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home : sports : sports December 17, 2014


5/28/2014 2:21:00 PM
Baseball regionals put Warriors on the road
Dave Greschner
Sports editor

The Rice Lake Warriors baseball squad, coming off a win and an encouraging performance against Eau Claire Memorial, hopes to get a game in yet this week before Division 1 regional play begins Tuesday.
The Warriors' scheduled regular season finale Tuesday was rained out in Rice Lake. Coach Mike Neil said he hopes the game can be made up Thursday or Friday.
Rice Lake, 3-11 overall and 1-10 in the Big Rivers, opens regional play Tuesday at Marshfield. The Warriors received the No. 11 seed in the 12-team Division 1 regional field. Marshfield is No. 6.
Tuesday's winner plays at No. 3 River Falls next Thursday, June 5.
After a 10-1 home win over Unity in nonconference play last Thursday, the Warriors got into a tight game with Eau Claire Memorial on Friday at Carson Park.
Memorial pushed a run across in the fourth inning and made it stand up for a 3-2 win.
Rice Lake had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the third on a sacrifice fly by Noah Pierce, scoring Cole Paulson, and an RBI single by Turner Swanson, scoring Austin Piecuch.
Paulson reached base when hit by a pitch, and Piecuch singled.
Rice Lake junior lefty Alex Kempf threw his third straight complete game but was tagged with the loss, giving up single runs in the first, third and fourth innings to the Old Abes.
Memorial tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the third on a walk and Jordan Wilson's RBI double. In the fourth, James Anderson's double knocked in the eventual winning run.
But Kempf got out of the inning without further damage, retiring three straight batters while stranding runners on first and second.
The Warriors went down in order in the fifth and sent only three batters to the plate in the sixth when Memorial turned a double play.
But the Warriors threatened to tie the game in the seventh against Ben Everhart, also working on a complete game. Parker Buckley walked and eventually reached third with two outs. But Everhart got the final out on a ground ball to third.
Everhart allowed only three hits while striking out 11 and walking two.
Kempf also put up strong numbers, allowing six hits, fanning three and walking two.
"Alex has been our go-to guy. He has gone all the way in his last three games. He's throwing strikes and letting the defense make plays," said Neil.
The Warriors had only one error against Memorial and got good range from center fielder Hunter Ashlin, who tracked down balls for four put-outs.
The win lifted Memorial to 5-6 in the Big Rivers.
Rice Lake got a complete game from another lefty, sophomore Michael Lindau, in Thursday's 10-1 win over Unity.
Lindau threw a three-hitter and allowed only an unearned run. He struck out eight and walked one.
The Warriors gave Lindau more than enough support with a seven-run third inning, which included a double by Anthony LeBron and singles by Mitch Kleusch, Swanson, Ashlin and Buckley.
Unity had three errors in the inning as the Warriors send 12 batters to the plate.
Rice Lake added three more runs in the fourth when Swanson slammed a two-run triple to deep right center and Ashlin followed with a sacrifice fly.

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