Blue Devils rout Stevens Point, play Plover in winner’s bracket game Thursday
By Paul Lecker
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.
Jack 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.
Marshfield blew open a tight game with a five-run sixth inning and added three more in the seventh to go on top 13-4.
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, and 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, and 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.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Blue Devils 13, Sixers 5
Stevens Point 000 220 010 – 5
Marshfield 040 105 30x – 13
WP: Bobby Pilz (5 1/3 inn.). 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)