Grant Frazer did it again.
For the second straight year the Oconto pitcher threw an eight-inning complete game in leading his team to a victory in a Division 3 state baseball semifinal.
The sophomore allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked three, and was 2-for-4 (two doubles) at the plate as the Blue Devils (17-6) kept their hopes for a repeat alive with 5-4 win over Racine St. Catherine’s at Fox Cities Stadium.
Last year, Oconto won the state title despite committing eight errors in the championship game and Wednesday it committed five. Nonetheless, the Devils figured a way to win.
“I can’t really explain it,” coach Brian Sohrweide said. “Our whole thing this year was stay in the moment, don’t worry about what happened last inning, don’t worry what happened last pitch. And it seems like when we do that we keep playing and let the chips fall where they may.”
Oconto trailed 2-0 after four innings but then woke up. However, the Devils didn’t clinch the win until Tanner Pillsbury drove in Cody Zahm after Zahm walked and stole second base in the top of the eighth inning.
“The guys behind me did a fantastic job getting us back in the game,” Frazer said. “I fell behind 2-0 in the second inning and they battled back in the fifth and we ended up coming through today.”
Oconto will play the winner of Wisconsin-Heights-Mondovi on Thursday at 1:35 p.m.