Diamond Cats to play Iola next
By Erik Buchinger
The Clintonville Diamond Cats suffered their first loss of the Legion State Baseball Tournament in a 6-1 defeat to West Salem on Thursday, July 27 in Clintonville.
West Salem took an early lead in the second inning on Braxton Ghelfi’s bases-loaded double with two outs to plate three runs.
Alex Jeranek shut Clintonville batters down, as he threw a complete game and allowed one unearned run on four hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts for the win.
Jeranek also hit 4-for-4 with a double and one run scored.
West Salem added two more runs in the fourth inning and scored another in the seventh to make it a 6-0 deficit for Clintonville.
On the mound for Clintonville, Nathan Krueger threw all seven innings and gave up six runs (five earned) on 10 hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
The Diamond Cats’ lone run came on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Clintonville dropped to 1-1 in the double-elimination tournament and will play Iola in an elimination game on Friday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Don Jirschele Field at W.A. Olen Park.
State Tournament Scores & Schedule
American Legion Class A
State Baseball Championship
Don Jirschele Field at W.A. Olen Park, Clintonville
Wednesday, July 26
Game 1: Waupun 2, Iola 0
Game 2: West Salem 2, Osseo 1 (9 innings)
Game 3: Prairie Du Chien 11, Little Chute 0 (5 innings)
Game 4: Clintonville 10, Niagara 4
Thursday, July 27
Game 5: Iola 4, Little Chute 1
Game 6: Niagara 4, Osseo 0
Game 7: Prairie Du Chien 5, Waupun 0
Game 8: West Salem 6, Clintonville 1
Friday, July 28
Game 9: Niagara vs. Waupun, 12:30 p.m.
Game 10: Iola vs. Clintonville, 3:30 p.m.
Game 11: Prairie Du Chien vs. West Salem, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 29
NOTE: Pairings for games 12 and 13 will not match previous opponents against each other unless absolutely necessary.
Game 12: 1 p.m.
Game 13: 4 p.m.
Sunday, July 30
Game 14: 1 p.m.
Game 15: 45 minutes after end of 1 p.m. game if needed.