Black Sox sit in third with just over half the season done
By Jacob Heid
PLOVER — The Plover Black Sox are through 20 games in the Legion baseball season and are sitting in a tie for third place in the Wisconsin Valley Conference Legion standings. Plover sits at 14-6 (5-2) on the year; Wausau and Marshfield are the two teams ahead of them. The Sox have the most wins in the conference by four games, playing at least three more games than any team in the conference.
Most recently, the Black Sox played in a Sheboygan tournament from June 23-26, where they played in five games, going 4-1 over the four days.
Plover beat Sheboygan 12-1 on June 23, behind a gem by Kenny Schultz. He pitched six strong innings, surrendering only one hit and striking eight batters out. The Black Sox then had a 15-run performance versus Green Bay SW the next day. SPASH’s Lucca Weinkauf had a three-for-three day at the plate, driving in five runs in the 15-4 win.
On June 25, Plover improved its tournament record to 4-0 after back-to-back 9-1 victories over Marshfield and Viroqua. The Sox crossed the plate nine times in the first two innings against Viroqua, not scoring the rest of the way again. Plover smacked 11 hits against the team that got revenge in the tournament championship game.
Fast-forward to Sunday’s championship game, it happened to be a classic. Both teams drove in four runs in the first inning, with Viroqua taking an 8-4 lead after 2.5 innings. The Black Sox answered with five runs of their own in the bottom of the third, taking the lead back.
It was a game that everyone asked for. There were punches, counter-punches, and a championship game the athletes won’t forget.
After its tournament appearance, Plover played Stevens Point at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point on June 27, and DCE (D.C Everest) on June 29. The Black Sox went 1-1 in those two games. Stevens Point won 6-3 at its home field, and Plover beat DCE 10-0 in Wausau.
The team will travel out-of-state July 4th weekend for the New ULM Upper Midwest Classic.
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