WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Wyatt Post had three hits and three RBI to lead the No. 13 seed Marshfield baseball team to a 4-2 upset win over No. 4 Wisconsin Rapids on Tuesday in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal at Lincoln High School.
Marshfield (4-22) moves on to a regional final at No. 4 seed Hudson (18-7) on Thursday at 5 p.m. Hudson defeated Wausau East 7-3 on Tuesday.
Marshfield jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Post singled, went to third on a double by Cole Halvorsen, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Lindemann.
The Tigers tacked on another run in the third. Ben Dietsche doubled with one out and scored on a single by Post.
Marshfield pitcher Braxton Kurth was in cruise control until the fifth when Brian Olds led off with a triple and scored on a groundout by Canon Plawman.
Marshfield put up two insurance runs in the top of the seventh, which proved pivotal.
Carson Matis led off with a single and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bennett Lang. After a groundout pushed Matis to third and Dietsche walked, Post ripped a triple to left to score both runners and put Marshfield on top 4-1.
Wisconsin Rapids scored once in the bottom of the seventh thanks to a Tigers’ error, but Kurth was able to coax a groundout to end the game and send Marshfield into the regional final.
Kurth finished with four strikeouts and did not walk a batter in the complete-game victory.
Jordan Tibbetts also tossed a complete game for the Red Raiders, striking out five.
Tigers 4, Red Raiders 2
Marshfield 101 000 2 - 4 7 4
Wisconsin Rapids 000 010 1 - 2 6 1
WP: Braxton Kurth. LP: Jordan Tibbetts.
SO: Kurth 4; Tibbets 5. BB: Kurth 0; Tibbets 1.
Top hitters: M, Ben Dietsche 1x3, 2B, 2 runs; Wyatt Post 3x4, 3B, run, 3 RBI; Ryan Lindemann 1x3, RBI; Cole Halvorsen 2B. WR, Brian Olds 3B, run; Canon Plawman 1x3, RBI.
Records: Marshfield 4-22; Wisconsin Rapids 14-12.