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Diamond Cats advance to championship series

Clintonville takes down Prairie Du Chien

By Erik Buchinger

Clintonville advanced to the state championship series with a 4-2 win over Prairie Du Chien on Saturday, July 29 at Don Jirschele Stadium.

Clintonville pitcher Colton Kluth was nearly flawless in the first four innings and got out of a few jams late in the game to earn the victory.

The Diamond Cats scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly hit by Chad Bork.

Kluth shut down Prairie Du Chien for the first six batters and allowed his first base runner with a hit-by-pitch to begin the third inning.

Clintonville extended its lead to 3-0 with a sacrifice fly hit by Kluth, which was followed up by a run-scoring double for Logan Liesenfelder.

Prairie Du Chien remained hitless until a double in the fourth, but Kluth threw an inning-ending strikeout.

In the top of the fifth, Prairie Du Chien rallied for two runs and threatened for more. With one out and the bases loaded, a groundball to the shortstop turned into a 6-2-3 double play to end the inning.

Clintonville responded in the bottom of the fifth with a run on a wild pitch to make it a two-run lead.

Prairie Du Chien loaded the bases again in the sixth inning, but Kluth got a strikeout to end the inning.

Kluth shut down Prairie Du Chien to secure the victory. He threw a complete game and allowed two runs on seven hits and zero walks with three strikeouts.

Clintonville was outhit 7-5, and Hunter Vollmer led the Diamond Cats at the plate, hitting 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

The Diamond Cats will play West Salem in the championship series on Sunday, July 30 at 1 p.m. If Clintonville wins, there will be a second game 45 minutes following the conclusion of Game 1.

The two teams matched up against each other in their second games of the tournament, and West Salem won 6-1.

State Tournament Scores & Schedule

American Legion Class A
State Baseball Championship
Don Jirschele Field at W.A. Olen Park, Clintonville
July 26-30
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 9, Waupun 8
Game 10: Clintonville 8, Iola 5
Game 11: West Salem 9, Prairie Du Chien 4
Saturday, July 29
Game 12: Clintonville 4, Prairie Du Chien 2
Game 13: West Salem 10, Niagara 2
Sunday, July 30
Game 14: Clintonville vs. West Salem, 1 p.m.
Game 15: Clintonville vs. West Salem, 45 minutes after end of 1 p.m. game if needed.
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