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Hayden Nelson has given the Tigers several strong pitching performances recently, including working six innings in last Thursday's win over Superior.
Hayden Nelson has given the Tigers several strong pitching performances recently, including working six innings in last Thursday's win over Superior.

New Richmond will host WIAA Division 2 regional baseball game Tuesday

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By splitting games with Division 1 opponents Chippewa Falls and Superior last week, the New Richmond baseball team placed itself in position to earn a home game in the opening round of the WIAA tournament series next Tuesday.

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The Tigers received the seventh seed in the WIAA Division 1 seeding meeting held on Sunday. By virtue of their seed, the Tigers will play at home next Tuesday in the opening round of the regional tournament. Their opposition will be Merrill, which was seeded 10th in the sectional tournament bracket.

Monday's Tiger game at Prescott was rained out. The Tigers are hoping the game will be made up some time this week, likely Wednesday. A New Richmond win would move the Tigers into a tie with Prescott and Ellsworth at the top of the Middle Border Conference standings.

The Tigers showed they could play evenly with Division 1 teams this spring. Coach Chad Fehrman said the team's split of a double-header against La Crosse Central carried a great deal of weight in the seeding. When the original seeding votes were announced, the Tigers were listed eighth, with Superior ranked seventh. Fehrman petitioned to have the Tigers bumped up to seventh because of their head-to-head win over the Spartans. The sectional coaches affirmed the suggestion, re-voting the Tigers up to the seventh seed.

The Tigers had to adjust to some brisk, windy conditions when they played at Superior last Thursday. The Tigers started senior Zac Parfitt on the mound, a week after he had been struck in the right forearm by a line drive. Parfitt gave up two runs in the first inning. He then told the coaches that the forearm was still a bit tender, so they pulled him immediately and inserted Hayden Nelson on the mound.

Nelson was masterful, working the final six innings to register the win. He allowed two unearned runs in the sixth inning, otherwise Superior could do little damage against him.

Nelson was supported by one of the Tigers' best defensive games of the season. Two of the biggest plays came in the seventh inning. First baseman Josh Kizer knocked down a liner that appeared headed for the rightfield corner to get the first out of the inning. Blake Higgins notched the second out by tracking down a line drive in the alley.

"The defense stepped up. The outfield play was phenomenal," Fehrman said.

The Tigers took the lead with a four-run rally in the second inning. Singles from Kizer and Parfitt started the rally, followed by walks to Josh Geigle and Connor Hollern. Drew Durham delivered a two-run single and Jeremy Leavens brought home the fourth run with a ground out.

Two insurance runs were added in the fifth inning. Kaleb Kier led off with a single and stole second base, scoring on Kizer's single. Kizer scored when Nelson singled.

One big inning cost the Tigers when they lost at Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, 9-8. Chippewa scored seven runs in the third inning of the game.

The Tigers had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Durham singled home Geigle. Four walks and a grand slam homer were the Tigers' undoing in the bottom of the inning.

In the next half inning the Tigers quickly got back into the game. Higgins doubled and Kizer singled, setting the stage for a three-run homer by Parfitt that cut the margin to 7-5.

Two errors by the Tiger defense in the bottom of the fourth inning helped Chippewa Falls get back two of those runs.

The Tigers kept chipping away at the Chippewa lead. They scored once in the fifth inning when Kizer singled home Kier. Kier hit his second double of the game in the sixth inning to score Geigle and Durham.

This game was filled with good and bad results for the Tigers. The offense had one of its finest nights of the season, finishing with 13 hits, including three from Geigle and Kizer. But that was offset by five errors from the defense and six walks from the pitching.

The Tigers received the seventh seed in the WIAA Division 1 seeding meeting held on Sunday. By virtue of their seed, the Tigers will play at home next Tuesday in the opening round of the regional tournament. Their opposition will be Merrill, which was seeded 10th in the sectional tournament bracket.

Monday's Tiger game at Prescott was rained out. The Tigers are hoping the game will be made up some time this week, likely Wednesday. A New Richmond win would move the Tigers into a tie with Prescott and Ellsworth at the top of the Middle Border Conference standings.

The Tigers showed they could play evenly with Division 1 teams this spring. Coach Chad Fehrman said the team's split of a double-header against La Crosse Central carried a great deal of weight in the seeding. When the original seeding votes were announced, the Tigers were listed eighth, with Superior ranked seventh. Fehrman petitioned to have the Tigers bumped up to seventh because of their head-to-head win over the Spartans. The sectional coaches affirmed the suggestion, re-voting the Tigers up to the seventh seed.

The Tigers had to adjust to some brisk, windy conditions when they played at Superior last Thursday. The Tigers started senior Zac Parfitt on the mound, a week after he had been struck in the right forearm by a line drive. Parfitt gave up two runs in the first inning. He then told the coaches that the forearm was still a bit tender, so they pulled him immediately and inserted Hayden Nelson on the mound.

Nelson was masterful, working the final six innings to register the win. He allowed two unearned runs in the sixth inning, otherwise Superior could do little damage against him.

Nelson was supported by one of the Tigers' best defensive games of the season. Two of the biggest plays came in the seventh inning. First baseman Josh Kizer knocked down a liner that appeared headed for the rightfield corner to get the first out of the inning. Blake Higgins notched the second out by tracking down a line drive in the alley.

"The defense stepped up. The outfield play was phenomenal," Fehrman said.

The Tigers took the lead with a four-run rally in the second inning. Singles from Kizer and Parfitt started the rally, followed by walks to Josh Geigle and Connor Hollern. Drew Durham delivered a two-run single and Jeremy Leavens brought home the fourth run with a ground out.

Two insurance runs were added in the fifth inning. Kaleb Kier led off with a single and stole second base, scoring on Kizer's single. Kizer scored when Nelson singled.

One big inning cost the Tigers when they lost at Chippewa Falls last Tuesday, 9-8. Chippewa scored seven runs in the third inning of the game.

The Tigers had taken a 1-0 lead in the top of the third when Durham singled home Geigle. Four walks and a grand slam homer were the Tigers' undoing in the bottom of the inning.

In the next half inning the Tigers quickly got back into the game. Higgins doubled and Kizer singled, setting the stage for a three-run homer by Parfitt that cut the margin to 7-5.

Two errors by the Tiger defense in the bottom of the fourth inning helped Chippewa Falls get back two of those runs.

The Tigers kept chipping away at the Chippewa lead. They scored once in the fifth inning when Kizer singled home Kier. Kier hit his second double of the game in the sixth inning to score Geigle and Durham.

This game was filled with good and bad results for the Tigers. The offense had one of its finest nights of the season, finishing with 13 hits, including three from Geigle and Kizer. But that was offset by five errors from the defense and six walks from the pitching.

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