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Eagles' softball team wins playoff opener


May 23, 2019

With the beginning of the postseason at hand, the Sauk Prairie softball team was given a clean slate and gladly took advantage of it.

Junior Elizabeth Kiechinger had two hits, including an RBI double, to help eighth-seeded Sauk Prairie race to an 11-1 win over ninth-seeded Adams-Friendship in a regional quarterfinal of the WIAA Division 2 Evansville sectional last Thursday.

“No matter how the rest of the season goes, it was nice to get that win in the first-round and to get an additional chance to play a high-level team,” Sauk Prairie coach Shane Been said

The Eagles (4-19) advanced to play at top-seeded Portage (15-4) in a regional semifinal game on May 21. Portage swept the season series with Sauk Prairie.

“Portage is a good team, they’re the number one seed for a reason,” Been said. “They bring a lot to the table besides speed. They have a great softball IQ, and we look forward to the challenge of playing them.”

Sauk Prairie sophomore pitcher Macey McIntyre allowed an unearned run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in tossing a six-inning complete game against Adams-Friendship that was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to the mercy rule.

“She had a no-hitter until the fifth,” Been said of McIntyre. “As the season has progressed, she’s done a better job with her change-up, which has been helpful. We played some good defense, and she reduced her walks. It was a good outing for her.”

After the Green Devils (5-16) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, Abby Kerl lined an RBI single to right field to tie the game in the Eagles’ half of the frame.

Olivia Flanagan, who entered the game as a courtesy runner for Kiechinger, also singled in the inning, then stole home to give Sauk Prairie a 2-1 lead.

McIntyre reached base on an error to lead off the bottom of the third inning, stole second and third and then scored on a passed ball to push the Eagles’ lead to 3-1.

Sauk Prairie then broke the game open with five runs in fifth inning and three more in the sixth.

Karina Guzman delivered a run-scoring single and Kiechinger followed with an RBI double in the fifth inning to help the Eagles put the game away.

“She has worked hard all year, and when the opportunity came she grabbed it,” Been said of Kiechinger. “It was a nice shot in the gap, she just drilled it. I was happy for her.”

Earlier in the week, Sauk Prairie closed out the regular season and conference season, falling to Portage, 13-0, in five innings on May 14. The visiting Eagles mustered just two hits, including a double by O.J. Joyce.

May 14

Portage 13, Sauk Prairie 0 (5)

Sauk Prairie …. 000 00 — 0 1 5

Portage ……. 127 3x — 13 13 0

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — SP: Macey McIntyre (L, 3-10-9-2-2), Makayla Shaw (1-3-3-3-1). P: Joia Simonson (W, 5-1-0-0-4).

Leading Hitters — SP: 2B — O.J. Joyce. P: Kratz (2x3), Brianna Brandner (3x4), Katelyn Belleau (2x4), McKenzie Brown (2x3). 2B — Brandner.

May 16

Sauk Prairie 11,

Adams-Friendship 1 (6)

A-F ..........…. 010 000 -- 1 4 4

Sauk ………... 021 053 -- 11 8 2

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) – AF: Peyton Hiller (L, 2-2-2-2-0), Sabrina Alibiter (2-3-0-2-2), Makenzie Armstrong (1.1-3-2-3-0). SP: Macey McIntyre (W, 6-4-0-2-4)

Leading Hitters — SP: Elizabeth Kiechinger (2x3). 2B – Kiechinger.


Change is often good, which is what Sauk Prairie coach Darin Pape hopes awaits his baseball team when the Eagles open postseason play this week.

With the end of summer baseball for the WIAA in 2018, the influx of mostly larger schools into the spring baseball season moved Sauk Prairie from Division 1 to Division 2 for tournament play.

Sauk Prairie (10-13) drew the No. 4 seed in its eight-team regional in the Baraboo Sectional. The Eagles will host No. 5 seed Dodgeville (10-7) of the Southwest Wisconsin Conference in a regional quarterfinal game on Thursday.

The game will be a rematch of a non-conference game from May 11 when Sauk Prairie rallied from a seven-run deficit to pull out a 13-8 victory over the Dodgers.

“We’re excited to go up against Dodgeville with the winner getting to go up against the No. 1 seed,” Pape said. “If we get hot at the right time, who knows? But there are no easy games going forward.”

The winner of Sauk Prairie-Dodgeville will play at No. 1 seed Madison Edgewood (16-3), which received a first-round bye, in a regional semifinal on May 28. Other quarterfinal matchups in the Baraboo regional include No. 6 River Valley (6-15) at No. 3 Mount Horeb (11-7) and No. 7 Platteville (6-10) at No. 2 Monona Grove (13-7).

Also receiving No. 1 seeds in the Baraboo sectional were Reedsburg, runner-up in the Badger North, Rock Valley Conference champion Beloit Turner and Capitol North Conference champion Lake Mills.

Following is a round-up of Sauk Prairie’s action last week:

Sauk Prairie 12, Wisconsin Dells 0 (5 innings) — Dylan Andrews tossed a one-hit shutout and had two hits to help the host Eagles blank the Chiefs in a non-conference game on May 13 that was called in the fifth inning due to the mercy rule.

Junior Domenic Adair had two hits, including a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs and highlight an eight-run third inning that iced the game. Sophomore Tyler Uselman delivered a two-run single and senior Bryant Schaaf and junior Ben German also had run-scoring singles in the inning.

• Portage 9, Sauk Prairie 6 — Ben German had two hits, but the visiting Warriors rallied from an early three-run deficit to defeat the Eagles in a Badger North Conference game on May 14.

Sauk Prairie grabbed a 4-0 lead in the first inning after two outs on senior Adam Juran’s RBI single, a two-run double by Tyler Uselman and junior Brooks Leister’s infield run-scoring single.

Portage quickly responded with three runs in the top of the second inning before Sauk Prairie pushed the lead back to 5-3 when Domenic Adair singled, stole second and scored on German’s infield single.

Sauk Prairie made it 6-3 in the bottom of the third inning when junior Dylan Andrews blasted a triple to left field to open the inning and scored on Uselman’s ground out.

But Portage countered with two runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to pull out the victory.

• Portage 5, Sauk Prairie 3 — The Eagles jumped out to a three-run lead before the host Warriors scored four unearned in the fourth inning to take the lead and held on to earn a sweep of the Eagles in a Badger North Conference game last Thursday.

Bryant Schaaf, Brooks Leister and sophomore Kyle Breunig each had two hits for Sauk Prairie, which finished 4-10 and in seventh place in conference play.

Adam Juran led off the second inning with a single to center field and scored one-out later when Tyler Uselman lined a double to center. Breunig followed one-out later with a single to center to score Uselman and stake the Eagles to a 2-0 lead.

Leister doubled to left field with two outs in the fourth, moved to third on Breunig’s single to left, and then scored on a double steal. That was all the offense Sauk Prairie could muster the rest of the game.

Matthew Miles pitched a complete game and Ryan Schultz delivered a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning as part of a five-run outburst to rally Portage (13-8, 6-8) for its second comeback in three days over Sauk Prairie.

• On deck: Sauk Prairie was scheduled to play a non-conference game at Lodi on Monday to end the regular season before opening post-season play against No. 5 seed Dodgeville on Thursday at Chuck Hall Memorial Field at 5 p.m.

May 13

Sauk Prairie 12, Wisconsin Dells 0 (5 innings)

Dells ............. 000 00 — 0 1 2

Sauk ............ 108 3x — 12 11 2

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — WD: Jace Knetter (L, 3.2-11-9-2-0), Ben Koenig (0.1-0-0-0-0). SP: Dylan Andrews (W, 5-1-0-0-6).

Leading hitters — SP: Domenic Adair (2x4), Ben German (2x3), Dylan Andrews (2x3). 2B — Adair.

May 14

Portage 9, Sauk Prairie 6

Portage ….. 030 022 2 — 9 7 2

Sauk …........ 411 000 0 — 6 9 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — P: Colton Allsage (2.2-7-6-2-1), Ryan Schultz (W, 2.1-1-0-0-1), Matthew Miles (S, 2-1-0-0-0). SP: Bryant Schaaf (4-3-3-6-4), Kyle Breunig (L, 1.1-3-3-3-0), Tyler Uselman (1.2-1-2-2-0).

Leading Hitters — P: Colton Brandsma (3x3), Matthew Miles (2x3). 2B — Brandsma, Miles. SP: Ben German (2x4). 2B – Tyler Uselman. 3B – Dylan Andrews.

May 16

Portage 5, Sauk Prairie 3

Sauk …....... 020 100 0 — 3 9 4

Portage …. 000 500 x — 5 4 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — SP: Dylan Andrews (L, 6-4-1-2-6). P: Matthew Miles (W, 7-9-3-1-3).

Leading Hitters — SP: Bryant Schaaf (2x4), Brooks Leister (2x3), Kyle Breunig (2x3). 2B — Leister, Tyler Uselman.


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