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home : sports : sports November 20, 2014


WITC

7/16/2014 1:23:00 PM
Little Leaguers head to state
Rice Lake Little League Wisconsin District 3 champions team members and coaches, kneeling in front, from left, Parker Kastner, Andy Farm, Zack Fisher and Ben Kemp. Standing, from left, head coach Russ LaPoint, Trevon LaPoint, Tyson Tomesh, Nolan Rowe, coach Steve Fisher, Riley Strohm, Mason Ewert, Sam Johnson, Caleb Randall, Joe Kroeger and coach Curt Rowe.
Rice Lake Little League Wisconsin District 3 champions team members and coaches, kneeling in front, from left, Parker Kastner, Andy Farm, Zack Fisher and Ben Kemp. Standing, from left, head coach Russ LaPoint, Trevon LaPoint, Tyson Tomesh, Nolan Rowe, coach Steve Fisher, Riley Strohm, Mason Ewert, Sam Johnson, Caleb Randall, Joe Kroeger and coach Curt Rowe.

Rice Lake's age 12 & Under baseball team plays in the Little League state tournament in Wausau beginning Saturday after winning the District 3 title last weekend. Rice Lake won three games in the district tournament to advance to state. It's the fi rst state appearance for a Rice Lake youth baseball team, said 12U team head coach/ manager Russ LaPoint. "We've always had a hard time getting past the state powerhouse Eau Claire Nationals in our district," said LaPoint. That changed last weekend when Rice Lake blanked the Nationals 10-0 for the third win in their three-game district sweep. It was Rice Lake's second win of the tournament over the Eau Claire team. The state tournament runs Saturday through next Friday, July 25, at Doepke Park in Wausau. Rice Lake plays its fi rst game in the six-team tournament Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Madison East, following opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. and the opening game at noon. The remainder of Rice Lake's games in the opening round robin are Sunday at 5 p.m., Monday at 7 p.m., Tuesday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. The top four teams advance to the semifi nals Thursday, July 24, followed by the championship game Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. In last weekend's district tournament in Eau Claire, Rice Lake opened with a 12-7 win over Lowes Creek, with Sam Johnson and Joe Kroeger leading the hitting, each with a three-run homer. Nolan Rowe was the winning pitcher. Rice Lake then went three extra innings to edge the Eau Claire Nationals, 11-10, in nine innings. Caleb Randall and Rowe hit home runs, and Kroeger got the pitching win. In the championship round, Rice Lake and the Nationals met again, with Rice Lake cruising to a 10-0 win in four innings. A three-run homer by Trevon LaPoint and a two-run shot by Tyson Tomesh led the attack, while Riley Strohm was the winning pitcher. Rice Lake hit at a .395 clip for the weekend, led by Tomesh and LaPoint, both hitting over .500. Handling the pitching duties were Rowe, Randall, Strohm, Kroeger, LaPoint and Parker Kastner. Strohm struck out six and walked none. Also playing were Andy Farm, Zack Fisher, Ben Kemp and Mason Ewert. Besides head coach Russ LaPoint, other coaches are Steve Fisher and Curt Rowe. Rice Lake hosts the 10U district tournament this week, Thursday through Sunday, at Meggers Field.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014
Article comment by: David Johnson

Congratulations Rice Lake. I wish I was there to see it. Good luck in Wausau. A team batting average of .395? Do you guys have a magic bat?



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