GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - After nearly a two-hour delay at Fox Cities Stadium Tuesday afternoon the Preble Hornets were able to start the WIAA State baseball Division 1 Quarterfinal game against Eau Claire North.
Preble’s perfect record now has blemish. The Hornets entered Tuesday’s match-up with a perfect 29-0 record but were stunned 9-0 by Eau Claire North due to a 7-run second inning by the Huskies.
"It's a tough loss but we went 29-1," Hornets senior outfielder/pitcher Jarrett Scheelk said. "I mean that's something I'll never forget. That's a great thing to accomplish. It's history and we shouldn't be hanging our heads. This was a great season.>
Huskies Tanner Halvorson pitched 5 innings giving up just one hit while Nick Hestekin and Noah Hanson each pitched one inning and did not allow a hit. So what went wrong for Preble?
" Our mistakes, our errors," Hornets senior infielder Taylor Bagniefski. "It just kind of compounded what happened and then in the end it just wasn't the outcome that we wanted it to end up being.>
This marks the second year in a row Preble could not make it past the first day of the State baseball tournament.
Preble pitcher Will Conard loaded the bases to start the second then a pair of RBI singles to right field scored two runs. A walk and then a hit-by-pitch scored another run for the Huskies. Then ECN Jaelin Williams singled up the middle scoring Ryan Venne and John Bickle.
The Hornets then pulled Conard for pitcher Quinn Williquette. Still in the second, Eau Claire North’s Braeden Neyens reached on a fielder’s choice with Tannor Halvorson scoring on a fielding error after the Hornets failed to step on home plate to get the force out. Another fielder’s choice scored another run to put the deficit at 8 runs.
In 2016, Preble lost in the semifinals to eventual State champion Burlington 9-0.