Niagara tops Coleman 7-5 in M&O baseball victory

NIAGARA, Wis. – Niagara withstood a late rally by Coleman and hung on for a 7-5 M&O Conference baseball victory Thursday at Memorial Park.

The Badgers had a 7-1 lead heading into the top of the seventh when the Cougars struck for four runs. But by hanging on, the Badgers made a winner of Ethan Blagec on the hill.

Blagec went five innings, giving up only one run to get the win. He contained the Cougars to four hits and struck out four with no walks.

“Blagec pitched a wonderful game against a heck of a ball team,” Badgers head coach Dean Neveau said. “We left a lot of guys stranded but also had some timely hits. I’m happy with our plate appearances at this time in the season. I’m liking the way our kids are making huge strides. It’s only going to help us come tournament time.”

The Badgers opened scoring in the second inning with four runs. Dillon Lantagne led off with a single. Austin Harvath and Vincent Bezold both walked to load the bases. Chase Champagne then singled in two. Hunter Kaldor followed by driving in Bezold and Champagne with a double to deep left center.

The Cougars scored one in the fifth with a Austin Tachick single and later scoring on a Dexter Karban fielders choice.

But the Badgers struck again in the sixth with three more runs. Dillon Neuens walked. Kaldor singled and Neuens scored on a Patrick Moreau single. Kaldor scored on a fielder’s choice by Blagec. Jacob Bousley singled to score Blagec.

Blake Margis had the big blow in the seventh for Coleman, a two-run single after the Cougars loaded the bases.

Kaldor wokred the hill in relief for Blagec, giving up five hits.

Kaldor led the Badgers at the dish going 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Champagne added 2 RBIs.

Niagara (7-5, 6-4) hosts Norway this afternoon.

DUNBAR, Wis. – Florence jumped on Goodman-Pembine for three first-inning runs and used it to take a 5-3 Northern Lakes Conference baseball victory Thursday afternoon.

“We gave the game away,” Patriots coach Even Neuens said. “Errors after walks and two routine plays came back to hurt us.”

The Patriots had two outs on the Bobcats in the first with no score, but a bothced pop up behind third extended the inning, and the Bobcats took advantage.

Marshall Kelley earned the win for Florence, going the distsance and allowing seven hits and one walk. He fanned six.

“Kelly pitched a good game against us,” Neuens said. “He threw strikes and changed location and speeds.”

Trent Heath shouldered the loss. He only gave up three hits, but seven walks came back to haunt the Patriots. Heath struck out 13 batter and was only charged with two earned runs.

“He pitched a pretty good game,” Neuens said. “His walks were a little concerning but what hurt us the most was the errors.”

Ben Johnson led the Patriots with two hits. Heath had a double.

The Patriots play at Elcho Saturday.

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