GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (WBAY) - The Green Bay Preble Hornets trip to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament is already better than last years’ experience. Preble senior Zach Renier hit the go-ahead RBI single to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth inning. Then sophomore pitcher Max Wagner got a force out to end the game with runners on second and third.
Preble scored a run in the third inning after a wild pitch brought in senior Jordan Gaulke. Then in the fourth the Hornets added another run to take a 2-nothing lead.
Then the Kimberly rally started. The Papermakers junior Connor Chitko RBI ground out made it a one-run game. In the sixth inning, junior Drew Lechnir singled up the middle to bring in Zach Lechnir to tie the game.
The score then remained tied through seven innings. In the top of the eighth, with no outs, Renier singled to right field scoring Anthony Veriha to give the Hornets the lead.
Preble will play Waunakee at approximately 6 p.m. Waunakee defeated Eau Claire North 12-8 in its D1 Quarterfinal game.
Tuesday, June 12
Division 1 Quarterfinals - 8 a.m.
Game 1 - Waunakee (19-6) 12, Eau Claire North 8
Game 2 - Green Bay Preble (21-3) 3, Kimberly (18-8) 2
Game 3 - Arrowhead (24-3) 2, Burlington (20-8) 1
Game 4 - Janesville Craig vs. Milwaukee King
Division 1 Semifinals - 6 p.m.
Game 5 - Waunakee (19-6) vs. Green Bay Preble (21-3)
Game 6 – Arrowhead (24-3) vs. Winner of Game 4
Wednesday, June 13
Division 4 Semifinals – 8 a.m.
Game 1 - Athens vs. Ithaca
Game 2 - Thorp vs. Johnson Creek
Division 3 Semifinals – 1 p.m.
Game 1 - St. Mary Catholic vs. Mineral Point
Game 2 - Webster vs. Kenosha St. Joseph
Division 2 Semifinals – 6 p.m.
Game 1 - Mosinee vs. Jefferson
Game 2 - Ellsworth vs. Waupun
* Second game of sessions scheduled approx. 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 1
Thursday, June 14
Division 4 Final - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 9 a.m.
Division 3 Final - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - Noon
Division 2 Final - Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2 - 3 p.m.
Division 1 Final: Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 - 6 p.m.