Varsity legion team

The Beaver Dam American Legion Post 146 varsity baseball team defeated Lomira/Theresa 4-1 on Sunday to qualify for the Class AA state tournament in Merrill.

BROWNSVILLE — It’s not how the team planned it, but the Beaver Dam American Legion Post 146 varsity baseball squad got through to the Class AA state tournament in Merrill.

It just took longer than the team would’ve liked. Coming into Sunday, Post 146 needed just one win over the Lomira/Theresa co-op team in the championship round of the regional tournament.

But Beaver Dam struggled and lost the game 7-3 before it regrouped between games and won the second game 4-1.

“We struggled, to say the least, the first two innings,” BD head coach Dylan Ziegler said of his team’s performance in the first game. “We just didn’t come ready to play.”

Beaver Dam gave up seven runs — three in the first and four in the second — in the first two innings when it committed all nine of its errors.

BD scored two in the third and one in the fifth, but were no match for the seven runs Lomira/Theresa accumulated the first two innings.

“After that, we played pretty well,” Ziegler said. “We fought and did what we could offensively, but we just couldn’t make up that 7-0 deficit.”

Dillon Livingston got the loss for Beaver Dam, giving up seven runs off of three hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out four.

After the game, Ziegler wanted to make sure his team was ready for the second game.

“I told them it was nothing we could do about the first game,” he said.

“We ended up losing that just because we weren’t ready to play. They had to put that out of their minds and we had to get ready to play another game.”

With Luke Livingston on the mound in the second game, things did go Post 146’s way. He pitched a complete game with five strikeouts while only giving up one earned run off of eight hits and no walks.

“Luke Livingston pitched a heck of a game,” Ziegler said.

BD was finally playing good baseball.

“Our mission this whole summer has been to play good baseball and whatever happens, happens,” Ziegler said. “If you play good baseball and you lose, there’s not much more you can do. We just tried to refocus and make sure the kids understood they didn’t have to make up for that first game. There’s nothing you can do about it. It’s in the past.

“We just looked forward and tried to get better each and every pitch.”

LOMIRA/THERESA 7, BEAVER DAM 3 (GAME 1)

Lomira/Theresa 340 000 0 - 7 4 0

Beaver Dam 002 010 0 - 3 9 9

Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-k): L/T—Connor Kissinger (W, 4-6-2-1-2), Austin Vandeslunt (3-3-1-1-0). BD—Dillon Livingston (L, 5-3-0-2-4), Zach Beekman (2-1-0-0-1).

Leading hitters (two or more): L/T—Zeke Fryman 2x4. BD—Charlie Storhoff 2x4, James Jimenez 2x3. 2B: L/T—Mitch Wrablewski. BD—Connor Cullen.

BEAVER DAM 4, LOMIRA/THERESA 1 (GAME 2)

L/T 000 100 0 - 1 8 1

BD 000 310 x - 4 11 0

Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-k): L/T—Austin Vandeslunt (L, 3.1-6-3-1-0), Connor Kissinger (2.2-11-4-1-1). BD—Luke Livingston (W, 7-8-1-0-5).

Leading hitters (two or more): L/T—Mitch Brath 2x4, Zeke Fryman 2x4. BD—Austin Franke 2x4, Bayne Johnson 2x3, James Jimenez 2x2. 2B: L/T—Colton Ketter. BD—Payton Gorr, James Jimenez.

Mark McMullen is currently a sports reporter for the Daily Citizen. He can be reached by email at mmcmullen@wiscnews.com or by phone at 920-356-6754. Can also follow him on Twitter at @mmcmull2.