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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'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
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
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.
Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014
Article comment by:
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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