By John Berns In a game seen too many times this season, Sturgeon Bay was unable to close out the seventh inning in a 4-3 loss to Denmark in a Regional Semi-Final baseball game on Tuesday. Holding a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning the meltdown happened quickly. A walk, two wild pitches, hit batter, and two errors saw Denmark handed the win without the benefit of a hit.
The Clippers had taken a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning when Anthony Moore walked, stole 2nd base, and scored on a Trent Ehlers ground out. Denmark took the lead in the 2nd inning on consecutive 2-out bases loaded walks. A pair of Denmark throwing errors in the 3rd and 4th innings saw the Clippers take a 3-2 lead which they held until the decisive final inning. Starting pitchers Jake Schneider for Sturgeon Bay and Cole Paplham both pitched well, but neither earned a decision.
Brennon Miller took the win in relief for the Vikings, while Trent Ehlers took the loss for the Clippers. Jared Van Bramer led the Clippers with a 2×4 performance at the plate, and Anthony Moore scored two runs, giving the stellar lead-off man 36 runs scored on the 19-game season. Moore’s 36 runs scored is believed to be an all-time record for Sturgeon Bay Baseball. The Clippers finish the season 14-5, with a Packerland Conference Co-Championship, but once again falling short in tournament competition.
Luxemburg-Casco was a 6-4 winner over #2 Valders. The #3 seed Spartans will play #1 Denmark this afternoon, weather permitting.