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Bay Port continues strong play as postseason looms

Bay Port defeated Notre Dame on Thursday for its eighth win in 11 games. (Doug Ritchay/WLUK)

SUAMICO (WLUK) -- It hasn't been a typical season for the Bay Port baseball team, as it's not contending for a conference title and isn't being viewed as a team likely to reach the state tournament.

But after a 6-8 start the Pirates have picked up their play in recent weeks and maybe just now the Pirates are peaking, just as the postseason is looming.

Bay Port topped Notre Dame, 5-4, Thursday, beating the Tritons for the second time in three days and now has won eight of 11 games. Bay Port is a modest 14-11 on the season, but this team maybe has turned the corner.

"I think our team chemistry and enthusiasm has come a long way," said Brett Frieder, who pitched six solid innings Thursday. "I think we're clicking at the right time and I'm excited for the end of the regular season and the start of the postseason."

Bay Port talks about improved play

Photos: Notre Dame at Bay Port baseball

Bay Port's turnaround is simple -- the offense has found a groove. In their last 11 games the Pirates have scored five or more runs eight times, all which were wins. Overall, in Bay Port's 14 wins, 13 times it has scored five or more runs.

"We got off to a rough start; we weren't playing well," Bay Port coach Mike Simoens said. "We talked about getting better every day and I think we've been doing that.

"We haven't been winning every game ... but I'm looking forward to the next step in our season and that's the tournament."

The tournament Simoens is referring to is the postseason, where many don't expect the No. 7-seeded Pirates to make it to Fox Cities Stadium. Not when Green Bay Preble and its 22-0 record is in the way.

But maybe Bay Port, which has made 10 state tournaments since 2001, should be thought as more of a threat now that it seems to be playing its best baseball of the season.

"Obviously we're going to have to beat some good teams on the road but I think our team's capable of doing it," Frieder said. "Any time you're Bay Port, you're never under the radar. We've had a little bit of a down season, but I think we're building at the right time."

Time will tell.

Follow Doug Ritchay on Twitter @dougritchay


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