EC Legion wins tourney title
Levi Schaller pitched six strong innings and the lineup provided a balanced attack as the Eau Claire Pizza Hut Post 53 19U Legion baseball team defeated Madison 10-1 on Sunday to win the Don Schlutter Central Wisconsin Classic title in Plover.
Schaller threw six innings of three-hit baseball and struck out eight to get the win for Eau Claire, which grabbed its second tournament championship in two weeks after winning its home River City Classic last weekend.
Five players had two hits apiece for Eau Claire: Zac Stange, Mitch Froehlich, Tanner Halvorson, Jaxon Kostka and Jaelin Williams. Post 53 ran out to a 7-0 lead after two innings to put the game away early.
— The Chippewa Falls Post 77 19U team defeated Sioux Falls East (South Dakota) 7-2 and Lakeville South (Minnesota) 5-4 on Sunday to win its pool championship at the Gopher Classic, the largest Legion tournament in the country. The wins advanced Post 77 to the Round of 16, where it will face Rapid City (South Dakota) today in North St. Paul. Chippewa Falls is the last remaining Wisconsin-based team in the field.
— The Eau Claire 17Us advanced to the regional championship game with a 19-14 win over Chippewa Falls. Anthony Pogodzinski had a homer and three RBIs for Eau Claire, and Jonah Wiggins was 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Eau Claire hosts Holmen today with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
EC Cavaliers, Bears split DH
The Eau Claire Cavaliers and Eau Claire Bears split a doubleheader in Chippewa River Baseball League action on Sunday at Carson Park. The Cavs took game one 5-1, and the Bears answered with a 9-3 win in game two.
Tom Mewhorter had a big performance at the plate for the Cavaliers in the first game, going 3-for-3 with a double. Brian Dickow threw a complete game four-hitter on the mound.
Sam Janni, Ty Fadness and Jim Thill powered the Bears to a victory in game two. Janni tallied three hits, and Fadness went 2-for-3 with a double and four RBIs. Thill drove in two runs and had two hits.
— The Eau Claire Rivermen swept the Stanley Slammers in a doubleheader, 9-2 and 8-7. Andy Niese had a 4-for-6 day at the plate for the Rivermen.
— Whitehall handled Cadott in a doubleheader, winning 13-1 (5 inn.) and 18-0 (6 inn.). Brad Schank tallied six hits and five RBIs on the day for Whitehall.
— Tilden defeated Jim Falls 12-2 behind a complete game effort by Carl Krumenauer and three RBIs from Jordan Steinmetz.