The Webster Tiger baseball team did re-peat their championship win of last year by posting an 11-1 win over the Mineral Point Pointers in today's WIAA Division 4 Championship game at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
When asked if the rain of Wednesday affected his players' performance, Coach Jarrod Washburn said, "It got the kids an extra hour of sleep (today) and that's good for the kids. It was actually a blessing in disguise as we played the 8 a.m. game yesterday and it got the boys forced to stay in and rest."
Webster, once again, was the visiting team and came up to bat first. Jack Washburn got on via a single but was left on base.
A single by Mineral Point, a Webster error and a past ball got MP their first and only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning.
After that, Tiger pitcher Jack Washburn kept the Pointers off the scoreboard.
During the remaining innings on the mound, Washburn allowed no hits, no runs, no walks and struck out 12. He had five 1-2-3 innings in that stretch of time.
On the Tiger offensive side, Webster got to work in the second inning, erasing the 0-1 deficit and taking the lead at 5-1. A double by Trevor Gustafson, singles by Brad Sigfrids and Coleton Peterson started the inning. Matt Buffington was hit by a pitch. After an out, Carsen Stenberg singled. A second out came. Then Jack Washburn singled the fifth run in.
Two additional runs were scored in the fourth. Tanner Pardun singled, Stenberg walked, Owen Washburn singled and subsequently stole second and third bases. He came home on a fly ball to the outfield.
Mineral Point's pitcher may have been tiring as in the seventh inning the Tigers got four more runs in. Two singles, three walks and a hit batsman were the scoring plays.
The Pointers went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh to end the game.
Trevor Gustafson had a double and a single. Owen Washburn, Jack Washburn, Coleton Peterson and Tanner Pardun each had two singles.
"This is a special group," continued Coach Washburn. "I can't stay that too many times. These kids are great kids and they worked their butts off. They all used the talent they have and that makes my job easier."
When asked when he took the job if he anticipated these results, Washburn responded, "Somewhat. I knew that the future was really bright for Webster with the young kids coming up. These young kids are the seniors now. I was coaching these kids since third and fourth grade when I retired (from pro ball). I knew that there was talent. I also knew there would be some lumps for a few years to turn the program around, and now it is here for years to come."
So, the Webster Tigers are repeat WIAA Division 4 baseball champions and the stage has been confirmed and supported on a solid foundation in a legacy for years to come.
Congratulations, Webster Tigers, for a job well done and memories to cherish.