Panther Baseball Hits the Tournament Trail
By Robert Whitmire
The SPASH Panthers begin play in WIAA tournament action Thursday afternoon, when they host River Falls in a Regional Final at Bukolt Park. First pitch is scheduled for 5 PM.
The Wildcats, advanced in the bracket with a 6-5 win over Merrill Tuesday in eight innings and come to town as the No. 5 seed in the bracket. SPASH is seeded No. 4.
The Falls finished the season in fourth place in the Big Rivers Conference with a 6-6 record, 11-10 overall.
SPASH took second in the Wisconsin Valley Conference with a 10-2 record.
SPASH led the conference in team pitching stats with a 1.66 ERA and finished second in batting with a .316 average and a .403 on-base percentage including 85 runs on 104 hits, 15 doubles, 71 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
The winner of Thursday’s Regional final will play Tuesday, June 6 against the winner of a game between Eau Claire North and Menominee.
Tuesday’s sectional semifinal game is scheduled for a 11 AM start at Bukolt Park with the championship game scheduled at 4 PM.
Menominee, the ninth seed in the bracket advanced with a 1-0 win over Hudson. North is the No. 1 seed in the bracket and took first place in the Big Rivers Conference with an 11-1 record.