Collin Tidwell’s two-run double in the third inning helped give the Weyauwega-Fremont baseball team a 5-4 nonconference win Monday, May 23, over Waupaca in front of nearly 350 fans at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
Three Comet errors helped the Indians take a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Tommy Meehan reached on a two-out single off of Waupaca starter Kevin Moe and moved to second on a balk. Cody Derozier reached on an error, Treg DeSantis walked to load the bases and two runs came in on a dropped fly ball. Tidwell drove in the third run with a double.
The Comets got on the board in the second and third innings. Broghan Cullen led off the second with a single, stole second base and scored on Moe’s single.
Aaron Gooch scored for Waupaca in the third after reaching on a fielder’s choice and scoring on a Beau Ash single.
The Indians added to their lead in the third.
DeSantis drew a two-out walk and Alix singled to left field. Tidwell then stepped up the plate and drove the second pitch he saw over the center fielder’s head, to bring home DeSantis and pinch runner Cody Chase.
The Comets cut the lead to a run again in the fifth on consecutive singles by Casey Nicewander, Gooch and Sean Nelson, but that was as close as the Comets would get.
Trevor Potratz pitched the fourth and fifth innings for the Indians to get the win, while Derozier retired the Comets in order in the seventh to pick up the save.
Potratz, Derozier, Meehan and starter Mitch Beilfuss combined to scatter 10 hits and didn’t walk a batter.
The Indians finished with four hits.
Both teams received a bye in the first round of the state tournament. The Comets are a No. 2 seed in their Division 2 regional and will host No. 3 Omro or No. 6 Berlin Tuesday, May 31, in a regional semifinal.
Meanwhile, the Indians received a No. 1 seed in their Division 3 regional and will host No. 4 Plainfield Tri-County or No. 5 Iola-Scandinavia May 31.