The Chaseburg Coon Valley Blues opened the season on Wednesday, May 17, at Coon Valley Veterans Memorial Park. Since then they have been swinging full throttle into the 2017 season. Burt Ekern is back at the coaching helm for the 2017 season. The Blues were 7-2 heading into Sunday’s game with Sparta Miller on June 11.
CCV 1, La Crescent 0
The Chaseburg—Coon Valley Blues started their 2017 season with a non-league game against the La Crescent Cardinals at “The Park” in Coon Valley. The game was pitching dual between the Blues Kody Larson and the Cardinals CJ Favre. La Crescent outhit CCV 5-to-3, but the Blues picked up the 1-0 win. CCV’s lone run score in the sixth inning, when Drew Tschumper scored on a wild pitch by Favre.
CCV 6, Sparta Miller 0
Damian Wiblin started on the mound for CCV and Jordan Vaaler for the Sparta Miller. The Blues scored two runs in the first inning and three in the second and added the final run in the fourth inning. Leading hitters for the Blues were Ben Faga (DB and 3 RBI) and Lucas Warren (2-for -3). Josh Knoll had a double for Sparta.
Osseo Merchants 5, CCV 3
The Blues traveled to Osseo to face the Merchants in a non-league game. Brock Rude started on the mound for CCV. The merchants picked up one run in first inning, but Rude shut Osseo batters down through the sixth inning. The Blues were scoreless until the top of the seventh when they pushed across a single run when Jeff Raasch, who drew a walk to get on base, scored on a ground out by Kody Larson to tie the game 1-1. Ross Withington came on in relief of Rude in the bottom of the seventh, but three walks, and a pair of CCV errors later, put Osseo up 4-1. The Merchants added another run in the bottom of the eighth, 5-1. The Blues scored twice in the top of the ninth, but came up short losing 5-3.
CCV 3, Eau Claire Cavaliers 1
Solid pitching by CCV starter Damian Wiblin and reliever Ryan Flock resulted in a 3-1 win over the Eau Claire Cavaliers. The Blues outhit the Cavaliers 14-5, with four players recording two or more hits. CCV put up the first run in the game in the fourth inning and added another run in the fifth inning, 2-0. Flock came on in relief of Wiblin in the sixth. Eau Claire made it a 2-1 game with a run in the sixth inning. The Blues picked up an insurance run in the ninth when Flock scored on a single to left center by Jake Erickson for the 3-1 win. Leading at bat for CCV, Sam Prissel (3-for-5, Triple), Corey Geary (3-for-4).
CCV 2, Bangor Cardinals 1
In a Memorial Day matchup CCV picked up a 2-1 win over Bangor. The Blues Alex Schulte and the Redbirds Luke Schultz were locked in a pitchers dual for five innings. Bangor took the lead 1-0 in the top of the sixth inning on a walk, a single and an error that allowed the run to score. Kody Larson came on in relief of Schulte in the eighth inning. The score remained 1-0 until the Blues pushed across a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Rochester Royals 8, CCV 7
The bottom fell out for the Blues when they crossed the state line and squandered a 7-1 lead, losing 8-7 to the Rochester Royals. CCV outhit the Rochester 13-8, but the pitching could not keep up. Damian Wiblin started on the mound for CCV and continued his streak of shutout pitching through five innings of baseball. Up 2-0, CCV added another run in the sixth, 3-0 and went up 5-0 with two more runs in the seventh. The Royals scored a single run in their half of the seventh, 5-1, but CCV added two more runs in the top of the eighth to increase their lead to 7-1. A series of CCV relief pitchers could not hold the Royals in check and they picked up three runs in the eighth and capped off the 8-7 win with four runs in the ninth.
CCV 17, Mauston Axemen 3
The Blues bounced back from their loss to Rochester and picked up a MVL win over the Mauston Axemen. Alex Schulte pitched seven strong innings in the 17-3 blowout. Ben Levendoski came on in relief and pitched the eighth inning. CCV racked up 13 hits as Mauston pitchers struggled. The Blues started their scoring early, getting four runs in the top of the first inning. With one out, Alex Robson doubled; Brock Rude walked; Corey Geary reached on an error to load the bases; Jeff Raasch walked in Robson; before Ross Withington doubled clearing the bases and giving the Blues the early 4-0 lead. Mauston made it 4-1 with a run in the third inning, but CCV came back with a single run in the fourth, 5-1 and 3 more in the fifth inning, 8-1. In the fifth inning, Geary reached on an error; Raasch singled; Withington doubled scoring Geary; Hinton singled to left for two RBI runs. The Blues tacked on another run in the seventh when Drew Tschumper eventually scored on a Mauston error, 9-1. The Blues went on a scoring frenzy putting up eight more runs in the top of the eighth inning of a run of Mauston pitchers, 17-1. The Axemen tried to rally back, but only added a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth falling 17-3.
CCV 13, Viroqua Sox 2
The Blues blew the sox off Viroqua to pick up its third league win of the season, 13-2. CCV outhit the Sox 17-8. Brock Rude started on the mound for CCV, pitching seven innings, giving up only one run and stuck out seven. Ross Withington pitched the rest of the game in relief. Ryan Kimm started on the mound for the Sox and the Blues jumped on Kimm for three runs in the first inning, 3-0. The Blues scored single runs in the fourth, sixth and eighth innings before breaking the game open with a big 7-run ninth inning. CCV sent 12 batters to the plate in the ninth and had seven hits. Leading at bat for the Blues: Prissel (4-for-6, DB, 3RBI) Corey Geary (4-for-6, 2 RBI), Nate Heili (3-for 6) and Withington (2-for 4 DB, 3RBI).
CCV 10, Whitehall Wolves 0
CCV improved their record to 7-2 with a 10-0 eight inning win over the Whitehall Wolves. Alex Schulte went the distance for the Blues picking up the shutout win. The Blues scored three times in the first, 3-0; Drew Tschumper singled; Corey Geary singled; Nate Heili reached on an infield single to load the bases; Ben Faga drove in Tschumper with a sacrifice fly to center; Geary scored on an error; and Heili advanced to second and scored on a single by Jeff Raasch. CCV added another run in the second, 4-0. The score remained 4-0 until the eighth inning when the Blues scored six runs on only two hits, aided by six walks in the 10-0 shutout victory.
CCV hosted Sparta Miller on June 11; Norwalk Knights, June 14; Lacrosse 35er’s, June 16; and Lansing Mudcats, June 18. The play at Copeland Park on June 22, 7 p.m.