Offense stays hot as Marshfield Clinic Post 54 Legion baseball cruises to another regional win
Blue Devils rout Stevens Point, play Plover in winner’s bracket game Thursday
By Paul Lecker
STEVENS POINT — The Marshfield Clinic Post 54 baseball team rolled to another victory in the Class AAA American Legion regional at Bukolt Park on Wednesday, blasting host Stevens Point 13-5 to improve to 2-0 in the double-elimination tournament.
Bobby Pilz earned the win for the Blue Devils (22-6), allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. Jake Brueggen picked up the save as he gave up just one run over the final 3 2/3 innings.
Jack Donahue smacked a home run, walked three times, and scored four runs for Marshfield. Donahue also hit a home run in the Blue Devils’ 17-2 win over Wisconsin Rapids in their regional opener on Tuesday.
Marshfield blew open a tight game with a five-run sixth inning and added three more in the seventh to go on top 13-4.
Marshfield moves on to a winners’ bracket game against Plover (21-9) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. The winner moves into the championship round on Friday, and the loser will play again at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the Stevens Point-D.C. Everest game, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
Plover outlasted Wausau 8-7 in 11 innings earlier Wednesday, and Everest beat Wisconsin Rapids 5-4 in 10 innings. Wausau and Rapids were eliminated from the tournament.
The champion of the tournament qualifies for the Class AAA Wisconsin State American Legion Baseball Tournament on July 28-31 at Watertown.
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Blue Devils 13, Sixers 5
Stevens Point 000 220 010 – 5
Marshfield 040 105 30x – 13
WP: Bobby Pilz (5 1/3 inn.). SV: Jake Brueggen (3 2/3 inn.).
Records: Stevens Point 16-11; Marshfield 22-6.
2015 Class AAA American Legion Baseball Regional
July 21-24, at Bukolt Park, Stevens Point
Tuesday, July 21
Plover 14, D.C. Everest 4
Marshfield 17, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Stevens Point 5, Wausau 4
Wednesday, July 22
D.C. Everest 5, Wisconsin Rapids 4 (10 inn.)
Plover 8, Wausau 7 (11 inn.)
Marshfield 13, Stevens Point 5
Thursday, July 23
D.C. Everest vs. Stevens Point, 1:30 p.m.
Plover vs. Marshfield, 4:30 p.m.
Winner of 1:30 p.m. game vs. Loser of 4:30 p.m. game, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 24
Championship games, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. (if necessary)