EagleHerald Sports Writer

PESHTIGO—The Peshtigo boys baseball team used a big second inning to pick up an 11-0 victory in four innings over Crandon in Thursday’s WIAA Division 3 Regional playoff game.

The Bulldogs plated seven runs in the second inning to build an insurmountable lead, while Jake Berth tossed four scoreless innings and limited Crandon to just two hits.

“At the beginning, my guys were so tight. We responded by capitalizing on Crandon’s errors and hitting the ball hard,” Peshtigo coach Neal Henrigillis said. “We hit a lot of nice, hard groundballs to put pressure on their defense.”

Momentum from the Bulldogs’ pressure seemingly carried into the third inning when Peshtigo scored four more runs, widening the gap to an 11-0 score through three innings.

“The hitting was great. I told the boys this was our best hitting game of the year. We scored 11, which is not the most runs we scored in game, but this was easily our best hitting game of the year,” Henrigillis said. My biggest thing is ‘just play one inning at a time’, so we put those seven runs on them, I told the boys ‘Let’s win the next inning’ and then the inning after that, we did.”

Preston Rehwinkle relieved Berth on the mound Peshtigo’s final inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced. He also walked one.

Leading the Bulldogs high-octane offense was Landon Lemke, who hit a double in the second inning before blasting a home run in the third.

Koby Cuyler added two RBIs while Zack Wallin and Will Boettcher crossed home plate twice. Carson Paris, Trevor Waters and Ryan Van Vooren all scored a run for the Bulldogs.

“One of the best things about our whole team is everyone is pulling for each other. That’s good to see and as a coach. I like to see that because it speaks to the characters of our players,” Henrigillis said. “We’ve been up and down this year, so it’s just good to see us perform well. This was just a good game all around.”

Peshtigo will play the No. 1 seeded Coleman Cougars on Tuesday and Henrigillis said the Bulldogs were eager to match up against an old foe.

“They are always a quality opponent. It’s an old Marinette and Oconto Conference rivalry between us and them. We’re hopefully going to roll tonight’s success into Tuesday’s game. I know they’ll bring all the tricks out and it should be a good game.”

Tuesday’s game begins at 4:30 p.m.

CRANDON— 000 00x x—0

PESHTIGO— 074 0xx x—11

WP— Berth 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Leading hitters (Peshtigo)—Lemke 2x3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Cuyler 1x3, 2B, 2RBI, 2 R; McMahon 1x2, HBP, R, 2 RBI;Boettcher 0x1, BB, 2 R; Van Vooren 0x1, BB, R; Wallin 0x3, BB, 2 R 1x3.

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