GRAND CHUTE — Kimberly had a potentially tricky matchup in its Tuesday afternoon Division 1 state baseball quarterfinal game against Hartford.
The Orioles were once 2-17 before winning their last five games to make the state tournament. Kimberly, on paper, had the easiest matchup Tuesday in Division 1, but in the postseason, you never know.
Nonetheless, coach Ryan McGinnis opted to started Brice Zwick instead of No. 1 pitcher Scott Schreiber and it paid off. Zwick, who won the sectional final game against West De Pere, tossed a six-inning shutout, allowing just three hits as the Papermakers cruised to a 10-0 win at Fox Cities Stadium.
“A lot of things came into that decision,” McGinnis said. “It’s one of those things. I don’t like that decision, because it goes against everything I believe in. Brice has earned that decision. I felt that was the best chance for our team as well as going into the next game as well.”
Schreiber has only pitched four games (two complete games) this season because of shoulder discomfort, but he’s fine now. McGinnis said the Nebraska recruit would pitch Tuesday’s state semifinal against Wilmot.
“It’s been a day-by-day thing with him,” McGinnis said. “I think Scott will be our guy.”
McGinnis was right in his decision and what helped was the offense. The Papermakers (20-7) had nine hits and broke open a 1-0 game with four runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Nate Thyssen led the Papermakers with three hits, while Travis Vander Hyden added two. Also, Mason Schnese had a three RBIs and a triple.
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