After scoring a pair of runs in the final two innings to beat third-ranked Kenosha Bradford (22-6) 4-2 in the WIAA Division 1 State Quarterfinals at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton Tuesday, June 11, the sixth-ranked Panthers (27-4) faced top-ranked Bay Port (23-3) in the State Semifinals Tuesday night.
Down 2-1 heading into the top of the fourth inning, SPASH exploded for eight runs to take a 9-2 lead on its way to a 14-5 victory and a berth in the WIAA Division 1 State Championship Game, where it was scheduled to face second-ranked and defending State Champion Sun Prairie (24-2) at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Fox Cities Stadium.
“It’s huge, (after) coming up a little short last year,” said senior third baseman Sterling King. “But the team is really confident, and we’re just playing awesome ball.”
“As a group (they) are really tight, and are just playing at an extremely high level,” said ninth-year SPASH baseball head coach Kraig Terpstra. “And I’m really proud of them, but not satisfied.
“We’ve done it for 31 games, and now we’re going to try to squeeze one more out of them,” said Terpstra.