Picked to finish second in the Wisconsin Valley Conference (WVC) after losing 12 seniors from last season, the Panthers went on to claim the Conference Title for the third time in the last four years, and then advanced to the State Tournament for the second year in a row.
SPASH then knocked off third-ranked Kenosha Bradford and top-ranked Bay Port to advance to the State Championship for the first time since 1989, where it rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the seventh inning to force extra innings, before it fell to defending State Champion and second-ranked Sun Prairie 5-4.
“We had a great season,” said senior third baseman/pitcher Sterling King. “This team is amazing. It was just an imaginary year.”
“The guys have a lot to be proud of,” said SPASH baseball head coach Kraig Terpstra. “They weren’t even picked to win the conference, and this team just said, ‘hey, it’s our turn, we want to play SPASH baseball.’
“And it just was a wonderful season, a wonderful ride for me as a coach, and the other coaches as well,” said Terpstra.