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Fighting Fish win rain-shortened home finale

River Falls' rookie Lucas Luedtke delivers a pitch to the plate in his first career start with the Fighting Fish Wednesday, Aug. 10, at First National Bank of River Falls Field. Luedtke picked up a lightning-shortened 7-1 victory in the Fighting Fish's final home game of the season. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)

The St. Croix Valley Baseball League champion River Falls Fighting Fish closed out the 2016 season at First National Bank of River Falls Field with a lightning-shortened 7-1 victory over the Prescott Pirates Wednesday night, Aug. 10.

The game was called at the end of the fifth inning due to lightning in the area. Rain started falling about 30 minutes later with anywhere from 2-5 inches being reported around Pierce and St. Croix Counties.

Rookie Lucas Luedtke, who graduated from River Falls High School in June, picked up his first amateur victory, allowing one run on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

The Fighting Fish will now turn their attention to the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament, where they will be making their ninth straight appearance. They will travel to Hallie this weekend where they will open the postseason Saturday, Aug. 13, at noon against the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks. The winner will face either the Eau Claire Cavaliers or the La Crescent Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 14 at noon for a berth in the 8-team WBA finals Aug. 19-21 in Merrill.

The Fighting Fish won the St. Croix Valley Baseball League championship this season with a record of 16-1. They finished 32-10 overall, setting a new franchise record for most wins in a season. Their last, and only, WBA championship came in 2011. The team stated play in River Falls in 2008.

See the Aug. 18 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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