Thanks to a number of rain cancellations and changes in the format of the Barabooo Tournament, the Viroqua Legion baseball team experienced a rarity last week, playing just one game in a six-day stretch, something that has not happened often in recent memory. They made up for it, however, playing back-to-back doubleheaders over the weekend at the annual Baraboo event.
Veterans Showcase at La Crescent
The 138’ers opened the week with a game versus the Prairie du Chien Grasshopper Legion team as a part of the Veteran’s Showcase series of Legion games in La Crescent on Monday, July 2. The last time the two teams met, back on June 25 in the first game of the Viroqua Tournament, the Grasshoppers shutout the 138’ers 1-0. It was a different story this time around.
The 138’ers scored three runs in the first inning, exploded for nine runs in the third and finished the game off with three more in the fourth to demolish the Grasshoppers 15-0 in a five-inning mercy-rule game.
Hunter Vikemyr had a perfect “tri-fecta” game on offense, going 3x3 at the plate, three runs scored, three rbi’s, a double and yes, also a triple. Only two other Viroqua hitters had multiple hits in the lopsided game including Dalton Burkhardt 2x4 (2b, 2r and rbi) and Brett Skrede 2x3 (2b, r and 3 rbi). Andrew Wedwick, Clayton Slack (2rbi) and Mike Stuber (3rbi) all cracked doubles, during the rout.
Dane Bach went the distance for the efficient three-hit shutout win, struck out three, did not walk a batter, and throwing just 61 pitches, only 17 of which did not find the strike zone.
Baraboo Tournament, July 7-8
Originally the 138’ers were scheduled to play a Friday game on the opening night of the Baraboo Tournament which had been planned as an eight-team event. However, due to three teams dropping out, the tournament schedule was adjusted to a Saturday-Sunday five-team affair.
When the dust settled Sunday evening, Viroqua walked away with the championship with a 3-1 record. Sheboygan and Reedsburg also finished with 3-1 marks, but the 138’ers won the title based on fewest runs allowed over the four games. Wisconsin Dells finished at 1-3 and host Baraboo was winless in four games.
Viroqua vs. Sheboygan, July 7
Viroqua opened play with a convincing 12-0 whitewashing of Sheboygan on Saturday morning, as Aaron Huebsch tossed a seven-inning complete game no-hitter, striking out eight and walking only two. Huebsch, an Ithaca High School graduate, committed to play at Winona State University next season, needed just 75 pitches to complete the gem. The shutout would obviously end up playing a key role in determining Viroqua as the tournament champs.
The 138’ers scored a pair of runs in each of the second and fourth innings, sandwiched around a four-run fourth, added a single tally in the sixth and closed out the rout with a three-run seventh.
Eight of the nine Viroqua starters contributed to the 12- hit attack, led by Hannah 2x4 (2r and rbi), Vikemyr 1x4 (3b, 2r and rbi), Burkhardt 2x3 (2-2b’s, 2 r and rbi), Brett Skrede 1x3 (r ), Mason Skrede 2x4 (2b, r and 3 rbi), Ryan Zemla 1x4 (2b, r) , Huebsch 2x4 and Slack 1x4 (2b and r).
Viroqua vs. Reedsburg, July 7
The 138’ers dropped a 9-8 seesaw battle to Reedsburg in the second game of the day. Trailing by a 7-6 score entering the top of the seventh, Viroqua scored an un-earned run and held Reedsburg off the board in the bottom of the inning to send the game to extra innings.
With two outs in the top of the 8th Hannah walked and Wedwick reached on an error, each scored on back-to-back singles by Vikemy and Burkhardt and Viroqua had an 8-6 lead. Reedsburg would answer however, with three runs in the bottom of the inning to defeat the 138’ers 9-8.
Vikemyr started the game, working the first five and 2/3rd’s innings, Wedwick tossed one and 2/3rd’s, taking the loss, and Huebsch did not retire any of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the 8th.
In an uncharacteristically sloppy defensive effort by both teams, a total of 17 errors were committed in the game, nine by Viroqua and eight by Reedsburg.
The 138’ers clubbed 10 hits in the game with Vikemyr 3x4 (2r) and Burkhardt 2x4 (2r and 2 rbi’s) leading the way.
Viroqua vs. Wisconsin Dells, July 8
A seven run first inning outburst and a ten-run explosion in the bottom of the fourth, lifted the 138’ers to a 19-1 thrashing of Wisconsin Dells in the opener on Sunday.
Mason Skrede had a game to remember. The VHS junior to be next year, allowed just one run, scattered five hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter, to earn the win on the mound. Skrede was also perfect at the plate going 4x4 with a double, scored four times and drove in three runs.
Zemla 4x4 (3b, 3r and 3 rbi’s) and Burkhardt 3x3 (3b and 3r) combined with Skrede for 11 of the 138’ers 17 hits. Nick Stekel 2x3 (3b, 3r and 2 rbi’s) was the only other Viroqua player with multiple hits in the blowout win.
Viroqua vs. Baraboo, July 8
In the final game of the day the 138’ers outscored host Baraboo 14-5 to clinch the tournament championship. The game was tied at 1-1 heading to the top of the third, when Viroqua erupted to score 12 unanswered runs, six in the third and three each in the fourth and fifth innings to put the game away.
Wedwick picked up the pitching win, with relief help from Slack, who worked the final two- and two-third innings.
The middle of the lineup, the No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters, Vikemyr 4x5 (2b, 4r and 6 rbi’s), Burkhardt 3x5 (2b, 3b, 2r and 4 rbi’s) and Bach 2x5 (2b, r and 4 rbi’s) did most of the damage, picking up 9 of the 12 hits and driving in 14 of the 17 runs.
After the 4-1 week, the 138’ers have built an impressive 22-10 season record, heading into a busy week with a single game scheduled for July 9, a pair of twin-bills on July 11 and 12, both at the park Bowl, before heading north to compete in a tournament in Ely, Minnesota, July 13-15.