Madison LaFollete 9, Verona 7 (Game 1)
The Lancers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning, and added another two runs in the top of the 2nd inning. The Wildcats battled back to tie the score at 3-3 with a run in the bottom of the 2nd inning and two runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Wildcats got RBI’s from senior Derek Witte and freshman Ben Rortvedt. The Lancers scored two runs in the top of the 4th inning to take a 5-3 lead, and Wildcats pushed a run across in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to 5-4. The Lancers tacked on four runs in the top of the 6th to make it a 9-4 game. The Wildcats scored a run in the bottom half of the 6th and two more in the bottom of the 7th to narrow the gap to 9-7, and that is how the game ended. Freshman Keaton Knueppel started on the mound and took the loss. He worked 5.1 innings allowing six earned runs on five base hits. He walked four and struck out seven. Senior Trevor Kermicle worked the final 1.2 innings and he allowed two earned runs on four base hits while walking two batters.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 3-10 overall and 3-10 in Big 8 Conference play.