Kiel earns first trip to state in 48 years


BEN PICARD, Plymouth right fielder, snags a fly ball in Monday’s sectional baseball game versus Kiel. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley BEN PICARD, Plymouth right fielder, snags a fly ball in Monday’s sectional baseball game versus Kiel. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley NEW HOLSTEIN – The Kiel Raiders earned the second state baseball tournament berth in school history with an 8-2 win over New Holstein in the sectional finals here Monday evening.

Kiel’s previous trip to state was in 1969, four years after the inception of the state summer baseball tourney in Wisconsin. The No. 3-seeded Raiders upped their record to 19-8. The No. 1-seeded Huskies ended their season at 25-5.

Sheboygan Falls, the No. 4 seed, lost to NH, 5-2, in the semifinals Monday morning.

The state tourney will be held Friday, July 21 at Kapco Park on the campus of Concordia University in Mequon. Kiel will face Milwaukee Marquette (26-7) in the semifinals at 11:35 a.m., followed by the other semifinal game between West Bend West (31-0) and Franklin (27-6). The West-Franklin game will start about 40 minutes after the conclusion of the Kiel-Marquette match-up.

The state championship game is set for Friday at 6:05 p.m. The state tournament will be aired on Spectrum Sports Channel 32 in Milwaukee and Green Bay.

Kiel banged out 11 hits and received strong pitching from Jon Meyer and Nathan Goehring. Trenton Nickel keyed the Raiders’ attack with three hits and shared the RBI lead with Austin Goehring at two each. Austin Goehring and Lucas Schema added two hits apiece.

Meyer and Nathan Goehring combined on a four-hitter, with starter Meyer gaining the win. Meyer gave up one earned run on two hits with four walks, two hit batters and five strikeouts in 5-1/3 innings. Goehring threw the final 1-2/3 frames and surrendered one earned run on two hits with one walk, a hit batter and zero strikeouts.

NH starting hurler Brad Schroeder took the loss. He went four innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits with no walks and one strikeout.

Schroeder paced the Huskies in hits with two. NH left 11 runners on base, compared to Kiel’s six.

NH-FALLS GAME

The Huskies seized a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first to fuel their win over the Falcons (15- 13). The key hits were an RBI double by Carson Heus and a run-scoring single from Ben Andrew.

Charlie Schnell picked up the win in relief after pitching 2-2/3 scoreless innings. Falcon starter Ross Krist was the losing hurler.

The Falcons squandered many scoring chances as they stranded 11 baserunners. Trae Theobald and Mike Fischer had a team-high two hits each.

NH had four batters with two hits each – Trent Winkel, Schroeder, Nolan Beirne and Heus.


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