Baseball regionals: Creek dumps
JOHNSON CREEK — Ean Reichert was 3-for-3 with a double and Lucas Sullivan had two RBIs for top-seeded Johnson Creek in a 6-3 win over second-seeded Burlington Catholic Central in a WIAA Division 4 regional final on Thursday at Firemen’s Park.
Justin Swanson earned the decision, allowing three earned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. Kaleb Hartwig preserved the team’s three-run and got the final four outs. He allowed one hit and got one strikeout to earn the save.
Johnson Creek (15-8) advances to the Oakfield sectional on Tuesday and will play Pecatonica in a semifinal at 12:30 p.m.
“Our kids played extremely well,” Johnson Creek assistant baseball coach Tim Wagner said. “Burlington Catholic Central is not only a good team, but a great program. It’s a compliment to our kids, who got down early, but fought back.
“Hats off to Swanson, who gutted it out on the mound, and to Ean Reichert, who had some clutch hits for us. It was a good team win. We are very proud of our kids.”
Bryce Henningsen, Bow Hartwig and Kaleb Hartwig each added an RBI for the Bluejays, who repeated as regional champions to earn a second straight sectional matchup with Pecatonica.
JOHNSON CREEK 6,
CATHOLIC CENTRAL 3
Cat. Central 012 000 0 — 3 10 2
Joh. Creek 013 200 X — 6 9 2
WP: Swanson LP: Huffman
Leading hitters — Koehnke (BCC) 2x3, Swanson (BCC) 2x4, Keeker (BCC) 2x3, Henningson (JC) 2x4, Reichert (JC) 3x3, K. Hartwig (JC) 2x4.
2B — Zirbel (BCC), Swanson (BCC), Keeker (BCC), Reichert (JC).
COLUMBUS 9, LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 8
COLUMBUS — Lakeside Lutheran erased an 8-0 deficit before falling on Randon Dauman’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh as host Columbus survived Thursday’s 9-8 Division 2 baseball regional final.
Columbus, ranked fourth in Division 2 by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association, built an 8-0 lead after four innings. Lakeside drew a pair of walks to start the fifth inning and after an error helped extend the inning, Alex Ryan got the Warriors on the board with an RBI groundout.
Dustin Pampel, who drove in five runs in Tuesday’s 7-5 win over Lake Mills, was at it again with a two-out, two run triple that cut the Columbus lead in half.
Pampel got another RBI in the seventh when he drew the last of four straight walks to start the inning. Carter Schneider followed with a two-run double and Jacob Freson grounded into a double play but it enabled the visitors to pull even.
Two Columbus batters were hit by pitches before Dauman’s hit won it. Lakeside, which went 9-3 in its last dozen games, finished its season at 12-6.
Columbus (14-2), which lost a 14-5 decision to Lakeside May 17, advances to face Jefferson at 1 p.m. in Brodhead for Tuesday’s sectional semifinal.
LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 8
Lakeside 000 040 4 — 8 5 3
Columbus 214 100 1 — 9 11 1
LP: M. Freson
Leading hitters — Casper (C) 2x3, Minnick (C) 2x4, Vujnovich (C) 2x3. 2B — Schneider (LL). 3B — Pampel (LL).