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Stratford baseball shuts out Athens

Posted on 22 May 2017 by paul

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STRATFORD – Lucas Heidmann threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout to help the Stratford baseball team to a 5-0 victory over Athens in a nonconference game Monday at the Tiger Stadium Baseball Field.

Stratford scored twice in the first inning and added three more in the third to provide Heidmann with more than enough support.

Heidmann struck out three and walked just one to earn the victory.

Dakota Singer and Devyn Palmer each had two hits and an RBI, and Dylan Schoenherr drove in a pair of runs for the Tigers (14-4).

Stratford finishes its regular-season schedule Thursday with a nonconference game at Pittsville. The Tigers will host a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal May 30 against the winner of Thursday’s game between Colby and Spencer.

Tigers 5, Bluejays 0
Athens 000 000 0 – 0 3 0
Stratford 203 000 x – 5 8 1
WP:
Lucas Heidmann. LP: Westfall.
SO: Westfall (4 inn.) 4, Johnson (2 inn.) 1; Lu. Heidmann 3. BB: Westfall 1, Johnson 1; Lu. Heidmann 1.
Top hitters: A, Williamson 2×3. S, Cole Hoffman 1×2, 2 runs; Dakota Singer 2×3, RBI; Devyn Palmer 2×3, RBI; Eli Drexler RBI; Dylan Schoenherr 1×3, 2 RBIs; Mark Handrick 2B.
Records: Athens 13-4; Stratford 14-4.

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Stratford baseball shuts out Auburndale

Posted on 19 May 2017 by paul

Stratford pitcher Lance Heidmann delivers to the plate during the Tigers’ win over Auburndale on Friday. Heidmann tossed three hitless innings to earn the save. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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STRATFORD – Stratford scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and that proved to be enough as it downed Auburndale 3-0 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Friday.

The game was the Marawood Conference South Division finale for both teams. Stratford is now 13-4 overall and finishes 9-3 and in a second place in the conference. Auburndale falls to 8-7 and ends up 5-7 in the Marawood South.

Stratford held Auburndale to just one hit in the victory, a single from Aaron Willfahrt.

Eli Drexler pitched the four innings to earn the victory and Lance Heidmann picked up the save with three hitless innings for the Tigers.

Dakota Singler, Devyn Palmer and Drexler had RBIs in the first inning for Stratford. Palmer finished 2-for-3.

Auburndale’s tournament schedule for Saturday has been canceled. The Apaches will wrap up their regular-season schedule with nonconference games at Nekoosa on Tuesday and at Athens on Thursday.

Stratford will play nonconference games at home against Athens on Monday and at Pittsville on Thursday.

Both teams open WIAA postseason action with Division 3 regional semifinals May 30 against teams to be determined.

Tigers 3, Apaches 0
Auburndale 000 000 0 – 0 1 2
Stratford 300 000 x – 3 5 2
WP:
Eli Drexler LP: Caleb Weinfurter. SV: Lance Heidmann.
SO: Weinfurter 2; Drexler (4 inn.) 2, Heidmann (3 inn.) 1. BB: Weinfurter 2; Drexler 2, Heidmann 2.
Top hitters: A, Aaron Willfahrt 1×2. ST, Dakota Singer RBI; Devyn Palmer 2×3, RBI; Drexler RBI.
Records: Auburndale 8-7, 5-7 Marawood Conference South Division; Stratford 13-4, 9-3 Marawood South.

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2017 WIAA spring baseball playoffs, regional schedule

Posted on 19 May 2017 by paul

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The brackets have been released for the 2017 WIAA spring baseball playoffs, which begin next week.

Play starts with regional quarterfinals in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 on Thursday, May 25. Regional semifinals in all divisions will be Tuesday, May 30, with regional finals in Divisions 2, 3 and 4 on Wednesday, May 31, and in Division 1 on Thursday, June 1.

Sectional semifinals and finals will be played on Tuesday, June 6, with the survivors advancing to the 2017 WIAA State Spring Baseball Tournament in Appleton on June 13-15.

Locally, Marshfield is the No. 7 seed in the Division 1 Sectional 1 bracket and will host No. 10 New Richmond in a regional semifinal May 30. The winner advances to a regional final at No. 2 Chippewa Falls. The sectional is June 6 at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point.

In Division 3, Stratford, Spencer and Auburndale are in the same Sectional 2 regional.

Stratford is the No. 1 seed and will host a regional semifinal May 30 against the winner of No. 5 Colby vs. No. 4 Spencer, which will be at Spencer High School on May 25.

Auburndale is the No. 2 seed in the same bracket and also earned a first-round bye. The Apaches will host the winner of No. 6 Abbotsford at No. 3 Marathon in a regional semifinal on May 30.

Marshfield Columbus Catholic is the No. 5 seed in the Division 4 Sectional 2 bracket and will play a regional quarterfinal at No. 4 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption. The winner moves on to a regional semifinal May 30 at No. 1 seed and Marawood Conference South Division champion Pittsville.

Here is a look at the entire WIAA baseball playoffs regional matchups:

2017 WIAA Spring Baseball Playoffs
Division 1
Sectional 1
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Menomonie at No. 8 Hudson
No. 12 Merrill at No. 5 River Falls
No. 11 Superior at No. 6 Wisconsin Rapids
No. 10 New Richmond at No. 7 Marshfield
Regional finals, June 1
Menomonie-Hudson winner at No. 1 Eau Claire North
River Falls-Merrill winner at No. 4 Stevens Point
Superior-Wisconsin Rapids winner at No. 3 Eau Claire Memorial
Marshfield-New Richmond winner at No. 2 Chippewa Falls
Sectional 2
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Ashwaubenon at No. 8 Green Bay Notre Dame
No. 12 Wausau East at No. 5 D.C. Everest
No. 11 Green Bay Southwest at No. 6 Rhinelander
No. 10 Pulaski at No. 7 Bay Port
Regional finals, June 1
Ashwaubenon-Notre Dame winner at No. 1 Green Bay Preble
D.C. Everest-Wausau East winner at No. 4 Green Bay East/West
Green Bay Southwest-Rhinelander winner at No. 3 De Pere
Bay Port-Pulaski winner at No. 2 Wausau West
Sectional 3
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Holmen at No. 8 Portage
No. 12 Sparta at No. 5 Onalaska
No. 11 Sauk Prairie at No. 6 Middleton
No. 10 La Crosse Logan at No. 7 Reedsburg
Regional finals, June 1
Holmen-Portage winner at No. 1 La Crosse Central
Onalaska-Sparta winner at No. 4 Waunakee
Middleton-Sauk Prairie winner at No. 3 Baraboo
Reedsburg-Logan winner at No. 2 Tomah
Sectional 4
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Appleton West at No. 8 Menasha
No. 12 Kaukauna at No. 5 West De Pere
No. 11 Appleton North at No. 6 Appleton East
No. 10 Manitowoc at No. 7 Neenah
Regional finals, June 1
Appleton West-Menasha winner at No. 1 Kimberly
West De Pere-Kaukauna winner at No. 4 Oshkosh West
Appleton North-Appleton East winner at No. 3 Oshkosh North
Neenah-Manitowoc winner at No. 2 Hortonville
Sectional 5
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Janesville Parker at No. 8 Fort Atkinson
No. 12 Madison La Follette at No. 5 Oregon
No. 11 Stoughton at No. 6 Madison Memorial
No. 10 Milton at No. 7 Elkhorn
Regional finals, June 1
Janesville Parker-Fort Atkinson winner at No. 1 Janesville Craig
Oregon-La Follette winner at No. 4 Beloit Memorial
Stoughton-Madison Memorial winner at No. 3 Verona
Elkhorn-Milton winner at No. 2 Madison West
Sectional 6
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Hartford at No. 8 DeForest
No. 12 Sheboygan South at No. 5 Watertown
No. 11 Slinger at No. 6 Sheboygan North
No. 10 Madison East at No. 7 Monona Grove
Regional finals, June 1
Hartford-DeForest winner at No. 1 Sun Prairie
Watertown-Sheboygan South winner at No. 4 Fond du Lac
Sheboygan North-Slinger winner at No. 3 Beaver Dam
Monona Grove-Madison East winner at No. 2 Oconomowoc
Sectional 7
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Milwaukee Pulaski/Arts/Carmen South/Juneau at No. 8 Milwaukee Bradley
No. 12 Milwaukee Washington/Collegiate Academy at No. 5 Milwaukee Hamilton/Audubon
No. 11 Milwaukee Vincent at No. 6 Milwaukee Madison/Carmen Northwest/Morse/Marshall/Languages/University Academy
No. 10 Milwaukee Bay View/Lifelong Learning at No. 7 Milwaukee South
Regional finals, June 1
Milwaukee Pulaski-Milwaukee Bradley winner at No. 1 Hartland Arrowhead
Milwaukee Hamilton-Milwaukee Washington winner at No. 4 Milwaukee King
Milwaukee Vincent-Milwaukee Madison winner at No. 3 Milwaukee Reagan
Milwaukee South-Milwaukee Bay View winner at No. 2 Milwaukee Riverside/Golda Meir
Sectional 8
Regional semifinals, May 30

No. 9 Racine Horlick at No. 8 Union Grove
No. 12 Racine Case at No. 5 Kenosha Indian Trail
No. 11 Racine Park at No. 6 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther
No. 10 Lake Geneva at No. 7 Westosha Central
Regional finals, June 1
Horlick-Union Grove winner at No. 1 Burlington
Indian Trail-Racine Case winner at No. 4 Wilmot
Racine Park-Kenosha Bradford/Reuther winner at No. 3 Waterford
Westosha Central-Badger winner at No. 2 Kenosha Tremper
Division 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Spooner at No. 4 Rice Lake
No. 6 Barron at No. 3 Northwestern
No. 5 St. Croix Central at No. 4 Osceola
No. 6 Amery at No. 3 Baldwin-Woodville
No. 7 Somerset at No. 2 Prescott
No. 5 Arcadia at No. 4 Altoona
No. 6 Bloomer at No. 3 Black River Falls
No. 5 Nekoosa at No. 4 Wisconsin Dells
No. 6 Wautoma at No. 3 Adams-Friendship
Regional semifinals, May 30
Spooner-Rice Lake winner at No. 1 Ashland
Northwestern-Barron winner at No. 2 Hayward
St. Croix Central-Osceola winner at No. 1 Ellsworth
Baldwin-Woodville-Amery winner vs. Somerset-Prescott winner
Altoona-Arcadia winner at No. 1 West Salem
Black River Falls-Bloomer winner at No. 2 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau
Nekoosa-Wisconsin Dells winner at No. 1 Mauston
Adams-Friendship-Wautoma winner at No. 2 Westfield
Sectional 3
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Richland Center at No. 4 Westby
No. 6 Dodgeville at No. 3 Viroqua
No. 5 Lodi at No. 4 Evansville
No. 6 McFarland at No. 3 River Valley
No. 5 Clinton at No. 4 Monroe
No. 6 Big Foot at No. 3 Edgerton
No. 5 Delavan-Darien at No. 4 Glendale Martin Luther
No. 6 East Troy at No. 3 Whitewater
Regional semifinals, May 30
Richland Center-Westby winner at No. 1 Prairie du Chien
Viroqua-Dodgeville winner at No. 2 Platteville
Lodi-Evansville winner at No. 1 Mount Horeb
River Valley-McFarland winner at No. 2 Madison Edgewood
Monroe-Clinton winner at No. 1 Beloit Turner
Edgerton-Big Foot winner at No. 2 Brodhead/Juda
Delavan-Darien-Martin Luther winner at No. 1 Waukesha Catholic Memorial
Whitewater-East Troy winner at No. 2 Racine Lutheran/Prairie School
Sectional 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Tomahawk at No. 4 Medford
No. 6 Northland Pines at No. 3 Lakeland
No. 5 Oconto Falls at No. 4 Clintonville
No. 6 Shawano at No. 3 Peshtigo
No. 5 Appleton Xavier at No. 4 Freedom
No. 6 New London at No. 3 Little Chute
No. 7 Wrightstown at No. 2 Waupaca
No. 5 Two Rivers at No. 4 Denmark
No. 6 Chilton at No. 3 Valders
Regional semifinals, May 30
Tomahawk-Medford winner at No. 1 Antigo
Lakeland-Northland Pines winner at No. 2 Mosinee
Clintonville-Oconto Falls winner at No. 1 Seymour
Peshtigo-Shawano winner at No. 2 Marinette
Xavier-Freedom winner at No. 1 Fox Valley Lutheran
Little Chute-New London winner vs. Waupaca-Wrightstown winner
Two Rivers-Denmark winner at No. 1 Luxemburg-Casco
Valders-Chilton winner at No. 2 Sturgeon Bay
Sectional 4
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Berlin at No. 4 Omro
No. 6 North Fond du Lac at No. 3 Winneconne
No. 5 Lakeside Lutheran at No. 4 Lake Mills
No. 6 St. John’s Northwest Military Academy/University Lake School at No. 3 Watertown Luther Prep
No. 5 Lomira at No. 4 University School of Milwaukee
No. 6 Hustisford/Dodgeland at No. 3 Mayville
No. 5 Milwaukee Messmer at No. 4 Milwaukee St. Thomas More
No. 6 Milwaukee St. Anthony at No. 3 Milwaukee Lutheran
Regional semifinals, May 30
Omro-Berlin winner at No. 1 Waupun
Winneconne-North Fond du Lac winner at No. 2 Ripon
Lake Mills-Lakeside Lutheran winner at No. 1 Columbus
Watertown Luther Prep-St. John’s/University Lake winner at No. 2 Jefferson
University School-Lomira winner at No. 1 Campbellsport
Mayville-Hustisford/Dodgeland winner at No. 2 Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Messmer-St. Thomas More winner at No. 1 Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee Lutheran-St. Anthony winner at No. 2 St. Francis
Division 3
Sectional 1
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 St. Croix Falls at No. 4 Grantsburg
No. 6 Luck/Frederic at No. 3 Clayton/Turtle Lake
No. 5 Washburn at No. 4 Cornell/Lake Holcombe
No. 6 Chetek-Weyerhaeuser at No. 3 Ladysmith
No. 7 Cameron at No. 2 Chequamegon
No. 5 Colfax at No. 4 Boyceville
No. 6 Glenwood City at No. 3 Spring Valley
No. 5 Fall Creek at No. 4 Mondovi
No. 6 Cadott at No. 3 Osseo-Fairchild
Regional semifinals, May 30
St. Croix Falls-Grantsburg winner at No. 1 Unity
Clayton/Turtle Lake-Luck/Frederic winner at No. 2 Cumberland
Washburn-Cornell/Lake Holcombe winner at No. 1 Phillips
Ladysmith-Chetek-Weyerhaeuser winner vs. Chequamegon-Cameron winner
Colfax-Boyceville winner at No. 1 Eau Claire Regis
Spring Valley-Glenwood City winner at No. 2 Elk Mound
Mondovi-Fall Creek winner at No. 1 Durand
Osseo-Fairchild-Cadott winner at No. 2 Stanley-Boyd
Sectional 3
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 6 Onalaska Luther at No. 4 Melrose-Mindoro
No. 6 Whitehall at No. 3 Neillsville
No. 5 Necedah at No. 4 Iowa-Grant
No. 6 Boscobel at No. 3 Brookwood
No. 5 New Glarus at No. 4 Parkview
No. 6 Cuba City at No. 3 Mineral Point
No. 5 Marshall at No. 4 Belleville
No. 6 Deerfield at No. 3 Waterloo
No. 7 Cambridge at No. 2 Poynette
Regional semifinals, May 30
Onalaska Luther-Melrose-Mindoro winner at No. 1 La Crosse Aquinas
Neillsville-Whitehall winner at No. 2 Cochrane-Fountain City
Necedah-Iowa-Grant winner at No. 1 Fennimore
Brookwood-Boscobel winner at No. 2 Lancaster
Parkview-New Glarus winner at No. 1 Darlington
Mineral Point-Cuba City winner at No. 2 Shullsburg/Benton
Belleville-Marshall winner at No. 1 Wisconsin Heights
Waterloo-Deerfield winner vs. Poynette-Cambridge winner
Sectional 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Colby at No. 4 Spencer
No. 6 Abbotsford at No. 3 Marathon
No. 5 Amherst at No. 4 Iola-Scandinavia
No. 6 Manawa at No. 3 Weyauwega-Fremont
No. 5 Crandon at No. 4 Laona/Wabeno
No. 6 Gillett/Suring at No. 3 Crivitz
No. 5 Shiocton at No. 4 Bonduel
No. 6 Menominee Indian at No. 3 Reedsville
Regional semifinals, May 30
Colby-Spencer winner at No. 1 Stratford
Marathon-Abbotsford winner at No. 2 Auburndale
Amherst-Iola-Scandinavia winner at No. 1 Wittenberg-Birnamwood
Weyauwega-Fremont-Manawa winner at No. 2 Stevens Point Pacelli
Crandon-Laona/Wabeno winner at No. 1 Coleman
Crivitz-Gillett/Suring winner at No. 2 Oconto
Shiocton-Bonduel winner at No. 1 Neenah St. Mary Catholic
Reedsville-Menominee Indian winner at No. 2 Brillion
Sectional 4
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Algoma at No. 4 Kewaunee
No. 6 Mishicot at No. 3 Manitowoc
No. 7 Manitowoc Roncalli at No. 2 Southern Door
No. 5 Montello at No. 4 Green Lake/Princeton
No. 6 Pardeeville at No. 3 Laconia
No. 5 Horicon at No. 4 Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs
No. 6 Whitefish Bay Dominican at No. 3 Brookfield Academy
No. 5 Racine St. Catherine’s at No. 4 Kenosha Christian Life
No. 6 Milwaukee Heritage Christian/Trinity Academy at No. 3 Shoreland Lutheran
Regional semifinals, May 30
Algoma-Kewaunee winner at No. 1 Gibraltar/Washington Island
Manitowoc Lutheran-Mishicot winner vs. Southern Door-Roncalli winner
Montello-Green Lake/Princeton winner at No. 1 Markesan
Laconia-Pardeeville winner at No. 2 Oshkosh Lourdes/Valley Christian
Horicon-St. Mary’s Springs winner at No. 1 Winnebago Lutheran
Brookfield Academy-Dominican winner at No. 2 Lake Country Lutheran
St. Catherine’s-Christian Life winner at No. 1 Palmyra-Eagle
Shoreland Lutheran-Heritage/Trinity winner at No. 2 Kenosha St. Joseph
Division 4
Sectional 1
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Winter at No. 4 Siren
No. 5 Solon Springs at No. 4 Hurley
No. 6 Bayfield at No. 3 Mellen
No. 5 Pepin/Alma at No. 4 Plum City
No. 5 Owen-Withee at No. 4 Bruce
No. 6 Flambeau at No. 3 Chippewa Falls McDonell
Regional semifinals, May 30
Winter-Siren winner at No. 1 Webster
No. 3 Northwood at No. 2 Shell Lake
Solon Springs-Hurley winner at No. 1 Drummond
Mellen-Bayfield winner at No. 2 Butternut/Mercer
Pepin/Alma-Plum City winner at No. 1 Clear Lake
No. 3 Prairie Farm at No. 2 Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran
Owen-Withee-Bruce winner at No. 1 Thorp
McDonell-Flambeau winner at No. 2 Gilman
Sectional 3
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Bangor at No. 4 Lincoln
No. 6 Blair-Taylor at No. 3 Augusta
No. 7 Coulee Christian/Providence Academy at No. 2 Eleva-Strum
No. 5 Weston at No. 4 Wonewoc-Center
No. 6 Hillsboro at No. 3 New Lisbon
No. 5 North Crawford at No. 4 Kickapoo
No. 6 La Farge at No. 3 Seneca
No. 5 Cassville at No. 4 Potosi
No. 6 Wauzeka-Steuben at No. 3 Riverdale
Regional semifinals, May 30
Bangor-Lincoln winner at No. 1 Independence/Gilmanton
Augusta-Blair-Taylor winner vs. Coulee Christian/Providence-Eleva-Strum winner
Weston-Wonewoc-Center winner at No. 1 Cashton
New Lisbon-Hillsboro winner at No. 2 Royall
North Crawford-Kickapoo winner at No. 1 De Soto
Seneca-La Farge winner at No. 2 Ithaca
Cassville-Potosi winner at No. 1 Highland
Riverdale-Wauzeka-Steuben winner at No. 2 River Ridge
Sectional 2
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Wausau Newman Catholic at No. 4 Northland Lutheran/Wisconsin Valley Lutheran
No. 6 Edgar at No. 3 Prentice
No. 5 Marshfield Columbus Catholic at No. 4 Wisconsin Rapids Assumption
No. 6 Port Edwards at No. 3 Greenwood
No. 7 Granton at No. 2 Loyal
No. 5 Elcho at No. 4 Florence
No. 6 Goodman/Pembine at No. 3 Wausaukee
No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena at No. 4 Sevastopol
No. 6 White Lake at No. 3 Bowler
Regional semifinals, May 30
Wausau Newman-Northland Lutheran winner at No. 1 Athens
Prentice-Edgar winner at No. 2 Rib Lake
Columbus Catholic-Assumption winner at No. 1 Pittsville
Greenwood-Port Edwards winner vs. Loyal-Granton winner
Elcho-Florence winner at No. 1 Phelps/Three Lakes
Wausaukee-Goodman/Pembine winner at No. 2 Niagara
Sevastopol-St. Thomas Aquinas/Lena winner at No. 1 Gresham
Bowler-White Lake winner at No. 2 Green Bay NEW Lutheran
Sectional 4
Regional quarterfinals, May 25

No. 5 Tigerton at No. 4 Tri-County
No. 6 Marion at No. 3 Wild Rose
No. 5 Randolph at No. 4 Hilbert/Stockbridge
No. 6 Fall River at No. 3 Rio
No. 7 Cambria-Friesland at No. 2 Living Word Lutheran
No. 5 Black Hawk at No. 4 Southwestern
No. 6 Belmont at No. 3 Argyle
No. 5 Monticello at No. 4 Faith Christian
Regional semifinals, May 30
Tigerton-Tri-County winner at No. 1 Almond-Bancroft
Wild Rose-Marion winner at No. 2 Rosholt
Randolph-Hilbert/Stockbridge winner at No. 1 Oakfield
Rio-Fall River winner vs. Living Word Lutheran-Cambria-Friesland winner
Black Hawk-Southwestern winner at No. 1 Pecatonica
Argyle-Belmont winner at No. 2 Barneveld
Faith Christian-Monticello winner at No. 1 Johnson Creek
No. 3 Williams Bay at No. 2 Burlington Catholic Central

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Stratford baseball wraps up second place in Marawood South with win over Northland Lutheran

Posted on 18 May 2017 by paul

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STRATFORD – Stratford scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning to break open a tie game and went on to defeat Northland Lutheran 5-2 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Thursday at home.

The game was tied 2-2 before the Tigers’ big inning allowed them to pull away.

Cole Hoffman earned the victory for Stratford pitching four hitless innings of relief with four strikeouts. He also had a double and two RBIs.

Lance Heidmann added a pair of hits and scored twice, and Mark Handrick had two singles as well for Stratford (12-4, 8-3 Marawood South).

The Tigers host Auburndale in both teams’ Marawood South finale on Friday at 4:45 p.m. Stratford has cemented its spot in second place in the conference standings behind champion Pittsville.

Tigers 5, Wildcats 2
Northland Lutheran 011 000 0 – 2 4 1
Stratford 002 003 x – 5 7 3
WP:
Cole Hoffman. LP: Bryson Bernarde.
SO: Bernarde (5 1/3 inn.) 5, David Gustafson (2/3 inn.) 0; Lucas Heidmann (3 inn.) 1, Hoffman (4 inn.) 4. BB: Bernarde 4, Gustafson 1; Lu. Heidmann 0, Hoffman 2.
Top hitters: S, Mark Handrick 2×4; Hoffman 2B, 2 RBIs; Dylan Schoenherr 2B, run; Lance Heidmann 2×3, 2 runs, RBI.
Records: Northland Lutheran 6-5, 5-5 Marawood South; Stratford 12-4, 8-3 Marawood South.

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Stratford baseball sends Pittsville to first Marawood South loss

Posted on 11 May 2017 by paul

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PITTSVILLE – The Stratford baseball team handed Pittsville its first loss in Marawood Conference South Division play with a dominating 16-2 win on Thursday at Pittsville High School.

Cole Hoffman and Lance Heidmann combined on a two-hitter, with Hoffman earning the win with three innings of work.

Stratford scored three runs in the first inning and added five more in the second to take control early.

Hoffman was 4-for-4 with a double and four runs scored, Dylan Schoenherr had two doubles and two RBIs, Dakota Singer had three hits and four RBIs, and Devyn Palmer and Heidmann each had three RBIs for the Tigers (10-4, 6-3 Marawood South).

Pittsville drops to 14-3 overall and 8-1 in the Marawood South.

Tigers 16, Panthers 2
Stratford 351 70 – 16 18 2
Pittsville 002 00 – 2 2 0
WP:
Cole Hoffman. LP: Peters.
SO: Hoffman (3 inn.) 2, Lance Heidmann (2 inn.) 1; Peters 5. BB: Hoffman 5, Heidmann 0; Peters 6.
Top hitters: S, Kade Ehrike 2 runs; Mark Handrick 2 runs; Hoffman 4×4, 2B, 4 runs, RBI; Dakota Singer 3×5, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; Devyn Palmer 3×3, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Dylan Schoenherr 2×4, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs; Andrew Bargender 3×3, 2 RBIs; Heidmann 1×4, 3 RBIs. P, Neve RBI; Masanz RBI.
Records: Stratford 10-4, 6-3 Marawood South; Pittsville 14-3, 8-1 Marawood South.

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Stratford baseball holds on to beat Assumption

Posted on 08 May 2017 by paul

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Stratford scored three times in the bottom of the sixth inning and held off a rally in the seventh to top Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 3-2 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Monday at Witter Field.

Assumption’s Ethan Peters and Stratford’s Lucas Heidmann were locked into a scoreless pitchers’ duel until the Tigers scratched out three runs in the sixth.

Dylan Schoenherr had an RBI single to score Cole Hoffman, and Andrew Bargender knocked in both Dakota Singer and Devyn Palmer to give Stratford a 3-0 lead.

Assumption (7-4, 4-3 Marawod South) scored twice in the top of the seventh on RBIs from Peters and Trevor Newton before Heidmann was able to wiggle out of the jam and preserve the victory for the Tigers (8-4, 4-3 Marawood South).

Heidmann struck out four and walked two in the complete-game effort for Stratford.

Stratford plays at Pittsville on Thursday.

Tigers 3, Royals 2
Assumption 000 000 2 – 2 8 1
Stratford 000 003 x – 3 5 1
WP:
Lucas Heidmann. LP: Ethan Peters.
SO: Peters 8; Lu. Heidmann 4. BB: Peters 3; Lu. Heidmann 2.
Top hitters: A, Tyler Mancl 2×3; Tyler Schmidt 2×3; Brandon Birkhauser 2B. S, Andrew Bargender 2 RBIs.
Records: Assumption 7-4, 4-3 Marawood South; Stratford 8-4, 4-3 Marawood South.

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Auburndale baseball knocks off Stratford

Posted on 04 May 2017 by paul

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AUBURNDALE – Auburndale scored five runs in the fourth inning and added two more in the fifth to top Stratford 7-1 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Thursday at Auburndale High School.

Stratford led 1-0 before the Apaches used the two big innings to pull away.

Caleb Weinfurter earned the victory for Auburndale (5-2, 2-3 Marawood South), scattering seven hits and three walks in six innings, and striking out four. Colton Wright tossed a scoreless seventh inning to finish off the win.

Auburndale made the most of its five hits and one walk. Logan Willfahrt, Ryan Isaacson, Aaron Willfahrt and Dylan Altmann had RBIs in the victory.

Stratford, which had five errors in the loss, is now 6-4 overall and 2-3 in the Marawood South.

Dakota Singer had two of the Tigers’ seven hits and drove in Lance Heidmann with their only run.

Auburndale plays at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Friday, while Stratford is off until Saturday when it hosts Wausau Newman Catholic for a doubleheader on Saturday.

Apaches 7, Tigers 1
Stratford 001 000 0 – 1 7 5
Auburndale 000 520 x – 7 5 2
WP:
Caleb Weinfurter. LP: Lucas Heidmann.
SO: Lu. Heidmann (3 2/3 inn.) 1, Eli Drexler (2 1/3 inn.) 3; Weinfurter (6 inn.) 4, Colton Wright (1 inn.) 1. BB: Lu. Heidmann 0, Drexler 1; Weinfurter 3, Wright 0.
Top hitters: S, Dakota Singer 2×4, RBI. A, Logan Willfahrt 1×4, RBI; Cason Schmutzer 1×2, run; Wright 1×3, 2 runs; Ryan Isaacson run, RBI; Aaron Willfahrt 1×3, RBI, run; Weinfurter 1×4, run; Dylan Altmann run, RBI.
Records: Stratford 6-4, 2-3 Marawood Conference South Division; Auburndale 5-2, 3-2 Marawood South.

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Stratford baseball doubles up Marathon

Posted on 02 May 2017 by paul

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MARATHON – Dylan Schoenherr had three hits and Kade Erike belted a home run to help the Stratford baseball team to a 10-5 win over Marathon in a Marawood Conference South Division game Tuesday at Marathon High School.

Stratford scored three times in the fifth inning and added three more in the seventh to bust open a tight game that was tied at 4-4 after four innings.

Cole Hoffman earned the victory for Stratford, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. Lucas Heidmann earned the save.

Mark Handrick and Lance Heidmann added two RBIs each for the Tigers (6-3, 2-2 Marawood South).

Stratford plays at Auburndale on Thursday.

Tigers 10, Raiders 5
Stratford 101 230 3 – 10 11 6
Marathon 101 200 1 – 5 7 4
WP:
Cole Hoffman. LP: Hunter Seubert. SV: Lucas Heidmann.
SO: Hoffman (5 1/3 inn.) 4, Lu. Heidmann (1 2/3 inn.) 0; Seubert (4 inn.) 3, Miles Williamson (3 inn.) 1. BB: Hoffman 4, Lu. Heidmann 0; Seubert 2, Williamson 1.
Top hitters: S, Kade Ehrike 2×3, 2B, HR, 2 runs; Mark Handrick 2 RBIs; Hoffman 2×3, 2B; Dylan Schoenherr 3×4, 2 runs; Dakota Singer 2B; Lance Heidmann 1×3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs. M, Anderson 3 runs; Seubert 2×4, 2 RBIs.
Records: Stratford 6-3, 2-2 Marawood Conference South Division; Marathon 5-5, 2-3 Marawood South.

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Northland Lutheran comes back twice to beat Stratford baseball

Posted on 28 April 2017 by paul

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KRONENWETTER – Northland Lutheran scored twice in the sixth and seventh innings to knock off Stratford 5-4 in a Marawood Conference South Division baseball game Friday.

Stratford took a 3-1 lead in the sixth before the Wildcats tied it with two runs in the bottom of the inning. After the Tigers scored in the top of the seventh, Northland Lutheran plated two in the bottom to win it.

Kade Ehrike went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs for Stratford. Eli Drexler and Lance Heidmann also had RBIs for the Tigers (5-3, 1-2 Marawood South).

Stratford hosts Wausau Newman Catholic on Monday.

Wildcats 5, Tigers 4
Stratford 000 021 1 – 4 5 3
Northland Lutheran 100 002 2 – 5 7 1
WP:
David Gustafson. LP: Lance Heidmann.
SO: Lucas Heidmann (5 1/3 inn.) 2, La. Heidmann (1 inn.) 1; Gustafson 4. BB: Lu. Heidmann 1, La. Heidmann 0; Gustafson 3.
Top hitters: S, Kade Ehrike 3×3, 2B, 2 RBIs. NL, Connor Schubring 2×4, 2 runs; Clas Schult 2×3, 2 RBIs.
Records: Stratford 5-3, 1-2 Marawood Conference South Division; Northland Lutheran 4-2, 3-2 Marawood South.

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Baseball preview: Pitching depth looks strong for Marshfield

Posted on 12 April 2017 by paul

Marshfield senior Jake Brueggen anchors a strong pitching staff for the Tigers. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

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By Paul Lecker
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For the second season in a row, the Marshfield High School baseball team will have a first-time head coach.

Jon Bauer replaces Shane Freitag as the Tigers’ manager and inherits a team that finished 13-13 overall and 6-6 in the Wisconsin Valley Conference.

Marshfield won its playoff opener before losing in a WIAA Division 1 regional final to Eau Claire North last spring.

After a few weeks of practice, the Tigers are scheduled to open their season with a nonconference doubleheader Thursday against Eau Claire North at Jack Hackman Field.

Bauer said he has been impressed with what he has seen so far this spring.

“I really like our work ethic,” Bauer said. “I think we’ll have enough good pitching necessary to compete with the new pitch count limits. Our hitting and fielding, hopefully, will be strengths as well.”

The WIAA passed a rule last summer that states a pitcher can throw up to 100 pitches in a day. Three days rest are then required before the player may pitch again. Pitchers who throw 1-30 pitches in a day will not require any rest; 31-49 pitches thrown requires one day rest; 50-75 mandates two days rest; and 76-100 pitches requires three days off before returning the mound.

Seniors Connor Jasurda, Jake Brueggen and Hunter Korger are expected to make up the starting pitching rotation, and Bauer said he will determine the rest as the season moves forward.

Seniors Aaron Braun and Logan Jakobi, juniors Branden Montalvo, Connor Berry, Austin Palacek, Tyler Spaeth, Mitch Wilhelm, and Jared Johnsrud, and sophomore Ryan Krueger will also compete for mound time for the Tigers.

Senior Paul Maguire will see time at catcher and in the outfield for the Tigers are earning first-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference honors in 2016 as a utility player. He hit .395 with 11 RBIs in conference play a year ago.

Senior outfielder Braden Bohman is also back for his third year on the varsity. He and Brueggen were honorable mention all-conference selections. Bohman hit .326 with 12 runs scored and five stolen bases, and Brueggen was 2-2 with a 4.03 earned-run average in Valley action.

Senior Jared Klein is also back for his third year on the varsity and will catch and play first base.

“Our expectations are to show up, show that we can play, show that we can improve as the season progresses, and show that we can be good teammates,” Bauer said. “I really like the effort this group demonstrates in practice every day.”

MARSHFIELD TIGERS
Coach:
Jon Bauer, first year.
Last year’s record: 13-13, 6-6 Wisconsin Valley Conference.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Merrill 10-2 in WIAA Div. 1 regional semifinal; Lost to Eau Claire North 7-0 in regional final.
Returning players: Braden Bohman, sr., OF; Jake Brueggen, sr., P/OF; Logan Jakobi, sr., IF; Connor Jasurda, sr., IF/P; Jared Klein, sr., C/1B; Hunter Korger, sr., IF/P; Paul Maguire, jr., C/OF; Austin Palacek, jr., P/IF.
Top newcomers: Aaron Braun, sr., P/OF; Austin Goode, sr., OF; Branden Montalvo, jr., C/P/IF; Connor Berry, jr., P/IF; Andy Goettl, jr., OF; Tyler Spaeth, jr., IF/P; Ryan Krueger, so., P/IF; Mitch Wilhelm, jr., P/IF; Jared Johnsrud, jr., P/IF.

AUBURNDALE APACHES
Coach:
Mark Brost, 13th season (124-86).
Last year’s record: 7-9, 6-6 Marawood Conference South Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Weyauwega-Fremont 3-1 in WIAA Div. 3 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Logan Willfahrt, sr., C; Cason Schmutzer, jr., LF; Ryan Isaacson, jr., 1B; Aaron Willfahrt, sr., CF/P; Caleb Weinfurter, sr., 2B/P; Cam Ertl, jr., RF/P; Colton Wright, so., SS/P; Dylan Altmann, 3B.
Top newcomers: Dalten Hoffman, jr., 2B/3B; Trayton Weister, so., 2B/3B; Cooper Weinfurter, fr., OF/2B; Steve Hartman 1B.
What the coach said: “Auburndale should be solid defensively and offensively,” Brost said. “Our pitching should be a strength as the season progresses. We hope to be one of the better teams in the Marawood South and compete for a conference championship.”

COLUMBUS CATHOLIC DONS
Coach:
Joe Seitz, 12th year (64-118).
Last year’s record: 7-12, 7-9 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Prentice 5-0 in WIAA Div. 4 regional quarterfinals.
Returning players: Tyler Fuerlinger, sr., SS/P; Charles Payant, sr.,P/C/3B; Ryan Dieringer, sr., 2B; Bailey Keffer, sr., P/OF; Noah Taylor, so., OF/3B/P; Bryce Fuerlinger, so., OF/P.
Top newcomers: Ethan Meece, so., OF/P; Will Boyer, OF; Jarred Mandel, so., C/3B/P; Evan Dieringer, so., 1B; Calvin Brown, so., utility.
What the coach said: “We have some younger kids who saw a lot of playing time last year, so they have some varsity experience and we have good upper class leadership,” Seitz said. “If we can develop more pitching this year, with the new pitch count rules, and play solid defense, we can be competitive in our conference.”

SPENCER ROCKETS
Coach:
Tim Buttke, first year.
Last year’s record: 13-6, 12-4 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Lost to Stratford 4-3 in WIAA Div. 3 regional semifinal.
Returning players: Hunter Luepke, jr., OF/P; Carson Hildebrandt, so., IF/C; Dom Wichlacz, IF/P; Caden Schillinger, jr., C/P; Tanner Kleinschmidt, so., IF/P; Lukas Ellefson, jr., OF.
Top newcomers: Brett Kasch, fr., IF/P; Darren Wilconne, IF/OF; Tyler Brandt, OF/IF.
What the coach said: “Since we will be very young we are just focused on getting better each day,” Buttke said. “Fortunately, we are talented. To be successful we need to consistently play up to our capabilities. I think our strength will be our 1-5 batters. Carson Hildebrandt has really impressed so far this spring. Dom Wichlacz and Caden Schillinger bring back some experience and they both have made great jumps from last year to this spring. Hunter Luepke is a fantastic athlete. The sky is the limit for him and he’s also an exceptionally high-quality young man.”

STRATFORD TIGERS
Coach:
Brad Grube, fourth year (34-28).
Last year’s record: 11-7, 8-4 Marawood Conference South Division.
2016 WIAA playoffs: Def. Colby 5-4 in WIAA Div. 3 regional quarterfinals; Def. Spencer 4-3 in regional semifinals; lost to Marathon 6-0 in regional final.
Returning players: Cole Hoffmann, sr., P/IF; Lucas Heidmann, sr., P/IF; Dakota Singer, sr., OF; Mark Handrick, jr., C; Andrew Bargender, jr., C; Eli Drexler, so., OF; Kade Ehrike, so., IF/P.
Top newcomers: Lance Heidmann, so., IF/P; Ty Pankratz, so., IF/P; Maverick Licciardi, so., IF/P; Dylan Schoenherr, so., IF/C; Connor Multerer, jr., IF; Tim Wenzel, jr., OF; Hunter Austin, jr., OF; Ryan Foley, so., IF.
What the coach said: “Our strengths will be our work ethic, defense, and baseball understanding,” Grube said. “We need to work on moving runners when they are in scoring position. We want to be competitive in all areas of baseball to give us the best chance to win.”

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