Laconia, Waupun fall short in state title games
GRAND CHUTE (WLUK) -- Laconia entered Thursday's Division 3 state baseball championship game looking to win its seventh straight postseason game, which would be the same amount the Spartans won during their regular season.
A seventh win would garner a gold trophy and an improbable finish for a team which was 7-11 entering the playoffs.
However, it wasn't meant to be as the Spartans' run came to an end as Aquinas topped Laconia, 10-0, at Fox Cities Stadium.
Laconia (13-12) was doomed by its defense, which committed four errors which led to five unearned runs.
Obviously it didn't end the exact way we wanted it to but to go on the run we did it was a joy," Laconia coach Greg Smit said. "Two days I'll never forget here, especially the whole playoff run as a whole was pretty special, especially this group of
guys we got here. I couldn't be more proud of them. They battled and battled. Today, unfortunately it just didn't go our way."
Waupun falls in D2 title game
After watching Brendan Bille almost throw a no-hitter in Waupun's state semifinal game late Wednesday night/Thursday morning, the Warriors entered Thursday's state title game likely feeling really good about its chances to win the Division 2 state title against West Salem.
Notwithstanding, things didn't flow as well as Waupun hoped as it fell behind 8-2 after three innings. The Warriors rallied for four runs in the final three innings, but it wasn't enough as West Salem topped Waupun, 8-6.
Waupun finished the season 26-6.
"There's only been two teams in school history that have accomplished getting to the championship game so they have nothing to be ashamed of," Waupun coach Derrick Standke said. "I told the guys, you know, the end of the year speech is always not fun but what better place, what better game to have it at than this one."
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