Blue Devils play Chippewa Falls in championship game Saturday
By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Post 54 Junior American Legion baseball team swept a pair of games to open its annual home tournament on Friday night.
Marshfield beat South Wood County 18-6 and Sheboygan 6-5 to earn a spot in Saturday’s championship game.
Against South Wood County, Marshfield scored nine runs in the top of the third to erase a four-run deficit, and it ended the game via the 10-run rule following a six-run fifth inning.
Riley Boushack, Logan Griesbach, Tyler Spaeth, and Ben Gust each had two RBIs in the win.
Marshfield trailed Sheboygan 5-1 in its second game Friday night before rallying with five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to grab the lead.
Mason Coffren scored on an error, Spaeth doubled home Jacob Earll, Matt Handrick had an RBI groundout, and Caden Schillinger had an RBI single to tie it and scored on an error to put the Blue Devils ahead.
Handrick earned the win in relief as he gave up two runs in four innings. Spaeth and Mitch Wilhelm each had two hits for Marshfield.
In other games Friday, Chippewa Falls beat La Crosse 13-2 and Pittsville 9-8 to advance to the first-place game against Marshfield (14-5) at approximately 5 p.m. Saturday.
The tournament continues Saturday with five games. La Crosse plays Pittsville at 9 a.m. followed by South Wood County against Sheboygan at approximately 11 a.m.
The third-place game will be at approximately 1 p.m., and the second-place and first-place games will follow that at Hackman Field.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Marshfield 18, South Wood County 6
Marshfield 209 16 – 18 15 1
South Wood County 420 00 – 6 5 1
SWC roster not provided.
WP: Logan Schreiner.
SO: Ryan Zickert (1 inn.) 1, Schreiner (4 inn.) 3. BB: Zickert 4, Schreiner 1.
Top hitters: M, Riley Boushack 1×2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Logan Greisbach 1×1, 2 RBIs; Tyler Spaeth 2×3, 2B, run, 2 RBIs; Mason Coffren 3×5, 2B, 2 runs; Caden Schillinger 2 BBs, 2 runs; Mitch Wilhelm 2 runs; Devyn Palmer 2 runs; Ben Gust 2×4, 2 RBIs; Schreiner 2×3; Isaiah Baierl 2 runs.
Marshfield 6, Sheboygan 5
Sheboygan 210 020 – 5 4 3
Marshfield 000 15x – 6 7 1
Sheboygan roster not provided.
WP: Matt Handrick.
SO: Mason Coffren (2 inn.) 4, Handrick (4 inn.) 1. BB: Coffren 7, Handrick 4.
Top hitters: M, Tyler Spaeth 2×3, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Mitch Wilhelm 2×3, RBI.