Kiel falls to Marquette in state semis

MEQUON – Milwaukee Marquette, keyed by a five run first inning, defeated the Kiel Raiders, 11-1, in the semifinals of the state summer baseball tournament Friday at Concordia University’s Kapco Park.

The Raiders, who finished 19-9, were making the school’s second state appearance, the other coming in 1969. The Hilltoppers went on to lose in the finals to unbeaten West Bend West, 6-4, on Saturday. Marquette finished 27-8.

Kiel grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Trenton Nickel led off and reached first on a throwing error by the shortstop. Nickel advanced to third on an errant pickoff throw by the pitcher. Austin Goehring followed with a sacrifice fly which drove in Nickel.

The Hilltoppers answered with five runs in the bottom of the first. Marquette rapped out five hits in the frame. The key hits were a two-run single each from Zach Schmidt and Ian Boho.

Marquette turned the game into a rout with a four-run outburst in the fifth to go up 9-1. The game ended after six due to the 10-run rule. In the fifth, Parker Panich cracked an RBI double and Zach Nogalski ripped an RBI triple to lead the surge. An infield error caused two of the runs to be unearned.

The Hilltoppers banged out 11 hits, led by Nogalski with three and Schmidt, two. Schmidt and Boho had a team-high two RBIs each.

Andrew Zeidler fired a four-hitter to earn the win. Zeidler allowed one unearned run and no walks while striking out seven.

Kiel starting pitcher Austin Conrad took the loss. Conrad threw 4-2/3 innings and surrendered nine runs (seven earned) on nine hits with three walks, one hit

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