Eleven-run in­ning pro­pels Jef­fer­son

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports - Mark Ste­wart

GRAND CHUTE - Last week Jef­fer­son ad­vanced to the state tour­na­ment by scor­ing 11 times in a 10-run vic­tory in the sec­tional fi­nal.

Wed­nes­day the Ea­gles ad­vanced to the state cham­pi­onship game with the help of an 11-run in­ning in a 14-2, five-in­ning vic­tory over Mosi­nee in the semi­fi­nals of the WIAA Division 2 state tour­na­ment at Fox Cities Sta­dium.

Jef­fer­son (19-9) will face Waupun at 3:05 p.m. Thurs­day.

The Ea­gles had eight hits and took ad­van­tage of three er­rors in their big in­ning, and se­nior Ian Drays lashed a a three-run home run. The third base­man fin­ished the day 3 for 3 with four .

The 11-run in­ning is one of the largest in WIAA tour­na­ment his­tory. The ef­fort ranks sec­ond in Division 2 be­hind the 15-run per­for­mance by Prescott in 1994. That’s the most for any division. Jef­fer­son’s to­tal is be­hind Wis­con­sin Heights, which scored 13 runs in Division 3 in 1989, and Eau Claire Me­mo­rial, which scored 12 runs in an in­ning in 1961 tour­na­ment game.

Waupun 6, Ellsworth 3: Down, 3-1, the War­riors (24-2) struck three times in the bot­tom of the fourth and added two in­sur­ance runs in the sixth.

Two er­rors to start the fourth sparked the in­ning. Sopho­more Carter Harg­erink drove in the first run of the in­ning. Sopho­more Bray­den San­ders fol­lowed with a two-run sin­gle that gave the War­riors the lead. This will be their sec­ond straight ap­pear­ance in the fi­nal. They were the run­ner-up last year.

Ellsworth fin­ished 16-7.

DIVISION 4

Athens 3, Ithaca 1: The de­fend­ing cham­pion (20-2) scored three times in the top of the sixth to ad­vance.

Thorp 6, Johnson Creek 5: The Car­di­nals (14-10) scored twice in the top of the sev­enth to reach their first state fi­nal.

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