Fighting Fish fall in state quarterfinals
The River Falls Fighting Fish took an early 1-0 lead against the La Crescent Cardinals but the Cardinals scored five runs in the third inning on their way to defeating the Fish, 9-4, in a Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament quarterfinal game late Friday night in Haugen.
The 9 p.m. start was pushed back to nearly 10 p.m. by the first quarterfinal game of the night between the Chaseburg-Coon Valley Blues and Eau Claire Cavaliers, a game that saw the Cavaliers rally for six runs in the bottom of the ninth only to fall short, 8-7.
River Falls took a 1-0 lead in bottom of the second inning when Sam Barr doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Josh Halling, and scored on a bloop single by Adam Stuessel.
The Cardinals chased Fish starter James Georgakas with a five-run third inning and led 8-1 before River Falls got a run in the seventh on an RBI single by Brian Giebel.
Trailing 9-2 in the bottom of the ninth, pinch runner Adam Brathol scored on a single by Kyle Westhuis and Westhuis eventually scored when Clint Kempf hit into a bases-loaded fielder’s choice to make the final 9-4.
La Crescent went on to lose to Chaseburg-Coon Valley, 12-4, in Saturday’s semifinal round while Sparta defeated Prescott, 2-1, in 12 innings to earn a spot in Sunday’s championship game.
See the Aug. 20 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more.