MAUSTON, Wis. — The Holmen American Legion baseball team saw its season come to an end in heartbreaking fashion on Tuesday.
Holmen took an early lead and held it most of the way, but a seventh-inning rally by New London ended with a walk-off hit and it took down Holmen 6-5 in the championship game of the Class AA state tournament.
Leading 5-3 going into the bottom of the seventh, Holmen’s Dylan Westcott was able to get two outs with men on first and second base.
But Briley Johnson’s triple to right field tied the game, and then Logan Locy’s hit to centerfield ended the game.
“Honestly, it’s heartbreaking,” Holmen coach Charlie Alexander said. “What hurts right now, obviously is the game, but it hurts that we’re not going to be going to the ballpark with these kids anymore.”
Alexander lauded his team’s work ethic and dedication this season, citing team meetings throughout the winter and spring months that led to a strong Legion season as well as an MVC championship for the Holmen High School team.
It was the second tough loss in as many days that Holmen (31-6) had suffered against New London, as New London won a 3-2, 8-inning game on Monday to stay alive in the tournament.
New London had to defeat River Falls earlier in the day Tuesday to meet Holmen again in the title game.
This marks the first time that Holmen has reached the title game and lost.
Kevin Koelbl led Holmen with hits, including a double, and three RBI.
Mason Palmer had two hits, as did Ryland Wall.
Caleb Matl allowed two runs over his five-inning start, while Westcott was hit with the loss.