The Wisconsin Dells prep baseball team clinched the outright South Central Conference championship with a 3-2 victory over Adams-Friendship at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells on Tuesday.
Wisconsin Dells (12-3 overall, 9-1 conference) needed Tuesday’s win to avoid the possibility of having to share the conference championship with Adams-Friendship. The title comes one year after Wisconsin Dells finished just 5-5 in conference play and under .500 overall.
Wisconsin Dells head coach Mike Michalsky said he would have been “shocked” had someone told him at the beginning of the season that this year’s team would finish 9-1 in the conference.
“We had just as much talent last year,” Michalsky said. “It’s just that this group worked hard and played as a team, and that made all the difference.”
With the game tied at 2, the Chiefs scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Ben Koenig led off the sixth with a double to the gap in right-center field, he moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before coming home on Marty Koenig’s base hit to center.
The two sixth-inning hits were just the third and fourth hits for the Chiefs in the game, and came from the team’s No. 7 and No. 9 hitters.
“That’s nice to have the bottom (of the order) contribute, because quite frankly, we had kids that were just crushing the ball for two weeks straight who all of a sudden went cold, which happens in baseball, so we needed them,” Michalsky said.
The sixth inning rally came after Wisconsin Dells had trouble mounting much offense against Adams-Friendship starting pitcher Braedyn Quinnell. The right-hander gave up only two unearned runs in the first inning on just two hits over five innings of work. Quinnell struck out eight before leaving the mound to start the sixth.
Wisconsin Dells took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to a pair of Adams-Friendship errors in the inning. Dylan Nevar reached base to open the inning when the Adams-Friendship leftfielder dropped a fly ball. Dylan Anchor was then hit by a pitch, putting a pair of runners on with nobody out.
Dylan Musiedlak followed with a sacrifice bunt, but he too ended up reaching when the Green Devils threw the ball away down the right-field line, allowing Nevar to come home to make it 1-0. Three batters later, the Chiefs went ahead 2-0 when Anchor scored from third on a groundout by Jakob Millard.
Adams-Friendship got one of those runs back in the third inning without the aid of a hit. Cole Lamont drew a one-out walk, stole second and move to third on a wild pitch. From there he was easily able to score on Teagan Kotowski’s sacrifice fly to right field to make it 2-1.
Wisconsin Dells did dodge a bullet in the fourth when Dalton Pollex tried to score from third on a passed ball, but Wisconsin Dells catcher Travis Hudack got to the ball quickly and threw to Millard at the plate, who tagged out Pollex to end the inning.
The Green Devils drew even in the top of the fifth inning on Griffin West’s two-out, RBI single, which brought home Lamont.
Nevar got the win on the mound for the Chiefs. He came on in relief of Millard with two outs in the fifth. After allowing the first two batters he faced to reach base on a walk and a single, he ended the inning by striking out Kotowski. He went on to fan the next five batters he faced, and finished with seven strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of work.
Nevar’s seventh and final strikeout came when he got Lamont looking at strike three to end the game with the tying run standing on second base.
“He’s just such a gamer,” Michalsky said of Nevar. “He doesn’t get shaken by anything in the baseball game. Those kids are so nice to have around. They’re rare.”
Millard pitched well in 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up just one hit, but did fall victim to an increased pitch count thanks to five walks. He finished with five strikeouts.
Mount Horeb 2, Wisconsin Dells 1 (9)
The Wisconsin Dells bats went silent in a non-conference game in Mount Horeb on Monday, as the Chiefs mustered just two hits while suffering a 2-1 loss to the Vikings in nine innings.
Mount Horeb delivered the knockout punch in the bottom of the ninth inning on Stuart Woller’s walkoff RBI single. The inning started well for Wisconsin Dells, as pitcher Jackson Sveum retired the first two batters he faced, but Josh Beier kept the inning alive with a base hit. Beier would move into scoring position when Sveum was called for a balk, and would then score the winning run on Woller’s RBI single to left field.
Wisconsin Dells took a 1-0 lead when Dylan Nevar led off the top of the fourth inning with a solo home run. It was the first hit of the game for Wisconsin Dells. The only other hit for the Chiefs was a two-out single by Travis Hudack in the top of the sixth.
Mount Horeb tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh. A Wisconsin Dells error helped extend the inning, and allowed Mount Horeb to get the tying run on a RBI fielder’s choice by Miles Steinhoff.
Hudack got the start on the mound for the Chiefs, and he held Mount Horeb to no runs on just three hits. He struck out four and walked three. Sveum threw the final 2 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits, striking out four and walking two.
Wisconsin Dells 13, Nekoosa 2
Wisconsin Dells clinched at least a share of the conference title with a 13-2 pasting of the Nekoosa Papermakers in Nekoosa on Thursday.
The Chiefs wasted no time in taking control of the game, striking for five runs in the top of the first inning before burying the Papermakers with a six-run sixth inning.
Dylan Nevar threw all six innings for Wisconsin Dells, giving up just one earned run on five hits, while walking two and striking out nine.
The Wisconsin Dells offensive attack was led by Jackson Sveum, who had three hits and drove in three while Ben Koenig had three hits and drove in a pair.
In the big first inning, a RBI single by Dylan Musiedlak got the scoring started and was followed by a two-run single by Sveum to make it 3-0. Koenig’s RBI single would make it 4-0, and Koenig would later score the fifth run on a passed ball.
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Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) – AF: Quinnell (5-2-0-2-8), Lamont (L, 1-2-1-0-1). WD: Millard (4.2-1-1-5-5), Nevar (W, 2.1-2-1-1-7).
Leading hitters – AF: none. WD: M. Koenig 2x3. 2B – B. Koenig.
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Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — WD: Hudack (6-3-0-3-4), Sveum (L; 2.2-2-1-2-4). MH: Schaefer (5-1-1-1-10), Kittleson (W; 4-1-0-0-4).
Leading Hitters — WD: none. HR — Nevar. MH — Beier (2x4), Woller (3x4).
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Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — WD: Nevar (W; 6-5-1-2-9). N: Lobner (L; 4.1-8-5-1-2), Olson (1-5-5-2-0), Robie (0.2-1-0-0-0).
Leading Hitters — WD: Hudack (2x4), Nevar (2x5), Sveum (3x4), Koenig (3x3). 2B — Nevar. N: Robie (2x2).