The Westby/Coon Valley American Legion (W/CV) baseball team traveled to Onalaska on July 5-8 for the annual Onalaska Legion Tournament. W/CV lost (4-3) to Prairie du Chien on Thursday, July 5; lost to La Crosse (13-4) on Friday, July 6; defeated Onalaska (5-3) on Saturday, July 7; and lost to West Salem (6-3) and Sparta (6-3) on Sunday, July 8.
“We needed more power from our bats and less mental errors. We could have beat Prairie, the number one ranked team in the state and we pulled off a big win over tournament champion Onalaska. Hopefully our bats get hot as we enter the tournament stage,” Head Coach John Hamilton said.
Prairie 4, W/CV 3
After dropping a pair of games to Prairie the week before, W/CV was hoping the third time was the charm. Prairie tried to help Westby’s cause with three errors in the game, but strong pitching by both teams didn’t allow much scoring opportunity with scattered hits and runners on base it wasn’t enough to squeak out a win for W/CV as they fell 4-3 on a walk-off sacrifice fly by Clayton Ducharme sending in the winning run in extra innings to win the game in the eighth inning.
Jon Dwyer picked up the win for Praiire, while Hunter Ward recorded the loss of W/CV. At bat Nolan Rux had a double for W/CV, while Dylan Coleman, Tyler Smock and Gavin Gillitzer each had doubles for Prairie.
La Crosse 13, W/CV 4
La Crosse came out fast and furious putting up five runs in the top of the first inning and sealed the deal with five more runs in the seventh inning tallying up 13 runs, off 11 hits in the game.
After falling behind early, W/CV was never really in the game. They managed four runs, off eight hits, but three errors hindered any thoughts of a rally.
Sam Strangstalien hit a double for W/CV, while Alex Gavrilos and Jullian Erickson were both 3-for-5 for La Crosse.
Carter Bergdahl took the loss for W/CV and George Luuckner recorded the win for La Crosse.
W/CV 5, Onalaska 3
It was the Carter Bergdahl show on Saturday when W/CV met Onalaska. Bergdahl had all three of Westby’s hits in the game, but came up one blast short of a full cycle of hits. With a single, double and triple all recorded, he just couldn’t muster enough luck and power to rip a home run ball.
In a game riddled with errors, W/CV 3 and Onalaska 4, the local boys pulled off a 5-3 win over Onalaska, the host team and eventual tournament champions.
Sam Strangstalien picked up the win on the mound for W/CV and Ryan Miller recorded the loss for Onalaska.
West Salem 6, W/CV 3
W/CV put the first runs on the scoreboard. In the first inning W/CV went up 1-0 with a sacrifice fly and added another in the fourth inning with a bunt squeeze play to go up 2-0.
West Salem bats came to life in the fifth inning with three straight hits and a fielder’s choice ball that scored two runs to tie the game at 2-2.
W/CV retook the lead in the top of the sixth inning when Onalaska’s pitching struggled giving up three walks and the lead with one hit, 3-2.
A 2-run single by Christian Reimer in the bottom of the inning put West Salem back on top for good, 4-3, and they added a pair of insurance runs to seal the deal winning 6-3.
Mason Quellhorst recorded the loss for W/CV, while Josh Hauser picked up the win. At bat for W/CV Nolan Rux had a double. Adam Helgeson went 2-for-4, with a double for West Salem.
Sparta 6, W/CV 3
W/CV ended the 4-day tournament run facing Sparta in what turned out to yet another game riddled with errors (W/CV 4, Sparta 3). Both team scored a pair of runs in the second inning, but Sparta kept the runs crossing home plate aided by a Gabe Dearman double and a triple by Nick Church. At the end of the game the advantage went to Sparta who downed W/CV 6-3.
Weston Kabat recorded the loss for W/CV and Keegan Savor picked up the win for Sparta.
W/CV traveled to Holmen for a 5 p.m. game on Monday, July 9; hosted Stoddard at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 and West Salem on Sunday, July 15 at 1:30 p.m.
W/CV will be hosting the Wisconsin American Legion Class A Regional in Coon Valley on July 20-24. Games start at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 20, with W/CV playing the nightcap against Stoddard at 8 p.m.
“Hopefully this year we’re not flooded out like we were last year. My fingers are crossed for a nice run of weather this year,” Hamilton said.