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Fighting Fish return to state baseball finals

Members of the River Falls Fighting Fish congratulate each other after defeating the La Crescent Cardinals, 10-0, Sunday afternoon to advance to the finals of the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament next weekend in Merrill. (River Falls Journal photo by Bob Burrows)

The River Falls Fighting Fish are going back to the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament finals.

The Fish advanced to the 8-team championship round with a pair of shutout victories in the WBA regionals over the weekend in Hallie.

James Georgakas went all nine innings on the mound and Clint Kempf and Jeremiah Paulson drove in two runs apiece in the Fish's 7-0 victory over the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, James Witt tossed six innings of three-hit ball and Kempf, Paulson, Brian Giebel, Brian Grove and Joel Schaffer had two RBI each as the the Fish avenged a 9-4 loss to La Crescent in last year's WBA finals with a 10-0 mercy-rule win over the Cardinals.

River Falls will face the Sparta Millers in a WBA quarterfinal game Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Athletic Park in Merrill. The winner will play either the Whitehall Wolves or the Chaseburg-Coon Valley Blues in a the semifinals Saturday night, Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The WBA championship game is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 21, at noon.

The Fighting Fish are making their fourth straight appearance in the WBA finals and fifth overall. They won the WBA state title in their first appearance in 2011.

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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