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High school baseball: Fox Valley groups still in dispute for WIAA state competition billet

High school baseball: Fox Valley teams still in contention for WIAA state tournament berth

The WIAA state baseball competition begins with Division 1 quarterfinals Friday at Herr-Baker Stadium in Fond du Lac, with every day elimination rounds and finals for every division starting June 28 (Division 4) and going through July 1 (Division 1) at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

Here’s a gander at the top groups in the Fox Valley actually contending at the sectional level.

Division 1

Narrows Port (22-1): Fox River Classic Conference champs advance to sectional level after 10-3 triumph over Pulaski in local last. Solitary misfortune was to Ashwaubenon on May 17. Next: Sectional elimination round, Monday versus De Pere at Appleton East (1 p.m.).

De Pere (21-3): Redbirds completed second to Bay Port in FRCC and have dominated eight successive matches. Next: Sectional elimination round, Monday versus Straight Port at Appleton East (1 p.m.).

Kimberly (21-5): Papermakers were heroes of the Fox Valley Association and have won 12 of their last 13 games, remembering a 2-0 loss of Appleton North for the local last. Next: Sectional elimination round, Monday versus Hortonville at Appleton East (10 a.m.).

Hortonville (21-6): Polar Bears advance to sectional with 12-1 triumph over Appleton East in the local last. Caleb August (.435 normal) drives group in hitting. Next: Sectional elimination round, Monday versus Kimberly at Appleton East (10 a.m.).

Neenah (15-8): Rockets sneak past Menasha 4-3 in last Friday’s territorial last. Gradin Taschner drives group in hitting (.446) and RBI (24). Next: Sectional elimination round, Monday versus Manitowoc at Oshkosh North (10 a.m.).

Division 2

Denmark (27-1): Vikings were undefeated bosses of North Eastern Conference and solitary misfortune came to Seymour on May 21. Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Winneconne at Wrightstown (1 p.m.).

Seymour (17-7): Thunder completed third in the Bay Conference and progressed to sectionals in the wake of beating Little Chute 11-5 in last Wednesday’s provincial last. Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Rhinelander at Wrightstown (10 a.m.).

Winneconne (14-8): Wolves having Cinderella postseason subsequent to completing fifth in East Central Conference and arrived at sectional with 3-2 triumph over Xavier in last Wednesday’s territorial last. Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Denmark at Wrightstown (1 p.m.).

Division 3

Chilton (21-5): Tigers were heroes of the Eastern Wisconsin Conference and progressed to sectional play with 11-1 defeat of New Holstein last Wednesday. Alek Lemke drives the group in normal (.439) and hits (29). Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Mishicot at Crandon (12:45 p.m.).

Coleman (22-2): Marinette and Oconto champion Cougars clear Crivitz 10-0 in last Wednesday’s territorial last to progress to sectional play. Group’s two misfortunes came to Oconto Falls and Freedom. Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Amherst at Crandon (10 a.m.)

Affectionate du Lac Springs (15-4): Ledgers completed as Flyway support and arrived at sectional play with 10-3 win over Lomira last Wednesday. Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Ozaukee at Random Lake (12:30 p.m.).

Division 4

Oakfield (11-6): Unheralded Oaks completed fourth in Trailways-North and outlived Central Wisconsin Christian 11-10 in last Wednesday’s local last to progress. Tracker Sabel drives group in normal (.466) and RBI (14). Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Johnson Creek at Almond-Bancroft (1:30 p.m.).

Shiocton (11-10): Chiefs likewise having amazing postseason pursued completing fourth in the Central Wisconsin-East. Group progressed to sectionals after 12-2 triumph over Reedsville in last Wednesday’s local last. Next: Sectional elimination round, Tuesday versus Rosholt at Almond-Bancroft (11 a.m.).

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