CLINTONVILLE — Waupun’s American Legion baseball team is known for its batting depth.
Not all the players have power, a good average or base-running speed, but when it comes down to getting on base and getting runs across, that’s what Post 210 does best.
That wasn’t the case Thursday when Post 210 was shut out 5-0 by Prairie du Chien Post 68 in the second round of the American Legion Class A state tournament.
Post 210 came out flat and couldn’t turn on the burners after Post 68 scored a run in the first inning.
“That’s what we just talked about is we don’t have no killer instinct right now,” Waupun head coach Derrick Standke said. “I told them we need to come out tomorrow prepared and ready to go.”
Post 210 will need to be ready today to play Niagara in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m.
Prairie du Chien pitcher Chas Sagedahl threw a complete game with 10 strikeouts while only allowing four hits and two walks.
“It just comes down to how good of a pitcher Chas is,” Standke said. “He’s an All-State pitcher. He beat Markesan last year at the state tournament. He beat everyone he played against this year. He hasn’t lost. He’s one of the best in the state.”
Sagedahl and Prairie du Chien dealt Markesan its first prep baseball loss of the season last year in the semifinals of the WIAA Division 3 state tournament. He struck out 11 in a complete-game shutout.
“Chas is their best,” Standke said. “He’s done for the tournament now, though.”
Sagedahl threw 112 pitches against Waupun, and Legion rules require four days of rest after such an output. Since the tournament ends with the championship round on Sunday, he will not be eligible to pitch again — though he can still have an impact for Post 68. Sagedahl went 4-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs in Thursday’s game.
Caden Bronkhorst took the loss, giving up two earned runs off five hits and a walk. He struck out four in four innings.
Collin Witthun replaced him in the fifth and gave up three earned runs off of two hits and two walks while striking out two in 2 1/3 innings of work. Bradyn Vande Zande got the final two outs, but not before allowing two runners he inherited from Witthun to score as Prairie du Chien added some insurance in the seventh.
Sagedahl ripped a shot to right field to bring in the game’s first run in the top of the first with one out. Prairie du Chien added sacrifice flies in the fourth and fifth innings to make it 3-0.
The loss means Waupun has to run the table to advance to nationals, something Post 210 did last year after dropping its opening game to Viroqua.
“We’re in a situation where if we get to Sunday, we’re sitting pretty good,” Standke said. “We got (Brenden) Bille and Bronkhorst will be eligible.
“We need to get to Sunday, so the next two days, (we’re going) all out.”
PRAIRIE du CHIEN 5, WAUPUN 0
Prairie du Chien 100 110 2 - 5 8 0
Waupun 000 000 0 - 0 4 0
Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-k): Prairie du Chien – Chas Sagedal (W, 7-4-0-2-10). Waupun – Caden Bronkhorst (L, 4-5-2-1-4), Collin Witthun (2.1-2-3-2-2), Bradyn Vande Zande (0.2-1-0-1-0).
Leading hitters (two or more): Prairie du Chien – Chas Sagedahl 4x4. Waupun – none.