Archive | July, 2015

Ethan Finlay named to MLS All-Star team for Wednesday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur

Posted on 28 July 2015 by paul

Ethan Finlay

Ethan Finlay

This story is sponsored by: WDLB-AM 1450 and WOSQ-FM 92.3 radio

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ethan Finlay, a 2008 Marshfield High School graduate, was named as an injury replacement for the Major League Soccer All-Star team.

Finlay, a midfielder for the Columbus Crew SC, leads MLS with 12 assists and has also added seven goals this season. The Crew is 8-7-7 and in second place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference.

Finlay and Crew teammate Waylon Francis, a defender, were added to the 22-man gameday roster on Monday, and will join teammate Kei Kamara in the game as the MLS All-Stars play Tottenham Hotspur of the Barclays Premier League at 8 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be televised on Fox Sports 1.

Finlay and Francis are both first-time all-stars.

“It’s an incredible honor, it is extremely humbling,” Finlay said. “It is great after a great start of the first part of our campaign to be rewarded, as well as two other guys to be rewarded. I think it is a true testament to what we are doing here in Columbus.

“I was excited. I think I was speechless in the moment, I was pretty short on the phone with (Crew coach) Gregg (Berhalter) and I think he actually expected me to be a little more excited. He actually texted me a little bit after and sent me a nice little note, which was nice, but I was extremely excited. Most of the night I was kind of speechless, but like I said, it is a great honor.”

Finlay said he was quick to call his parents, Brent and Julie, with the news.

“My girlfriend happened to be sitting there and she knew something was up, but my first call was to my parents,” Finlay said. “My mom and my dad were actually up on vacation in Wisconsin for a family reunion, so word spread pretty quickly up there.”

The Columbus Crew SC communications department contributed information for this story.

Comments Off on Ethan Finlay named to MLS All-Star team for Wednesday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur

Marshfield Chaparrals drop road game at Westboro

Posted on 27 July 2015 by paul

UWMfld14Big

This story is sponsored by: The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County

MarshfieldAreaSports.com

WESTBORO – The Marshfield Chaparrals were held to five hits and dropped a 7-4 decision to the Westboro Trojans in amateur baseball action Sunday.

The Chaparrals walked eight times but left eight runners on base in the loss as they fall to 10-6 overall and 8-3 in the Dairyland League.

Ryan Metz suffered the loss, giving up seven runs, five of which were earned. He struck out five.

Sam Schwanebeck went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Marshfield.

The Chaparrals return to action Thursday with a non-league game at Plover.

Trojans 7, Chaparrals 4
Marshfield – 4 5 5
Westboro – 7 10 2
WP:
Kole Hartwig. LP: Ryan Metz.
SO: Metz (7 inn.) 5, Sam Schwanebeck (1 inn.) 2; Hartwig 3. BB: Metz 1, Schwanebeck 0; Hartwig 8.
Top hitters: M, Schwanebeck 2×4, HR, 3 RBIs. W, Marcus Klemm 2×4, 3 RBIs; Judd Hraby 2×4; Derek Niemi 2×4, 2B.
Records: Marshfield 10-6, 8-3 Dairyland League; Westboro not provided.

Comments Off on Marshfield Chaparrals drop road game at Westboro

Errors prove costly as Marshfield Post 54 drops Legion baseball regional final to Plover

Posted on 25 July 2015 by paul

Marshfield Post 54's Nolan Matson slides safely into third base after ripping a two-run triple during the ninth inning of the Blue Devils' 7-1 win over Plover on Friday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. Plover came back to beat Marshfield 8-3 in the second game to advance to next week's state tournament. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield Post 54’s Nolan Matson slides safely into third base after ripping a two-run triple during the ninth inning of the Blue Devils’ 7-1 win over Plover on Friday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. Plover came back to beat Marshfield 8-3 in the second game to advance to next week’s state tournament. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

ChapsadInside

This story is sponsored by: Marshfield Chaparrals Baseball

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

STEVENS POINT – A flood of physical and mental errors proved costly for the Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Senior American Legion baseball team on Friday in the Class AAA regional championship against defending state champ Plover.

Jake Brueggen allowed just one run in eight innings to pick up the win in a 7-1 victory for Marshfield in the first game at Bukolt Park on Friday to keep its season alive and set up a do-or-die matchup.

In the final game, however, Marshfield committed seven errors, including four in a costly four-run seventh inning that sent Plover to an 8-3 win and the regional title.

Plover (23-10) moves on to the Class AAA Wisconsin State American Legion Baseball Tournament in Watertown, which starts Tuesday. Marshfield ends its season with a 24-8 record, including a 2-4 mark against the Black Sox this summer.

“We got what we wanted out of pitchers,” Marshfield coach John Southworth said. “You couldn’t have had better pitching in both games. The second game, we have seven errors, and we didn’t do that all year. The bad thing about it was they weren’t tough plays, just missing routine plays. They’re (Plover) a good team anyway, and if you commit seven errors, put seven extra guys on, you can’t expect to beat a team like that.”

Marshfield struck first in Game 2 as Nathan Dupee led off the bottom of the first inning with a single, stole second, moved to third on a fly out and scored on an error.

Jameson Kryshak had a two-run single in the second to put Plover up 2-1 against Marshfield starting pitcher Jeremy Binder.

Jack Donahue had an RBI single to score Trevor Schwecke to tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the inning, before Plover surged ahead again.

Alex Slowey, who belted two home runs against Marshfield on Thursday, ripped another one to lead off the fourth, and a pair of errors led to a run in the fifth to give the Black Sox a 4-2 lead.

Marshfield got one back in the bottom of the fifth when Mitch Susa was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch. As it turned out, that would be the Blue Devils’ last run of the season.

Two errors and a walk loaded the bases for Plover in the seventh. A dropped fly ball allowed the first of four runs to score. D.J. Drohner followed with an RBI single, Matt McHugh walked with the bases loaded, and a bad throw back to the pitcher following a pitch gave the Black Sox another run to make it 8-3.

Cal Geise, who threw a nine-inning complete game on Thursday in an 8-6 win over Marshfield, came in to throw the final three innings to save it for starter Alex Lee. Geise struck out four and allowed just one base runner.

“The last two years, we’ve been really good,” Southworth said. “This region does very good in the state tournament (winning state four of the past eight years). Last year, the top two teams in the state – and it wasn’t even that close – were teams (Plover and Marshfield) from this region. I’m willing to bet that Plover and ourselves are two of the best eight teams in the state this year, but we’re 30 miles apart and we play each other (in the regional).”

In the opener, Marshfield needed a win to keep its season alive and it turned to Brueggen. The stout left-hander was magnificent, using an array of off-speed pitches to keep the big-hitting Black Sox at bay.

Brueggen allowed six hits and three walks over eight-plus innings before Bobby Pilz entered in the ninth. Plover scored its only run of the game on a groundout, but Pilz was able to strike out the final two batters to send Marshfield into the second game of the championship round.

“It’s just being able to throw the ball where they can’t hit,” Brueggen said. “Throw it outside. They’ve been on a roll, so I had to spot it. They’re a good hitting team.”

Nolan Matson had three hits, including a triple, and three RBIs, and Dupee, Sam Neville and Susa each had two hits in the win.

Matson’s triple came with two on and two out in the top of the ninth. Schwecke followed with an RBI single to give the Blue Devils’ three much-needed insurance runs.

“Jake stepped up, threw strikes, and it was a totally different scenario where we caught everything,” Southworth said. “We played good defense (no errors) in the first game, and you see the results.”

Marshfield’s 24-8 record ties the team record for winning percentage in a season (.750), which was set in 2003 when the Blue Devils finished 30-10. This season with fifth-straight season Marshfield had 20 or more wins.

Class AAA American Legion Baseball Regional Championship Round
Game 1
Blue Devils 7, Black Sox 1
Marshfield 200 100 103 – 7 11 0
Plover 000 000 001 – 1 7 0
WP:
Jake Brueggen. LP: Alex Slowey.
SO: Brueggen (8 inn.) 1, Bobby Pilz (1 inn.) 2; Slowey (6 1/3 inn.) 4, Nick Schroeder (2 1/3 inn.) 0, Kevin Jastromski (1/3 inn.) 0. BB: Brueggen 3, Pilz 1; Slowey 3, Schroeder 1, Jastromski 0.
Top hitters: M, Nathan Dupee 2×5, 2B, 2 runs; Sam Neville 2×4; Mitch Susa 2×5; Shane Coker 2 runs; Nolan Matson 3×4, 3B, 3 RBIs; Jack Donahue 2B. P, Cal Geise 2B; D.J. Drohner 2×3.

Game 2
Black Sox 8, Blue Devils 3
Plover 020 110 400 – 8 9 1
Marshfield 110 010 000 – 3 7 7
WP:
Alex Lee. LP: Jeremy Binder. SV: Cal Geise.
SO: Lee (5 inn.) 3, Nick Schroeder (1 inn.) 1, Geise (3 inn.) 4; Binder (4 1/3 inn.) 2, Shane Coker (1 2/3 inn.) 0, Bobby Pilz (3 inn.) 1. BB: Lee 2, Schroeder 0, Geise 0; Binder 1, Coker 3, Pilz 1.
Top hitters: P, Jon Barnes 2 runs; Geise 2×4; Alex Slowey 2×4, HR, 3 runs. M, Trevor Schwecke 2×4, 2B; Nate McDonald 2×4.
Records: Plover 23-10; Marshfield 24-8.

2015 Class AAA American Legion Baseball Regional
July 21-24, at Bukolt Park, Stevens Point
Tuesday, July 21

Plover 14, D.C. Everest 4
Marshfield 17, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Stevens Point 5, Wausau 4
Wednesday, July 22
D.C. Everest 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4 (10 inn.)
Plover 8, Wausau 7 (11 inn.)
Marshfield 13, Stevens Point 5
Thursday, July 23
D.C. Everest 11, Stevens Point 10
Plover 8, Marshfield 6
Marshfield 18, D.C. Everest 0
Friday, July 24
Championship Round

Marshfield 7, Plover 1
Plover 8, Marshfield 3 (Plover advances to Class AAA state tournament at Watertown on July 28-31)

Comments Off on Errors prove costly as Marshfield Post 54 drops Legion baseball regional final to Plover

Marshfield Post 54 bounces back from tough loss to Plover and hammers Everest to stay alive in Legion regional

Posted on 24 July 2015 by paul

Marshfield Post 54 third baseman Mitch Susa fields a bunt and throws Plover's Keegan Johnston during a regional game Thursday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield Post 54 third baseman Mitch Susa fields a bunt and throws Plover’s Keegan Johnston during a regional game Thursday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

BoosterClub

This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

STEVENS POINT – Following a heartbreaking 8-6 loss in the bottom of the ninth inning to Plover on Thursday, the Marshfield Clinic Post 54 American Legion baseball team had to no time to sulk as it turned its attention to D.C. Everest in an elimination game just 20 minutes later.

Marshfield quickly put to bed the thought of a possible emotional hangover as it scored eight times in the bottom of the first inning and rolled to an 18-0 victory over the Evergreens to keep its state tournament hopes alive.

Marshfield (23-7) will play Plover (22-9) in the Class AAA regional championship game at 5 p.m. Friday at Bukolt Park. If the Blue Devils win, the two teams will play again in the double-elimination tournament, with the survivor qualifying for next week’s Class AAA Wisconsin State American Legion Tournament in Watertown.

“It was a tough way to the lose the first game, quite frankly, we gave Plover some runs in the first two innings that came back to haunt us, but we were afraid of was that we’d have nothing for the second game,” Marshfield coach John Southworth said. “We talked afterwards is the way to get that out of your system is to shut them out in the first and score some runs. Obviously, it worked out perfect.”

All nine starters, and 12 Blue Devils in all, had at least one hit and seven different players drove in at least one run in the victory over Everest, which stayed alive earlier Thursday with a thrilling 11-10 win over Stevens Point in which they scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win it.

Marshfield had six consecutive hits with one out in the first, with Shane Coker, Nolan Matson, Nate McDonald and Logan Johnson delivering RBI singles, and Jack Donahue crushing a bases-loaded double to plate three runs.

Coker, Matson and McDonald each had three hits, with McDonald and Coker finishing with three RBIs. Mitch Susa and Johnson both had two this and two RBIs, and Nathan Dupee and Jake Brueggen also had two hits apiece for Marshfield.

The Blue Devils had seven doubles and a triple among their team-record 23 hits in the win. The previous record of 22 was set against Stevens Point in 1984.

“You can’t get them all in the lineup sometimes,” Southworth said of his deep hitting talent. “It’s tough on the guys and tough on the coach, but I guess you could say it’s a good problem to have.”

Donahue struck out nine in five innings to earn the victory on the mound, and combined with Scott Berg on the four-hit shutout, which ended in seven innings due to the 10-run rule.

In the opener, Plover and Marshfield entered with 2-0 records in the regional, and as could be expected, the game went down to the final pitch.

Alex Slowey cracked a two-run home run to left field in the first and Jon Barnes had an RBI single in the second to put Plover up 3-0 early against Marshfield starter Sam Neville. A pair of errors led to Slowey even getting to the plate in the first.

Marshfield got one back in the fourth when Neville doubled and scored on an infield single by Coker, but the Blue Devils gave two back to the Black Sox in the bottom of the inning.

Jameson Kryshak had an RBI single and a two-out error allowed another run to score to put Plover up 5-1.

From there, Neville was superb, giving up only one more run and only two hits over the next four innings. In the meantime, Marshfield clawed back into the game.

Neville, Coker and Trevor Schwecke had RBIs singles in the sixth, and Logan Johnson smashed a solo home run in the seventh to tie the game at 5-5.

A sacrifice fly by D.J. Drohner put the Black Sox back up 6-5 after seven, before Marshfield again tied it when Susa scored on Nolan Matson’s sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Marshfield stranded a runner on second in the ninth before Plover put an end to the game in dramatic fashion.

A one-out error allowed Tyler Nalback to reach, and after a fly out, Slowey hit his second home run of the game to center field, sending Plover, the defending state champion, into the regional championship game.

Cal Geise earned the complete-game win for the Black Sox, striking out 10 without a walk.

The Blue Devils now turn their attention to Friday, where it is win or go home for the rest of the summer.

“We’re going to plan on playing two games,” Southworth said. “We have three or four guys that haven’t pitched. (Jeremy) Binder pitched Tuesday and he can come back, I’m sure Jack can pitch, I’m sure Bobby (Pilz) can go some. I’m not really worried about the pitching part of it. I’m glad we’re coming back here to play Plover tomorrow. I think we’ll put up some runs, we’ll just see what happens.”

Black Sox 8, Blue Devils 6
Marshfield 000 103 110 – 6 10 5
Plover 210 200 102 – 8 9 1
WP:
Cal Geise. LP: Shane Coker.
SO: Sam Neville (8 inn.) 5, Coker (2/3 inn.) 0; Geise (9 inn.) 10. BB: Neville 1, Coker 0; Geise 0.
Top hitters: M, Neville 2×5, 2B, 2 runs; Mitch Susa 2 runs; Coker 2×4, 2 RBIs; Trevor Schwecke 2×4; Logan Johnson 3×4, HR, 2 runs. P, Geise 2 runs; Alex Slowey 3×5, 2 HRs, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; Matt McHugh 2 runs; Jameson Kryshak 2×4.
Records: Marshfield 22-7; Plover 22-9.

Blue Devils 18, Evergreens 0
D.C. Everest 000 000 0 – 0 4 2
Marshfield 821 403 x – 18 23 1
WP:
Jack Donahue. LP: Tre Lemmer.
SO: Lemmer (1 inn.) 0, Adam Budnick (3 inn.) 1, Austin Wolff (2 inn.) 1; Donahue (5 inn.) 9, Scott Berg (2 inn.) 1. BB: Lemmer 1, Budnick 2, Wolff 0; Donahue 2, Berg 1.
Top hitters: M, Nathan Dupee2x4, 2 runs; Neville 2B, 3 runs; Susa 2×5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Coker 3×4, 2B, 3 RBIs; Nolan Matson 3×3, 2B, 2 runs; Schwecke 2×5, 2B, 2 runs; Nate McDonald 3×3, 3B, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Jake Brueggen 2×2, 2B; Johnson 2×3, 2B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Donahue 2B, 3 RBIs.
Records: D.C. Everest 4-17; Marshfield 23-7.

2015 Class AAA American Legion Baseball Regional
July 21-24, at Bukolt Park, Stevens Point
Tuesday, July 21

Plover 14, D.C. Everest 4
Marshfield 17, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Stevens Point 5, Wausau 4
Wednesday, July 22
D.C. Everest 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4 (10 inn.)
Plover 8, Wausau 7 (11 inn.)
Marshfield 13, Stevens Point 5
Thursday, July 23
D.C. Everest 11, Stevens Point 10
Plover 8, Marshfield 6
Marshfield 18, D.C. Everest 0
Friday, July 24
Championship: Marshfield vs. Plover, 5 p.m. (if Marshfield wins, teams will play again for regional title)

Comments Off on Marshfield Post 54 bounces back from tough loss to Plover and hammers Everest to stay alive in Legion regional

Marshfield alumnus Ethan Finlay’s star is rising for MLS’ Columbus Crew

Posted on 23 July 2015 by paul

Columbus Crew SC midfielder Ethan Finlay, left, a 2008 Marshfield High School graduate, chases down the New York Red Bulls' Anatole Abang during a recent MLS game. Finlay leads the MLS in assists with 11 through 21 games. (Photo courtesy of Sean Duffy/Columbus Crew SC)

Columbus Crew SC midfielder Ethan Finlay, left, a 2008 Marshfield High School graduate, chases down the New York Red Bulls’ Anatole Abang during a recent MLS game. Finlay leads the MLS in assists with 11 through 21 games. (Photo courtesy of Sean Duffy/Columbus Crew SC)

This story is sponsored by Victory Apparel

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ethan Finlay accomplished a childhood dream of playing Major League Soccer when he was drafted by the Columbus Crew SC back in 2012.

After seeing minimal playing time in his first two seasons, Finlay caught his big break last season. He played in 29 games for the Crew, starting 21, and scored 11 goals as Columbus made the MLS playoffs.

Now, the 2008 Marshfield High School graduate is a key cog for one of the top offenses in MLS.

Finlay leads the MLS with 11 assists and is second on the Crew with six goals as the team is 8-7-6 and in second place in the Eastern Conference. Columbus’ 31 goals this season is the second-most in the league.

After not scoring a point (goal or assist) in his first 34 games with the Crew, Finlay has logged 17 goals and 18 assists in his past 50 games, which includes starting all 21 games this season.

“The first two years were difficult,” Finlay said. “Any young player goes through growing pains. We went through a coaching change (prior to the 2014 season) and I was able to fit into the new system.”

While Finlay was kicking around the Marshfield youth leagues and the U.S. Olympic Development Program teams throughout the Midwest prior to his stellar high school career at Marshfield, he said he set a goal of playing in the MLS.

After scoring a school-record 98 goals in four seasons at Marshfield High School, Finlay played collegiately at Creighton University, where he was a was a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-America pick and two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, and helped the Bluejays reach the NCAA tournament final four in 2011.

Finlay was drafted 10th by the Crew in the 2012 MLS Draft and the rest is history.

“I knew it was going to take hard work,” Finlay said, looking back at the time he set such a big goal. “I knew it was going to take tremendous effort and sacrifice to get to that level. My parents (Brent and Julie) sacrificed a lot for me. They really gave me a strong work ethic that has me always wanting more. I still have a lot of goals in front of me.”

Finlay’s biggest goal, he said, is to hoist the MLS Cup.

“Winning the MLS Cup is the reason everyone plays this sport,” he said. “Whether I’m a starter or the 28th guy on the roster, being part of a championship is something I want to be a part of.”

As part of the one of MLS’ most prolific offenses, Finlay, who turns 25 years old on Aug. 6, said he thinks the Crew could be on their way building something special.

“It’s unique that we are all on the same page and the kind of relationship where we read each other so easily,” Finlay said of his teammates. “Kei Kamara is the best scorer in the league – 14 goals is just incredible at this point in the season. Federico (Higuain) is one of the best players in the league. We have Justin Meram and Tony Tchani – we have threats all over the front four and one of the best goalkeepers (Steve Clark).”

Columbus hosts Toronto FC in an important Eastern Conference game on Saturday. The Crew is just one point ahead of the New York Red Bulls and three in front of Toronto and the New England Revolution with 13 games remaining. The season ends Oct. 25, with the top six teams in each conference qualifying for the MLS playoffs.

“We have a lethal team,” Finlay said. “We have to sure up our defense, front to back, and I think we’ll be able to do that and be successful.”

For more on Finlay and the Columbus Crew, check out columbuscrewsc.com.

Comments Off on Marshfield alumnus Ethan Finlay’s star is rising for MLS’ Columbus Crew

Offense stays hot as Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Legion baseball cruises to another regional win

Posted on 23 July 2015 by paul

This story is sponsored by Forward Financial Bank

MarshfieldAreaSports.com

STEVENS POINT – The Marshfield Clinic Post 54 baseball team rolled to another victory in the Class AAA American Legion regional at Bukolt Park on Wednesday, blasting host Stevens Point 13-5 to improve to 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament.

Bobby Pilz earned the win for the Blue Devils (22-6), allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. Jake Brueggen picked up the save as he gave up just one run over the final 3 2/3 innings. Pilz is now 8-0 this season and tied a pair of Marshfield team records with the victory Wednesday. His eight wins ties Jack Donahue (2014) and Craig Haffenbredl (2001) for the most in a season, and his eight-consecutive wins ties Donahue’s mark that he set last year.

Donahue smacked a home run, walked three times and scored four runs for Marshfield. Donahue also hit a home run in the Blue Devils’ 17-2 win over Wisconsin Rapids in their regional opener on Tuesday.

Logan Johnson and Sam Neville had RBI singles to key a four-run second inning to push Marshfield ahead.

Stevens Point scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to close to within 5-4 before the Blue Devils put the game away with five runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh.

The Sixers had four errors in the sixth-inning uprising, that included Donahue’s home run and a two-RBI single by Nolan Matson.

Marshfield moves on to a winners’ bracket game against Plover (21-9) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The winner moves into the championship round on Friday, while the loser will play again at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the Stevens Point-D.C. Everest game, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Plover outlasted Wausau 8-7 in 11 innings earlier Wednesday, while Everest beat Wisconsin Rapids 5-4 in 10 innings. Wausau and Rapids were eliminated from the tournament.

The champion of the tournament qualifies for the Class AAA Wisconsin State American Legion Baseball Tournament on July 28-31 at Watertown.

This story will be updated when complete statistics are provided.

Blue Devils 13, Sixers 5
Stevens Point 000 220 010 – 5
Marshfield 040 105 30x – 13
WP:
Bobby Pilz (5 1/3 inn.). LP: Aaron Nickel. SV: Jake Brueggen (3 2/3 inn.).
Records: Stevens Point 16-11; Marshfield 22-6.

2015 Class AAA American Legion Baseball Regional
July 21-24, at Bukolt Park, Stevens Point
Tuesday, July 21

Plover 14, D.C. Everest 4
Marshfield 17, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Stevens Point 5, Wausau 4
Wednesday, July 22
D.C. Everest 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4 (10 inn.)
Plover 8, Wausau 7 (11 inn.)
Marshfield 13, Stevens Point 5
Thursday, July 23
D.C. Everest vs. Stevens Point, 1:30 p.m.
Plover vs. Marshfield, 4:30 p.m.
Winner of 1:30 p.m. game vs. Loser of 4:30 p.m. game, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 24
Championship games, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. (if necessary)

Comments Off on Offense stays hot as Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Legion baseball cruises to another regional win

Marshfield Clinic Post 54 rolls past Wisconsin Rapids in Legion baseball regional opener

Posted on 21 July 2015 by paul

Marshfield Post 54 catcher Nolan Matson tags out Wisconsin Rapids' A.J. Weiss to end the first inning during Tuesday's Legion regional game at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. Marshfield pitcher Jeremy Binder is backing up the play. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

Marshfield Post 54 catcher Nolan Matson tags out Wisconsin Rapids’ A.J. Weiss to end the first inning during Tuesday’s Legion regional game at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. Marshfield pitcher Jeremy Binder is backing up the play. (Photo by Paul Lecker/MarshfieldAreaSports.com)

This story is sponsored by: WDLB-AM 1450 and WOSQ-FM 92.3 radio

By Paul Lecker
MarshfieldAreaSports.com

STEVENS POINT – The Marshfield Clinic Post 54 baseball team unleashed its high-powered offense, pounding out 19 hits in a 17-2 rout of Wisconsin Rapids in the opening game of the 2015 Class AAA American Legion Regional at Bukolt Park on Tuesday.

After falling behind 1-0, Marshfield scored multiple runs in four-straight innings, including seven in the fifth, to roll to the victory in seven innings via the 10-run rule.

Marshfield (21-6) will play Stevens Point (16-10) in a second-round matchup at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the double-elimination tournament. The tournament continues Thursday and wraps up Friday night.

Each of the Blue Devils’ nine starters had at least one hit and eight of the nine scored at least once.

Jack Donahue, Nate McDonald and Sam Neville each had three hits, with Donahue smacking a home run and a two-run double, McDonald scoring five times, and Neville driving in five runs for Marshfield.

“One through nine, and actually 10 and 11 and guys on the bench, we have some pretty good hitters this year,” Marshfield coach John Southworth said. “We started out a little slow, hit some balls hard that were caught, but they stuck with it and we started hitting some pitches up and running the bases.”

Jeremy Binder gutted out a complete game for the Blue Devils. He gave up 12 hits, but did not walk a batter and struck out three. Of equal importance, Binder was able to save the rest of the Marshfield pitching staff for the tournament’s upcoming games by going the distance.

“Before the game I told Jeremy not to be too fine, we’re going to put a really good defense out there and to just throw strikes,” Southworth said. “That’s what he did.”

Marshfield got the bats going in the third as McDonald doubled, moved to third on a single by Logan Johnson, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Dupee. Mitch Susa added an RBI double to put the Blue Devils up 2-1.

Donahue drilled a home run down the left field line with one out in the fourth and Neville had a two-run double to make it 5-1. Neville’s hit was a hard shot that took a wicked hop over the shortstop’s head and rolled into the left-center field gap to score McDonald and Johnson.

“We all try to get our pitch and hit it hard,” Donahue said. “I was actually looking for an outside pitch or some sort. I saw it was in on my hands, so I got my hands through and hit it hard.”

The Blue Devils put the game away in the fifth. Donahue had a double with the bases loaded to score a pair, McDonald followed with an RBI single, and after a strike out, Dupee had an RBI single to make it 9-1 and chase Wisconsin Rapids’ starter Derek Krzykowski.

Marshfield scored three more runs with the help of an error, a sacrifice fly RBI by Shane Coker, and a wild pitch.

Neville cleared the bases with a three-run double with two outs in the sixth, and McDonald walked and scored on an error in the seventh to finish the scoring.

“I’m expecting a lot closer games and we’re going to be playing some better teams,” Donahue said. “They’re going to save their better pitchers for us.”

Blue Devils 17, Rangers 2
Marshfield 002 374 1 – 17 19 1
Wisconsin Rapids 100 001 0 – 2 12 4
WP:
Jeremy Binder. LP: Derek Krzykowski.
SO: Binder (7 inn.) 3; Krzykowski (4 1/3 inn.) 3, Caleb Zwicke (1 2/3 inn.) 1, A.J. Weiss (1 inn.) 1. BB: Binder 0; Krzykowski 2; Zwicke 2, Weiss 2.
Top hitters: M, Sam Neville 3×5, 2 2Bs, 3 runs, 5 RBIs; Mitch Susa 2×6, 2B; Shane Coker 2×3, 2 RBIs; Nolan Matson 2×5; Trevor Schwecke 2×5, 2 runs; Jack Donahue 3×4, 2B, HR, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Nate McDonald 3×3, 2B, 2 BBs, 5 runs. WR, Krzykowski 2×4; Weiss 2×4; Austin Erdman 2B; Caleb Krommenakker 2×2; Colby Wolff 2×3.

2015 Class AAA American Legion Baseball Regional
July 21-24, at Bukolt Park, Stevens Point
Tuesday, July 21

Plover 14, D.C. Everest 4
Marshfield 17, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Stevens Point 5, Wausau 4
Wednesday, July 22
D.C. Everest vs. Wisconsin Rapids, 1:30 p.m.
Plover vs. Wausau, 4:30 p.m.
Marshfield vs. Stevens Point, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 23
If Plover defeats Wausau:

Everest-Rapids winner vs. Marshfield-Point loser, 1:30 p.m.
Plover vs. Marshfield-Point winner, 4:30 p.m.
Winner of 1:30 p.m. game vs. Loser of 4:30 p.m. game, 7:30 p.m.
If Wausau defeats Plover:
Everest-Rapids winner vs. Wausau, 1:30 p.m.
Plover vs. Marshfield-Point loser, 4:30 p.m.
Marshfield-Point winner vs. 1:30 p.m. game winner, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 24
Championship games, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. (if necessary)

Comments Off on Marshfield Clinic Post 54 rolls past Wisconsin Rapids in Legion baseball regional opener

Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Legion baseball team closes regular season with blowout win at Wausau

Posted on 16 July 2015 by paul

UWMfld14Big

This story is sponsored by: The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County

MarshfieldAreaSports.com

WAUSAU – The Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Senior American Legion baseball team halted a short two-game losing skid with a resounding 14-2 win over Wausau on Thursday at Athletic Park.

Sam Neville had four hits and four RBIs to lead the offensive onslaught for the Blue Devils, who finish their regular-season schedule with a 20-6 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the Wisconsin Valley Legion League.

Logan Johnson had three hits, and Nolan Matson and Mitch Susa each had two hits and four RBIs for Marshfield.

Bobby Pilz earned the win on the mound.

Marshfield is off until it begins Class AAA regional action on Tuesday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. The Blue Devils will play Wisconsin Rapids in their first-round matchup. The double-elimination tournament, with a berth in the state Class AAA tournament in Watertown on the line, will continue through Friday, July 24.

Comments Off on Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Legion baseball team closes regular season with blowout win at Wausau

Marshfield Post 54 Senior Legion loses at Stevens Point

Posted on 16 July 2015 by paul

ChapsadInside

This story is sponsored by: Marshfield Chaparrals Baseball

MarshfieldAreaSports.com

STEVENS POINT – The Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Senior American Legion baseball team dropped its second-straight game, falling 11-1 to Stevens Point in a Wisconsin Valley Legion League game Wednesday night at Bukolt Park.

Marshfield committed five errors in the loss and falls to 19-6 overall and 8-3 in the WVLL.

Mitch Susa suffered the loss for the Blue Devils, who were scheduled to finish their regular-season schedule Thursday at Wausau.

Aaron Nickel had a complete-game win on the mound for the Sixers.

Comments Off on Marshfield Post 54 Senior Legion loses at Stevens Point

Marshfield Chaparrals whip Merrill to win home finale

Posted on 16 July 2015 by paul

BoosterClub

This story is sponsored by: The Marshfield Tiger Booster Club

MarshfieldAreaSports.com

MARSHFIELD – The Marshfield Chaparrals amateur baseball team wrapped up the home portion of its schedule with a 7-2 win over the Merrill Rangers in a Dairyland League game Wednesday at Jack Hackman Field.

Ryan Metz threw a complete game, scattering seven hits. He struck out seven and walked four to earn the win.

Alex Steines had a home run and two RBIs, and Justin Rayburn, Luke Wirtz, and Lucious Messerschmidt each had two hits for the Chaparrals (10-5 overall, 8-2 Dairyland League). Wirtz also drove in two runs.

Marshfield will enjoy a 10-day break before returning to action Sunday, July 26, at Westboro.

Comments Off on Marshfield Chaparrals whip Merrill to win home finale

Total Electric
All Insurance
Hub City Times
Victory Apparel
Business Sponsors
UW-Marshfield/Wood County
Marshfield Tigers Booster Club
WDLB/WOSQ Radio
Marshfield Alumni
Forward Financial Bank
Marshfield Chaparrals Baseball Club
thirty-one