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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The New Richmond Millers moved into the lead of the St. Croix Valley League Northern Division on Friday night. By Sunday night, they had given the lead away again. The Millers took the lead in the Northern Division on Friday by beating Spring Valley 10-4. They dropped out of the lead on Sunday, when they lost at Menomonie 8-7 in 10 innings. Friday's game got off to an odd start when the umpire failed to show up for the game. Miller manager Ryan Stephens called all over the area trying to bring in another ump, but his efforts were fruitless.
The New Richmond baseball team keeps on winning, so much so that the Tigers have already locked up a share of the Lakeland Conference title. The Tigers completed a pair of wins against Frederic last Thursday, raising the team's record to 9-0 in the Lakeland Conference. When Baldwin-Woodville knocked off Grantsburg by a 7-1 score on Thursday, it assured the Tigers of a share of the Lakeland title. New Richmond clubbed the ball all over Citizens Field against Frederic on Thursday.
The New Richmond baseball team has risen to the top of the Lakeland Conference. The Tigers scored three Lakeland wins last week, all on shutouts, to climb to 7-0 in the conference standings. The most important win of the week came last Tuesday at Grantsburg. New Richmond and Grantsburg entered the game with perfect conference records. This was everything you'd expect in a showdown for the conference lead. There was superlative pitching, timely hitting and sharp play from both teams.
The Ellsworth Cheese Curd Festival was the backdrop for the New Richmond Millers playing in the annual adult baseball tournament in Ellsworth. The Millers played in two close games, which resulted in them taking third place in the tournament. In the opening round of the tournament the Millers drew a bye. That put them into the tournament semifinals on Saturday night against Menomonie. The Millers fell behind 7-1, then came back to take a brief 8-7 lead.
The New Richmond baseball team keeps on winning, so much so that the Tigers have already locked up a share of the Lakeland Conference title. The Tigers completed a pair of wins against Frederic on Thursday, raising the team's record to 9-0 in the Lakeland Conference. When Baldwin-Woodville knocked off Grantsburg by a 7-1 score on Thursday, it assured the Tigers of a share of the Lakeland title. New Richmond clubbed the ball all over Citizens Field against Frederic on Thursday.
The New Richmond Millers were good hosts, on and off the field, this weekend. The Millers held their second annual adult baseball tournament this weekend. The tournament was an excellent fund-raiser for the team and there were several outstanding games played during the tournament. Hours before the games began, the Millers were working, getting the field prepared and making sure all the concessions were in place. All the energy spent on the prep work seemed to sap the Millers' energy for baseball.
The New Richmond baseball team travelled to Minnesota to find tough competition over the weekend. The Tigers competed in a wooden bat tournament at Hinckley, Minn., playing against some of the top senior American Legion teams in northern Minnesota. The Tigers took second place in the tournament, winning two of their three games. Originally, the Tigers were scheduled to play Hinckley in the opening round of the tournament last Friday night. Hinckley wasn't available because it qualified for the Legion state tournament. So Aitkin, Minn. stepped in.
Senior Blake Berger will be the seventh player in New Richmond High School history to play in the Wisconsin All-Star Classic baseball games. The games in this year's Classic will be played at E.J. Schneider Field in Oshkosh on June 29-30. Two games will be played each day as part of the tournament, which showcases the top senior high school players in Wisconsin. Berger had an excellent junior season for the Tigers. He hit .356, was second on the team with 24 RBI and was third on the team with 24 runs scored. He tied for the team lead with six pitching wins.
The St. Croix Central baseball team certainly put on a memorable show in its first-ever trip to the WIAA baseball sectional tournaments. The Panthers and Eau Claire Regis locked into a tough pitching duel, with neither team able to score for much of the game. Regis scored on a double and a throwing error in the sixth inning. That proved to be the only run of the game as Central was defeated 1-0. The Panthers end the season with a 15-7 record. Regis then faced Ladysmith in the sectional championship game.
Last week was one of the most important weeks of the season for the New Richmond Millers. By winning two of their three St. Croix Valley League games during the week, the Millers improved their chances of making the state adult baseball playoffs this season. Millers fans will get plenty of opportunity to see games this weekend. The Millers are hosting their second annual tournament, with games running from Friday night through Sunday at Citizens Field. The tournament starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, when Ellsworth faces the Minneapolis Blue Sox. At 9 p.m.