The Clintonville Youth Baseball League hosted two tournaments this year.
The first tournament was held July 11-13, featuring 8U and 9U teams.
Clintonville finished with two wins and two losses on the weekend. In their first matchup, they took the win over Little Chute with a score of 10-7. Blake Weatherwax, Jonathan Scherschel and Jonathan Moder each had three hits and scored three runs. Sam Wegener and Jack Yaeger each had two hits and two RBIs. The team scored three runs in the fifth inning to secure the win.
In their second matchup, the team fell to Seymour, 16-1. Jackson Krohn had two hits and scored the teams only run. Gavin Christopherson had two hits and one RBI.
In game three, the 8U team overtook Fox Valley Eye, 16-15. Trailing 12-3 after two innings, the team held Fox Valley to three runs the remainder of the game. Clintonville scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win the game. Carter Young had four hits and drove in the tying run. Wegener drove in the winning run while tallying three hits. Yaeger had four hits, while Moder and Scherschel each had three hits and three runs scored.
In their final matchup, the 8U team fell to Plover Red, 17-2. Weatherwax had two hits. Wegener and Yaeger each had one hit with one RBI.
The 9U team played five exciting games over the three-day weekend and managed keep the second-place trophy at home.
The 9U team took a win Friday night against Waupaca with a score of 25-3. Kaleb Rath had three hits and a walk. Kolton Barkow had three hits, including a double. Kade Rosenow had three hits.
The 9U team then took on Pulaski for a 5-0 win. Braiden Behnke had three hits, including a home run, triple, and double. Bryce Cartwright had two hits, while Lucas Ferg added one hit.
In their third matchup, the 9U team beat Bay Port, 9-6. Jordan Wegener had three singles, Barkow had a double and a single, and Bryce Cartwright added two hits, including a home run.
The 9U team then faced Kimberly with a come-from-behind 5-4 win. Ferg had three singles, Behnke had a single and a triple and Rosenow added two singles.
The team fell in the Championship game to Wisco Clutch, 14-3. Behnke and Ferg each had two singles and one walk. Eli Kendl had a single.
The second tournament was held July 18-20 and hosted 10U-12U teams.
Clintonville placed fourth in the tournament. They opened the tourney Friday night with a 22-8 victory against Waupaca. Solid pitching from Klay Finger and Cameron Mauel along with hot hitting made the difference. Dylan Arnold had a five-hit performance and Brock Smejkal added three hits, including two triples.
On Saturday morning, the team took on Plover and came back from a four-run deficit to win, 9-8. The game-winning hit was delivered by Brady Kasson, a two-run single in the top of the sixth. Klay Barkow closed the game with 10 strikeouts.
The wheels came off during the team’s afternoon game against Luxemburg-Casco. The Spartans topped the Truckers 13-2 with solid hitting and defense.
On Sunday morning, the 11U team needed to win to get to the game for third place. Jarred Cartwright gave his team a good start pitching and added three hits to help beat Winneconne, 12-0. Nathan Morse added two hits as well.
In the third place game, the team faced a strong and fast Hortonville team. Errors got the best of the Truckers early and they could not dig themselves out of the hole. The team ended up losing 14-3 to Hortonville, earning them a fourth place finish in the tourney.
Clintonville started the weekend Friday night when they fell to Waupaca 12,5, but came back strong on Saturday morning with a 9-7 victory over Shiocton.
However, the team then fell to Oshkosh Red on Saturday afternoon, 14-4, knocking them out of the tournament. On the weekend, Matt Seifeldt had five singles, a double and a triple. Presley Rosenow had a home run, triple, double, and two singles. Jarren Wilke had five singles and Jared Cartwright added a triple, two doubles and a single.
Team of the Week
The Clintonville 10U team played four exciting games, going undefeated for the three days in keeping the first-place title at home for the first time in more than 20 years.
On Friday, Clintonville played Waupaca and won 8-4. Caleb Christopherson, Hayden Wojnowiak, and Braiden Behnke combined to give up three earned runs while striking out nine Comet batters. Behnke led the offense by getting two hits and scoring two runs. Bryson Kautz and Andy Lamia each had doubles, with Lamia getting an RBI and Kautz scoring a run.
Saturday afternoon saw the Truckers 10U defeat a tough Seymour squad 10-6. Christopherson, Behnke, and Cole Rosenow combined to shut down the potent offense, only allowing five earned runs. At the plate, Brayden Branstrom led the hitting attack by smacking three hits successfully completing a straight steal of home base.
Rosenow had two hits, including a triple, and drove in two runs. Brody Prill had two hits and scored two runs.
In the game that decided who would go to the championship game, Clintonville faced off against Kimberly Red in a game that went back and forth for six innings until the Truckers prevailed 12-11 in extra innings.
Christopherson, Rosenow and Behnke all toed the rubber in the game and fought hard to keep their team in it. Leading the hit parade was Josh Engelhardt, who in the top of the sixth inning, tied the game with a two-run home run. Wojnowiak had the go-ahead RBI in the top of the seventh, scoring Kaden Jueds, who started the inning with a double.
In the championship, the 10U team faced off against Stevens Point. Point had given up only four runs the entire tournament until the first inning against Clintonville, when the home team was able to score four on Christopherson’s grand slam. He finished with four hits and six RBIs. Nick Edwards helped both at the plate and in the field, getting two hits and making four putouts from third base. Riley Heeg also helped the cause earning a base hit and scoring a run.
Christopherson, Rosenow and Behnke held the vaunted hitting attack of Point to four runs total for the game, which was four below their average per game coming into the championship. In the end, the final score of 13-4 gave Clintonville a championship title for the first time in their own hosted tournament.