Plover will host Central Wisconsin Classic this weekend
Portage County Gazette
By John Kemmeter
Some of the top American Legion Baseball teams in the state will be in Plover this weekend for the 29th Annual Dan Schlutter Central Wisconsin Classic Thursday through Sunday, July 12-15.
The 10th-ranked Plover Black Sox are set to play four games in three days heading into the final day Sunday, which will be capped with the Championship Game at 1:30 p.m.
“We like to bring in some teams that play good baseball and give us a test,” said Plover manager Wayne Sankey. “And hopefully might be a little bit tougher than some of the teams that we’ll see in the playoffs.”
Included in this year’s tournament field are programs that won the last four AAA State Titles in Plover (2014), Madison Impact (2015 and 2016) and Eau Claire (2017).
Pool Play will start Thursday, with all of the tournament games set for Memorial Park in Plover, expect for one game Friday and two Saturday at Woyak Park in Plover.
The Black Sox are in Pool 1 along with fourth-ranked Fond du Lac, Madison Impact and Manitowoc, while Pool 2 consists of ninth-ranked Eau Claire, Neenah, Sheboygan and Watertown.
“We always bring in big teams, like Eau Claire, Madison, and Fond du Lac,” said Sankey. “Watertown’s got a really nice Junior College pitcher on their team (Trevor Tietz) that we’ll probably end up seeing, and Sheboygan’s usually pretty decent.”
Plover is set to open Thursday night against Manitowoc at 8 p.m., and then will play in a non-Pool Play game against Watertown at 8 p.m. Friday.
The Black Sox will wrap up Pool Play with a pair of games Saturday night, as they are scheduled to take on Madison at 5:30 p.m. and Fond du Lac at 8 p.m.
The tournament will conclude Sunday, with the second-place finisher from Pool 1 set to play the second-place finisher from Pool 2 at 11 a.m., followed by the Pool 1 winner against the Pool 2 winner in the Championship Game at 1:30 p.m.
“It’s usually really good baseball, and there are so many games,” said Sankey. “You don’t necessarily have to come and sit at all five like we do; I enjoy it, but come out and have a burger or something and watch some baseball.
“There’s going to be nice weather, and for me and some other people, there’s no other better place to be, than watching kids give maximum effort in playing a fun game,” he said.
29th Annual Dan Schlutter Central Wisconsin Classic
Thursday, July 12
Game 1: Fond du Lac vs. Madison (two points), 3 p.m. at Memorial
Game 2: Neenah vs. Sheboygan (two points), 5:30 p.m. at Memorial
Game 3: Plover vs. Manitowoc (two points), 8 p.m. at Memorial
Friday, July 13
Game 4: Madison vs. Sheboygan (one point), 10 a.m. at Memorial
Game 5: Manitowoc vs. Neenah (one point), 12:30 p.m. at Woyak
Game 6: Eau Claire vs. Fond du Lac (one point), 12:30 p.m. at Memorial
Game 7: Eau Claire vs. Watertown (two points), 3 p.m. at Memorial
Game 8: Manitowoc vs. Fond du Lac (two points), 5:30 p.m. at Memorial
Game 9: Plover vs. Watertown (one point), 8 p.m. at Memorial
Saturday, July 14
Game 10: Neenah vs. Eau Claire (two points), 10 a.m. at Memorial
Game 11: Watertown vs. Sheboygan (two points), 12:30 p.m. at Memorial
Game 12: Manitowoc vs. Madison (two points), 3 p.m. at Memorial
Game 13: Plover vs. Madison (two points), 5:30 p.m. at Memorial
Game 14: Eau Claire vs. Sheboygan (two points), 6:30 p.m. at Woyak
Game 15: Watertown vs. Neenah (two points), 8:30 p.m. at Woyak
Game 16: Plover vs. Fond du Lac (two points), 8 p.m. at Memorial
Sunday, July 15
Game 17: Second-place Pool 1 vs. Second-place Pool 2, 11 a.m. at Memorial
Game 18: Pool 1 Winner vs. Pool 2 Winner, Championship Game, 1:30 p.m. at Memorial