Prep Baseball Report

D1 Quarterfinals: Green Bay Preble outlast Kimberly in Eight

Steve Nielsen
Scouting Supervisor - Wisconsin/Illinois

Green Bay Preble 3
Kimberly 2

GRAND CHUTE, WI – The defending champs were on stage in game two of D1 quarterfinal action and provided a thriller with Green Bay Preble in extra innings. The Hornets needed eight innings but final held off the defending champs with a 3-2 win.

Sophomore LHP Ryan Stefiuk, a Vanderbilt commit, toed the rubber for Preble and looked nearly untouchable early on. Stefiuk struck out four of the first six outs, but only notched one more the rest of the way.

Preble got out to a 2-0 lead after four innings of play. Kimberly scratched one in the bottom half of the fourth after Drew Lechnir led off the frame with a triple. Lechnir would score on a Connor Chitko groundout to first, bringing the Papermakers within one.

It was Lechnir again in the sixth, this time Zach Lechnir led off the frame ripping a double down the line to left. Two batters later, his brother Drew drove him in with a clean single up the middle, tying the game 2-2.

Fellow sophomore Max Wagner relieved Stefiuk in the sixth and held the Papermakers in check the rest of the way. , striking out the side in the seventh.

Preble led off extras with a Casey Roeser single. A stolen base and productive groundout to first put the go ahead run at third with just one away. Kimberly’s John Nett almost wiggled out of the jam, getting another unassisted groundout to first, but with two outs, Zach Renier came up with a clutch two out single to right, scoring the winning run.

The win advanced Preble to semifinal play tonight against Waunakee, first pitch scheduled for 6pm.

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