Waupaca baseball team taken out of tournament play
By Greg Seubert
It looked for a while like the Waupaca baseball team might be heading to state for the first time since 1969.
Nick Winter had other ideas, however.
The Milwaukee Lutheran outfielder’s walkoff base hit in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the Red Knights a 3-2 win over the Comets June 9 in a Division 2 sectional final in Mayville.
Waupaca had advanced to its first sectional final in seven years with a 6-0 win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran earlier in the day.
Lutheran took a 2-0 lead with runs in the first and second innings. Christian Gerner scored on a passed ball in the first and Trey Volkman scored on Jesse Soderbeck’s single in the second.
Waupaca got on the board in the third, as Nate Meihak led off with a ground-rule double and eventually scored on Johnny Popham’s sacrifice fly.
Waupaca tied the game in the fifth. Walker Smith led off the inning with a single and scored on Popham’s second run-scoring sacrifice fly of the game.
Popham and Jason Ellie had two-out singles off of Lutheran reliever James Wright in the top of the seventh, but were left stranded.
The Red Knights also had a pair of baserunners in the seventh, as Colin Knight singled and Gerner drew a one-out walk.
Winter then stepped up to the plate and delivered the game-winning hit.
Smith, who picked up the win on the mound against Kettle Moraine Lutheran, had two of Waupaca’s seven hits. Popham gave up five hits against Milwaukee Lutheran and took the loss.
• See more details from both games in the Thursday, June 18, edition of The Waupaca County Post.