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When the New Richmond baseball team played well this season, it played very well. When it didn't, all sorts of disaster could break out.

That happened when the Tigers were upset in the WIAA Summer Baseball regional finals last Tuesday by Baldwin-Woodville.

For the first two innings the Tigers looked superb, playing aggressively and building a 6-0 lead.

The Tigers then self-destructed. Committing errors and boneheads in nearly every way imaginable, the Tigers gave up 13 straight runs to the Blackhawks, losing 13-6.

You would have never guessed from the first two innings of the game that the Tigers were going to struggle. The first five Tigers who batted in the opening inning all reached base and eventually scored. Danny Wells and Scott Emerson opened the game with singles and Tommy Wells walked to load the bases. Josh Bottolfson then walked to drive home the first run. Mike Tarman pulled a single to rightfield, scoring Emerson with the second run. All three runners then moved up on a wild pitch. Chad Aldous followed with a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-0. Tarman then scored when the Blackhawks tried to nab him moving to third base on the fly ball, but the catcher's throw was wild.

In the second inning the Tigers added another error. Tommy Wells reached base on a two-out error. He then stole second base and scored on Bottolfson's single to rightfield.

That was the last good thing that would happen for the Tigers in the game. Baldwin-Woodville scored six runs in the third inning, knocking out Tiger starting pitcher Marc Simon.

Tommy Wells came on in relief and gave up one run before the Tigers could get out of the third, putting B-W in front 7-6. The Blackhawks added another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, when Tim Kretovics relieved Wells. Kretovics got through the sixth with minimal trouble, before giving up four runs in the seventh inning.

While the Tigers were in a tailspin in the field, there hitting had matching futility. The last Tiger hit of the game was a single by David Koch in the third inning. Koch was then doubled off first, severely jamming his ankle as he tried to dive into the bag.

The defense also bears a good deal of the blame for the Tigers' problems in the game. Only six of B-W's runs were earned in the game because of mistakes made by the Tigers in the field.

Tiger coach John Ball had no answers for what happened in his game. He used all three of his best available pitchers and none had success and the offense went from looking like big leaguers in the first inning to little leaguers the rest of the game.

"It was a self destruction," Ball said. "Disappointed was my biggest word, because it's what (the players) are going to remember. This is a team that won 17 games this season."

Baldwin-Woodville 13,

New Richmond 6



Van Roekel p 5-2-3, Hinrichs rf 5-2-2, Helland ss 3-3-2, Beckman 1b 5-1-1, Dittman 3b 5-1-1, McGee c 5-1-2, Peterson dh 3-1-1, Weiss lf 0-0-0, Kongshaug 2b 4-2-3, Deringer cf 4-0-0. Totals 39-13-15.


D.Wells dh 4-1-1, Frye ss 0-0-0, Emerson cf 4-1-1, T.Wells 3b 3-2-0, Bottolfson c 3-1-1, Tarman lf 3-1-1, Aldous 2b 2-0-0, Simon p 1-0-0, Koch3b 1-0-1, Powers 3b 0-0-0, Peterson rf 1-0-0, Kretovics rf 2-0-0, Hanson 1b 2-0-0. Totals 26-6-5.

RBI-Bottolfson 2, Tarman, Aldous.

Baldwin-Woodville 007 120 4=13

New Richmond 510 000 0=6


New Richmond

Simon 2.2 2 6 0 4 4

T.Wells (L) 1.2 6 3 3 1 2

Kretovics 2.2 7 4 3 0 3

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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