SHELL LAKE––In the first game of the day at the Shell Lake Sectional, the Webster Tigers defeated the Butternut/Mercer Pioneers 12-1 to advance to the Sectional Final.
"It was a good game to win, but we have to be at our best because we face either one of two good teams (Spring Valley or Thorp) in the final." Tiger coach Jarrod Washburn said after game.
Hunter Rosenbaum started on the mound for the Tigers and allowed no hits, no runs nor walks in the four innings he pitched.
Carsen Stenberg opened the game in the top of the first inning with a walk but was forced out on second on a fielders choice by Owen Washburn. Washburn promptly stole second and on a throwing error moved to third. Jack Washburn singled him home for the first run.
Jack moved to second on a wild pitch and stole third. On an outfield fly ball by Rosenbaum, Washburn scored. The first inning ended at 2-0.
Webster scored four in the third inning. A triple by Owen Washburn and a single by Jack brought in the first run. After a walk and an out, Brad Sigfrids powered a ball over the left field fence for a three run homer.
A walk, a Pioneer error, a fly ball and a single brought two more in for the Tigers in the fourth.
In the bottom of the fourth with the Pioneers at bat, a ball was hit through the infield to right field for what must be a base hit, the first of the game for B/M. But Jack Washburn tore in, grabbed the grounder and laced a throw to Brad Sigfrids at first for a 9-3 put out, saving the no-hitter at that point in time.
Butternut/Mercer got their only run on a walk and a double.
Webster got the remaining runs needed in the top of the sixth. With one out, a walk and a single put two on base. After a strikeout, another single loaded the bases.
The dramatic came true as Trevor Gustafson unloaded one down the left field line and over the fence for a grand slam home run.
Gustafson pitched the sixth, allowed a single and a walk, but then retired the next three batters to preserve the win.
Gustafson got four RBI's on the day with Jack Washburn and Brad Sigfrids getting three apiece.