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Baseball: Chippewa rally hands Wildcats first loss

Chippewa Falls scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score then got the game-winner in the bottom of the tenth to hand River Falls its first Big Rivers Conference loss of the season, 6-5, Tuesday, May 14, in Chippewa Falls.

The win kept the Cardinals undefeated in BRC play at 9-0 while River Falls dropped to 10-1. The Wildcats will have a chance to clinch at least a share of the BRC title when the two teams meet again Thursday, May, 16 in River Falls. Chippewa Falls still has two games against Eau Claire North next week while River Falls will complete its conference slate on Thursday

The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead in the fourth on a two-out RBI double by Jake Bergmanis. They scored four more runs in the top of the seventh to open up a 5-0 lead.

Bergmanis led off the inning with a walk and scored on a one-out throwing error by the Cardinal third baseman before Jaden Schwantz doubled to score two runs and Michael Krueger followed with a two-run single to make it a 5-0 game.

The Cats couldn’t turn a potential game-ending double play clinging to a two-run lead in the seventh and the Cardinals tied the score before Chppewa’s Nolan Huntzler delivered a run-scoring single in front of a diving Schwantz in center field in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.

Bergmanis led River Falls with two doubles while starting pitcher Braden Mork struck out eight in four-plus innings.

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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