Sixers fall in Regional Championship
By John Kemmeter
After advancing to the championship as the last remaining unbeaten team in the AAA Region 2 Regional Tournament at Memorial Park in Plover, the Stevens Point Sixers American Legion Baseball team had its State Tournament hopes come to an end with a pair of losses against Wausau Friday, July 21.
The Sixers carried a 3-0 record into the final day of the double-elimination tournament, where they rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning against Wisconsin Valley Legion League (WVLL) Champion Wausau to tie the game at 5-5 and send it to extra innings, before Wausau pulled out a 7-6 win in 10 innings.
That set up a winner-take-all battle for a trip to the State Tournament, where Wausau (16-20) led 6-5 in the fifth inning, and then scored seven unanswered runs the rest of the way to win 13-5 and beat Point (17-13) in the Regional Championship for the second year in a row.
“We were down every game in this tournament, and we came together as a team, and came back and fought hard,” said Sixers first baseman/designated hitter Cole Wright. “And it just didn’t end the way we wanted it to end.”
“It’s tough because we played so well going into it, and I feel bad for the kids, that this is how it had to end,” said Sixers manager Jason Rieck. “Because they played really well all tournament, up until this last game.”
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