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Big hit eludes Badgers, season ends

June 09, 2010 | 08:37 AM
Kenosha — In the first inning of a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 regional final Friday at Kenosha Bradford, the Badger baseball squad had a good chance to jump out in front.

The local boys had the bases loaded and the middle of the order coming up, but they couldn't score a run.

"We couldn't get that big hit," coach Aaron Zweifel said. "If we could've pushed a couple runs across, it would've been different. We left a lot of guys in scoring position."

Bradford went on to score four runs in the second inning en route to a 5-2 victory.

Badger finished the season with a 14-11 record.

Badger committed four errors in the game, but none really were devastating.

"We played a solid game," Zweifel said. "The errors didn't kill us. Good teams will make you pay. They're a team that scores a lot, and we are happy to hold them to only five runs in each of our games. We were in the game the whole way, but we just didn't get that big hit."

Senior Laramie Wieseman finally got Badger on the board in the third inning with a two-run blast over the right-field fence.

Nick Clapp led the way with two hits, and Clint Andresen, Jake Hodgeman and Nick Elliott each added a hit apiece. Badger's hitters struck out 12 times, and Zweifel credited Bradford's pitcher.

On the mound, Hodgeman threw five innings and allowed four earned runs.

"He battled and got himself out of some jams," Zweifel said of Hodgeman. "We ask our pitchers to share the ball with the defense, and Jake did that."

Wieseman pitched the sixth and allowed no runs and no hits.

Zweifel picked up his first playoff victory this season, and he was happy with how guys stepped up amidst adversity.

"I'm proud of our seniors and happy with how the season ended," he said. "Our seniors led the whole time. We had some adversity, and freshmen and sophomores filled in nicely."

Graduating seniors will include Wieseman, Andresen, Hodgeman, Nick Clapp, Alec Storms and Nick Elliott.

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