The season is over for Waupaca’s Legion baseball team.
Waupaca fell to Menasha and Beaver Dam over the weekend at the Class AA state tournament in Luxemburg. Beaver Dam handed Waupaca a 10-0 loss Aug. 2 and Menasha picked up a 10-5 win the following day.
Menasha 10, Waupaca 5
A five-run sixth inning helped Menasha eliminate Waupaca from the double-elimination tournament.
Each team scored a run in the first inning, but Waupaca took a 4-1 lead with three in the top of the third. The lead didn’t last long, however, as Menasha scored four times in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-4 lead.
Waupaca came up with one more run in the seventh.
Menasha outhit Waupaca 14-9. Beau Ash homered and drove in three runs for Waupaca, while Jake Reedy added three hits and Joe Nelson and Donny Sell chipped in with two each. Tyler Thompson and Nathan Jack led Menasha at the plate with three hits each, while Austin Grade, Nick Janssen and John Quigley had two each.
Nate Nelson took the loss for Waupaca.
Beaver Dam 10, Waupaca 0
Beaver Dam showed why it’s favored to win a state championship, as Bryce Schmitt held Waupaca to one hit and drove in half of his team’s runs.
Beaver Dam scored three times in the second and fifth innings, added two runs in the fourth and came up with single runs in the first and sixth.
Winning pitcher Bryce Schmitt didn’t allow a hit until Nate Nelson led off the bottom of the third with a single. Waupaca starter Joe Nelson gave up seven hits and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings of work and took the loss.
Tony Schmitt added a two-run home run for Beaver Dam, which later picked up wins over River Falls and Sturgeon Bay to stay alive in the eight-team tournament.