GRAND CHUTE — The Eau Claire North baseball team scored plenty of runs on its way to the WIAA Division 1 state championship game on Tuesday.
The Huskies (25-4) used a five-run third inning to build an 8-4 victory over Fond du Lac (14-13) in a semifinal game, earning a spot in the final for the first time since winning the championship in 2011.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Huskies scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 15-12 victory over Sussex Hamilton in a quarterfinal game.
Gabe O'Brien hit a triple and two singles and drove in two runs for the Huskies against Fond du Lac, and Sam Stange drove in two runs with a pair of singles.
Sam Hernandez had two of Fond du Lac's six hits, including a triple.
Eau Claire North advanced to face Sun Prairie in the Division 1 state title game at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Division 1 quarterfinals
Eau Claire North 15,
Sussex Hamilton 12
The Huskies took a 6-0 lead in the first inning, fell behind 11-6 in the third and then scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take control against the Chargers (19-9).
North totaled 15 hits, including a single and a state tournament-record two triples by Sam Stange and three singles and a double by Gabe O’Brien. Stange also drove in four runs.
In the bottom of the sixth, North got an RBI double from O’Brien, two-run triple from Stange, RBI infield single from Anthony Pogodzinski, RBI double from Gabriel Richardson and an RBI ground ball from Joel Zachow.
Hamilton totaled eight hits, including two doubles by Christopher Barnes.
Fond du Lac 2,
Brookfield Central 1
Senior Drew Bonlander hit a one-out RBI double to center in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday to give Fond du Lac a 2-1 victory over Brookfield East in a Division 1 quarterfinal of the WIAA state baseball tournament.
Bonlander’s walk-off hit scored junior Ben Birschbach with the winning run against the Spartans (18-9) in Grand Chute.
Fond du Lac’s Sam Hernandez and East’s Riley LeTourneau threw shutouts through seven innings of regulation play. Both teams scored a run in the eighth inning, but reliever Caden Krug held East scoreless in the top of the ninth.
Krug doubled and Justin Schnell went 3-for-3 for Fond du Lac. East got two hits each from LeTourneau and Ryan Karst.
Burlington 3, Green Bay Preble 0
The Demons scored three unearned runs in the top of the third inning and rode the two-hit, nine-strikeout pitching of Trey Krause to a victory over the top-seeded Hornets (24-4).
A walk, two errors and RBI singles by Krause and Trent Turzenski produced the third-inning rally and forced Preble starter Max Wagner to take the loss despite allowing only four hits, all singles. He struck out four.
- With rain expected in the Appleton area today, the WIAA announced there will be no extra time between each two-game session today.
Action is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. with two Division 4 semifinals (including Mineral Point and Benton in the second game of the session), followed by two Division 3 games and two Division 2 games (with McFarland in the second game of the session).