Sparta tops Osseo in WBA final

posted Aug. 22, 2016 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Leader-Telegram staff

Ryan Freitag hit a game-tying home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Dustin Warner’s sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth proved to be the difference in the Sparta Miller’s 2-1 win over the Osseo Merchants in the Wisconsin Baseball Association championship game Sunday in Merrill.

The Merchants, who won the Chippewa River Baseball League title, advanced to the title game with a 12-6 win over the Elmwood Expos in the semifinals earlier in the day. Sam Waters had three of the Merchants’ 18 hits in that game.

It was nearly an all-CRBL title game, but the Whitehall Wolves failed to score with the bases loaded and nobody out in the top of the ninth and lost 2-0 to Sparta in the other semifinal.

Freitag was named the tournament’s offensive MVP after going 7-for-16 at the plate over three games. Whitehall’s Alex Byom was named the pitcher of the tournament after throwing a three-hit shutout against defending WBA champion Chaseburg-Coon Valley in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Osseo received the sportsmanship award.


 

Osseo 12, Elmwood 6

Elmwood 101 040 000 — 6 9 2

Osseo 203 520 00x — 12 18 2

WP: Luke Eide (5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K). LP: Chad Fox (3 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 4 BB, 4 K). Leading hitters — Elmwood: Cody Holden 3x5 (2B), Michael Blizel 2x3 (R, RBI), Brett Keys 2x4. Osseo: Sam Waters 3x3 (R, RBI), Ryan Freitag 2x6 (RBI), Jesse Brockman 2x5 (2 R), Zach Slowiak 2x5 (2 R), Nolan Matson 2x4 (2 R, 2 RBI), Garrett Nix 2x3 (2 R, 2B, 2 RBI), Kyle Hestekin 2x5 (R, 2B, RBI), Joe Zawacki 2x3 (2B, 4 RBI). Records: Elmwood 22-9.

Sparta 2, Whitehall 0

Whitehall 000 000 000 — 0 7 1

Sparta 000 000 20x — 2 6 0

WP: Jay Voter (8 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K). LP: Alex Petroski (8 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K). Leading hitters — Whitehall: Max Ferguson 2x4, Scott Hovell 2x3. Sparta: Jesus Cezares 2x3 (R). Records: Whitehall 26-6.

Sparta 2, Osseo 1

Sparta 000 010 010 — 2 10 0

Osseo 000 000 100 — 1 9 0

WP: Mitch Voter (3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K). LP: Sam Neville (7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). Leading hitters — Sparta: Nolan Ritter 2x4, Mike White 2x3 (R), Josh Knoll 1x4 (2B), Mitch Voter 1x4 (2B) Osseo: Ryan Freitag 3x4 (R, HR, RBI), Jesse Brockman 2x4, Sam Waters 2x4. Records: Sparta 36-3, Osseo 33-5.

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