Baseball: WIAA Tournament Regionals Open With Few Upsets

While the Division 1 part of the WIAA State Baseball Tournament doesn't get underway until next week, and some top-seeded Division 2 through 4 teams got a bye to the regional semifinals, there was still plenty of action across the area on Thursday night as the playoffs began in baseball.

Division 2 - Sectional 3

#4 Wisconsin Dells 6, #5 Baraboo 5

#6 Lodi 5, #3 Portage 2

#2 Adams-Friendship 5, #7 Mauston 2

#4 Sauk Prairie 7, #5 Dodgeville 1

#3 Mount Horeb 8, #6 River Valley 3

#2 Monona Grove 7, #7 Platteville 4

#4 Edgerton 9, #5 Delavan-Darien 8

#3 Evansville 2, #6 Monroe 0 - Recap Below

#2 McFarland 3, #7 Stoughton 0

#5 Elkhorn 15, #4 Fort Atkinson 3

#3 Jefferson 6, #6 East Troy 2

#7 Big Foot 3, #2 Whitewater 0

Division 2 - Sectional 4

#5 Luther Prep 8, #4 New Berlin Eisenhower 3

Division 3 - Sectional 3

#4 Wisconsin Heights 14, #5 Cuba City 12

#3 Fennimore 8, #6 Lancaster 4

#7 Boscobel 4, #2 Richland Center 2

#5 Lakeside Lutheran 7, #4 Cambridge 2

#6 New Glarus 13, #3 Brodhead/Juda 8 (11 Innings)

#2 Parkview 10, #7 Clinton 0 (5 Innings)

#1 Markesan 3, #8 Marshall 2

#3 Waterloo 6, #6 Montello 0

#2 Columbus 13, #7 Poynette 3 (5 Innings)

Division 4 - Sectional 3

#4 Riverdale 8, #5 Seneca 0

#3 Kickapoo 15, #6 North Crawford 5 (5 Innings)

#2 Ithaca 18, #7 La Farge 2 (5 Innings)

#4 Iowa-Grant 8, #5 River Ridge 4

Division 4 - Sectional 4

#4 Fall River 15, #5 Randolph 5

#4 Southwestern 6, #5 Argyle 5

#3 Pecatonica 5, #6 Darlington 1

#2 Shullsburg/Benton 10, #7 Black Hawk 0 (6 Innings)

#3 Barneveld 10, #6 Monticello/Albany 2

#2 Deerfield 30, #7 Faith Christian 0

Division 2, Sectional 3 Regional: Evansville (11-11) 2, Monroe (4-21) 0

On a perfect afternoon for baseball in southern Wisconsin, the Evansville Blue Devils kept the Monroe Cheesemakers off the board to advance in the WIAA State Baseball Tournament, winning the regional opener between the schools 2-0.

Evansville got on the board when Carson Hill singled in Ryan Borchardt in the bottom of the third to make the score 1-0. Then, in the sixth inning, Aaron Anderson led off the inning with a solo home run to left-center over the 350-foot sign.

Monroe had chances in the ballgame. The Cheesemakers sent Payton Stauffacher around third on a hit by Dagan Rach, but he was caught in a rundown between home plate and third base in what would have been a game-tying scoring situation in the top of the fourth.

In the top of the seventh, down to their final three outs with the 7-8-9 hitters coming up, pitcher Max Lange led off the inning with a single, and got to second base with one out and two on in the inning, but Evansville pitcher Tyr Severson induced a double-play ball to end the ball game.

Monroe's Lange went five and two-thirds innings pitched, with four strikeouts and three hits with two runs allowed. Evansville's Ethan France pitched five and a third innings with three hits allowed and seven strikeouts, and he and Severson combined on the shutout.

The Cheesemakers end the season 4-21, a three-win improvement over last year, and will graduate nine seniors.

Evansville moves on to the regional semifinal round next Tuesday to play McFarland or Stoughton.

FP: 4:50 p.m.

TOG: 1:51

Sunny 73^

Winds: Out to right (14mph, gusting to 25mph)

M: 0-0-0-0-0-0-0=0 0|4|0

E: 0-0-1-0-0-1-X=0 2|4|1

WP: Ethan France

LP: Max Lange

SV: Tyr Severson

HR: Aaron Anderson (E), B3 (Solo)

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