Ellsworth beaten in state semis by Green Bay Notre Dame
APPLETON - A big inning for Green Bay Notre Dame put the WIAA Division 2 State Baseball Tournament semifinal game in their favor over No. 6 Ellsworth Wednesday.
The Tritons, 14-10 overall, scored three runs in the fifth inning to beat the Panthers 4-1 and advance to this afternoon's state final to play No. 2 ranked Lodi, who beat No. 7 Waupun in the other semifinal game.
Both contests were played late in the evening as a two-hour rain delay backed up the tournament schedule.
Ellsworth was stymied on offense until the seventh inning where they got three of their seven hits in the ballgame and plated their lone run when Chandler Flynn's RBI-single scored Tyler Marson. Logan Armstrong hit a double that inning as well.
There was only one out with runners at the corners in the top of the seventh but the Panther rally was snuffed out when Isaac Hines's line drive was caught backed handed by Notre Dame second baseman Alex Brault. This led to a double play which ended the game and was indicative of the defense Notre Dame played. EHS was also robbed of two potential extra base hits in the inning before that after big catches by ND outfielders.
"We hit ball hard enough, we just hit right at them," Ellsworth head coach Steve Block said. "I can't be disappointed in our effort, just the final score."
Winning pitcher Dom Golubiewski didn't do EHS any favors as he struck out five batters and only walked two.
The fifth inning is where Notre Dame did most of its damage at the plate. They scored three runs on four hits, including an RBI-triple by Brault which just cleared the foul ball line. Both lead-off batter Riley Christensen and DH Nick Zacharias had one of their team-high two hits in the inning with Christensen getting a double.
Armstrong and James Georgakas both had two hits to lead Ellsworth, who finishes at 16-4 overall.