEE — For four straight years, Wausaukee has claimed dominance in its WIAA Division 4 regional.
Behind strong pitching by Beau DeLaet and a great fourth inning, the Rangers defeated Sevastopol 9-3 to capture another regional championship.
“I’m very proud of this group,” Wausaukee coach Paul Moser said. “They’ve worked hard and are a great group to coach.”
The Pioneers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Drew Tanck.
Wausaukee’s offense got jump-started in the second inning.
Aaron Schlies led off with a single, Zach Orlando drew a walk and Bailey Brix laid down a perfect bunt which drove in Schlies on an error on the pitcher.
Orlando and Brix scored later in the inning on another error and a walk by Conner Kempinski, giving the Rangers a 3-1 lead.
Sevastopol cut the deficit to 3-2 in the third before Brix drove in DeLaet in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-2.
Wausaukee’s offense opened the game up in the fourth.
Conner Kempinski and Eddy Self reached base on back-to-back bunt singles to put runners on first and second.
After Brennan Gabriel reached base on a fielder’s choice, DeLaet smoked a single to right, scoring both Kempinski and Self. Orlando tomahawked a pitch to right two batters later to bring in Gabriel and pinch-runner Jimmy Mctrusty to put the Rangers up 8-2.
“That inning really hurt us,” Pioneer coach Jason Marggraf said. “We had some costly errors early in the game leading up to that and Wausaukee took advantage with some timely hits.”
The Pioneers scored a run in the fifth on an error at first, but Wausaukee answered back with a sacrifice fly by Self in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-3.
DeLaet worked almost to the end, giving way to Brett Zeutzius with two outs in the seventh.
DeLaet, who mixed his pitches well like he did all season, earned the victory, allowing three runs (two earned) on nine hits with nine strikeouts.”
“Beau battled,” Moser said. “He stepped up when we needed him to. His senior leadership showed today.”
Quin Schram suffered the loss for the Pioneers, allowing eight runs (five earned) on eight hits with five K’s in four innings.
“We’re a young team with only two seniors, so I’m happy with how far we got,” Marggraf said. “Wausaukee is a very talented, experienced team that’s well-coached. I give them a ton of credit and I hope they win it all.”
The Rangers advance to sectional play where they will face off against Niagara in the Division 4 Sectional Semifinal game on Tuesday in Tigerton at 1:30 p.m.
“We made it to state last year and there was some pressure coming into this year, but this group is just having fun,” DeLaet said. “Everyone is playing well right now. I think the bottom of the order was key for us today. We’re just taking it one game at a time and we’re all just staying loose and enjoying ourselves.”
WP — Beau DeLaet 6 2/3IP, 3R, 2ER, 9H, 1W, 9K
LP — Quin Schram 4IP, 8R, 5ER, 8H, 3W, 5K
Leading hitters (Wausaukee): Zach Orlando 2x3; Zach Zeutzius 2x3; Conner Kempinski 2x3; Aaron Schlies 2x4; DeLaet 1x3; Eddy Self 1x3; (Sevastopol): Drew Tanck 3x4; Schram 2x4
Wausaukee 031 410 x — 9
Sevastopol 101 010 0 — 3