Fighting Fish return to state baseball finals
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.