The Reedsburg summer varsity baseball team came up a few runs short of taking home the title at a tournament in Baraboo on July 7-8.
Reedsburg compiled a 3-1 record in the five-team round-robin tournament. Viroqua and Sheboygan also went 3-1 over the course of the three-day tournament, setting up a tiebreaker that saw Viroqua take first. Sheboygan followed in second place, followed by Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dells (1-4) and Baraboo (0-4).
Reedsburg’s tournament started on day two of the event, with a Saturday afternoon win over Viroqua.
Reedsburg stayed on the field for a matchup against host Baraboo. The pitchers won early, as Reedsburg led 1-0 after four innings thanks to a second-inning run. Wyatt Molitor led off the top of the second with a double and eventually came around to score to give Reedsburg a 1-0 advantage.
Hayden Hahn was in control on the mound for Reedsburg, setting Baraboo down in order in each of the first four innings.
The Reedsburg bats got going in the top of the fifth, as Jahdiel Rivera-Guzman, Molitor and Carter Daniels each singled to open up the frame. All three came around to score, as did Chris Jones, who singled and scored to give Reedsburg a 5-0 lead.
Baraboo got on the board in the bottom half of the fifth. Dylan Barganz reached via an error, while Matt Gust, Will Gunnell and Peyton Steiner also scored to pull Baraboo within 5-4 after five innings of play.
Reedsburg answered immediately, as Dakota Dietrich led off the sixth with a single and eventually scored on a two-out double by Molitor. Daniels singled and Joel Sterkowitz doubled, as Reedsburg took an 8-4 lead into the seventh. Ben Jones singled and scored in the seventh to provide the final score of 9-4.
At 2-0, Reedsburg was the lone unbeaten team entering the final day of the tournament.
Reedsburg ran into its first trouble of the tournament with a Sunday morning loss to Sheboygan.
Reedsburg bounced back with a 9-6 win over Wisconsin Dells. Reedsburg wasted no time scoring, plating a run in the top first before pitcher Jake Wegner worked out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the inning.
Daniels and Chris Jones opened the second inning with singles before Wegner came through with a run-scoring single that gave Reedsburg a 2-0 lead. Adam Belk singled to load the bases for Mason McMillen, who ripped a two-run double to left-center to give Reedsburg a 4-0 lead before an out was recorded. Hahn added a sacrifice fly, while Ben Jones’ RBI single up the middle gave Reedsburg a 6-0 lead after the top of the second.
Wisconsin Dells got on the board in the bottom of the second, but Reedsburg tacked on three more runs in the third to open up a commanding lead. Belk had a two-run single in the third, while Hahn’s sacrifice fly made it 9-1.
That score held until Wisconsin Dells made a game of it with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, cutting the deficit to 9-5 when Travis Hudack singled in a run. Chris Jones eventually got out of the jam, stranding three runners in an inning in which Reedsburg committed two errors.
Wisconsin Dells pushed another run across in the sixth, but Reedsburg held on to claim the 9-6 win.
Viroqua sewed up the championship with an explosive final day of the tournament, claiming a 19-1 win over Wisconsin Dells and a 14-5 win over Baraboo.
Reedsburg placed Hahn and Wegner on the all-tournament team, which included two players from each of the five teams. Barganz and Ethan Cummisford represented Baraboo, while Hunter Vikemyr and Dalton Burckhardt represented Viroqua, Hudack and Dylan Musiedlak represented Wisconsin Dells, and Ethan Scherg and Nick Akstulewicz represented Sheboygan.
Reedsburg 2, Monona Grove 1
A combined effort on the mound lifted Reedsburg past Monona Grove on July 9 at Nishan Park.
Ben Jones recorded four strikeouts over four innings, while Belk finished off the final three frames with five strikeouts to keep Monona Grove at bay. Offensively, Molitor went 2-for-2 with one double while Rivera-Guzman doubled to lead off the seventh and scored off a single from Daniels to give Reedsburg the win in walk-off fashion.
Reedsburg sweeps Mauston
A day later, Reedsburg traveled to Woodside Sports Complext where it swept Mauston in a doubleheader.
In game one, Alex Kruser went four innings on the mound and allowed only one hit, while Reedsburg’s vacuum of a defense helped him out to a 5-0 victory. At the plate, Deitrich went 3-for-3 with two RBIs while Wegner added two RBIs as well.
In game two, Molitor struck out two and avoided any hits through two innings of play while Hahn went four innings and allowed eight hits and five earned runs in a 10-5 win. Offensively, Wegner went 3-for-3 with one RBI, Danny Kast went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, while Daniels added two RBIs.
Reedsburg, which improves to 13-3 overall, will take on Royall on July 17 at Woodside Sports Complex.