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Wed
24
Jul

Hoppers advance to state tournament


Prairie du Chien got the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the fourth to put pressure on Fennimore in the first game Monday, before falling 3-2 in the double elimination regional at St. Feriole Island. Everything turned out well, however, as PdC won the nightcap 8-3 to advance to the Class A State American Legion Tournament in Westby July 26-30. They will take on Waupaca at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Field. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Dylan Coleman dives safely back to the bag to beat a pick-off attempt at first base versus Fennimore in the opening game Monday.

A short time later, Coleman popped up safe at second for a stolen base Monday afternoon against Fennimore in regional action.

Gavin Gillitzer fanned nine Fennimore batsmen in the opening game Monday.

Third baseman Ryan McGrath fields a grounder and eyes first base versus Fennimore.

 

The host Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team defeated Fennimore in the championship game 8-3 Monday night in a Class A Regional to advance to the state tournament to be held in Westby on July 26-30.

Prairie du Chien was 3-0 prior to Monday’s games in the double elimination tournament held at St. Feriole Island Ballpark. Fennimore was 2-1, having lost to Prairie on Saturday. The Hoppers had to win one game to win the regional title and advance to state. Fennimore had to beat Prairie du Chien twice.

Mon
22
Jul

Hoppers eliminate Viroqua

 

Both teams were strong on the pitcher’s mound Sunday, but Prairie du Chien eliminated Viroqua 3-1. 

In the first inning, Prairie got their offense started when Dylan Coleman hit a solo homer.

Prairie du Chien pulled away for good with one run in the third inning. In the third, Drake Coleman singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run.

Mon
22
Jul

Prairie du Chien defeats Fennimore

 

The Prairie du Chien Hoppers defeated Fennimore 5-2 on Saturday after taking the lead late in the game.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Hoppers tied things up at two.

The game was tied at two with Prairie du Chien batting in the bottom of the fifth when Grant Martin singled on the first pitch of the his at-bat to drive in a run to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Hoppers.

Mon
22
Jul

Hoppers edge Viroqua in 10 innings


Prairie’s Blake Bremmer rounds third and heads for home to score the Hoppers’ first run. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Grant Martin takes a good lead versus Viroqua in their regional opener on a sweltering Friday night.

Blake Bremmer dives back to first base ahead of the tag on a pick-off attempt.

The Hoppers’ Cory Check gets ready to unleash a pitch against Viroqua Friday night.

 

The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team ran off with the lead late in the game in a 2-1 victory over Viroqua on a sweltering Friday night. The game was tied at one with Prairie du Chien batting in the top of the 10th when Drake Coleman doubled on a 3-2 count, scoring what turned out to be the winning run.

The pitching was strong on both sides. Prairie du Chien pitchers struck out six, while Viroqua pitchers sat down 16.

Mon
22
Jul

Prairie du Chien hosts Regional American Legion Tournament

 

The American Legion Varsity Regional Tournament is being held at the St. Feriole Island Ballpark. The tournament began on a hot and humid Friday afternoon and will continue through Monday, July 22.

The first game began at 3 p.m. on Friday. Stoddard defeated Gays Mills 9-0 in the double elimination tournament.

Fennimore won a wild affair against Westby-Coon Valley 14-13 in the second game.

Mon
01
Jul

Prairie du Chien American Legion baseball team to hold fish fry fundraiser Saturday


The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers pose with their trophy after winning the Prairie du Chien Tournament earlier this season. Team members are, front row: Dylan Coleman, Zach Mara, John Nicholson, Tyler Smock, Clayton DuCharme, Gavin Gillitzer, Blake Bremmer and Grant Martin. Back row: Assistant Coach Bjorn Thompson, Assistant Coach Chas Sagedahl, Cory Check, Jacob Joy, Ryan McGrath, Conner Smith, Frank Cipra, Hunter Davis, Drake Coleman, Assistant Coach Tyler Wilkinson and Head Coach Nate Cejka.

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien American Legion Baseball program will be hosting a fish fry fundraiser the afternoon and evening of Saturday, July 6. 

Mon
01
Jul

Five players, one family to be inducted into Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame


The Carl and Marlene Achenbach family is being inducted as Friends of the Game.

 

Five players and a Friends of the Game family will be inducted into the Eastman Fast Pitch Hall of Fame on July 4 at 4 p.m. at the Eastman Ballpark.

 

Friends of the Game

Achenbach Family

Wed
05
Jun

Prairie du Chien baseball ends a fine season


Prairie’s Gavin Gillitzer pitched an excellent game in defeating Viroqua 2-1 in eight innings in the sectional opener in Brodhead Tuesday. (Photos by Marissa Weiher, Monroe Times)

Jon Nicholson gets ready to make the catch on a close play at second base in the second inning versus Viroqua.

Jon Nicholson reacts after reaching first base on a bunt in the first inning against Viroqua in Brodhead in the sectional opener.

 

Blackhawks defeat Viroqua but lose to Markesan

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated Viroqua 2-1 in eight innings in the first game of the WIAA Sectional played in Brodhead on Tuesday. 

Mon
03
Jun

Prairie baseball on to sectional play


Mark Welter of Prairie du Chien lashes a run-scoring single against visiting Fennimore in the regional final. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Josh Dyer scores Prairie’s first run Wednesday, having been driven in by Mark Welter.

Aaron Neisius of Prairie du Chien and the Fennimore first baseman intently watch the action.

 

The Prairie du Chien Blackhawks defeated third-seeded Fennimore 2-1 to claim the WIAA Regional championship on Wednesday in Prairie du Chien in high school baseball action. The victory advances the Blackhawks to the WIAA Sectional games to be played in Brodhead on Tuesday, June 4. 

Down 1-0 in the bottom of the second, the Blackhawks scored their first run to tie the game. Ryan McGrath started the inning with a single followed by a single by Dylan Coleman. Pinch runner Josh Dyer scored from third on a ground ball by Mark Welter. 

Mon
03
Jun

Four area athletes compete in State Track and Field Meet


Ben Teynor of Prairie du Chien clears a hurdle in the 300 hurdles Friday at the State Track Meet in La Crosse. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Gabby Ritchie finished in 10th in the Division 2 girls shot put at the state meet. (Photo by Ted Pennekamp)

River Ridge’s Skylar White clears the bar in the pole vault Friday morning at the State Track and Field Meet. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

Blake Laufenberg of River Ridge releases the shot in the shot put at the state track meet. (Photo by A.J. Gates, Grant County Herald Independent)

 

By Ted Pennekamp

 

Four area high school track and field athletes competed in the State Track and Field Championships at UW-La Crosse on Friday and Saturday.

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