NEKOOSA – The Pacelli baseball team scored six times in the top of the first inning and never looked back, rolling to a 9-5 nonconference win over Nekoosa on Monday.
Ben Haemmerle threw six innings of one-run ball, striking out 10, to earn the win for the Cardinals, who finish the regular season with a 15-11 record.
Bryce Cashin had a triple and two RBIs, and Kaydin Mayek drove in three runs for Pacelli.
Ethan Hoogsteger and Hunter Boudreau each had two hits for Nekoosa (5-9), which scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh before Pacelli got the final out.
Pacelli hosts Wild Rose in a WIAA Division 4 regional quarterfinal Thursday at Bukolt Park starting at 4:30 p.m.
Nekoosa will play a Division 3 regional quarterfinal at home against Auburndale on Thursday.
Cardinals 9, Papermakers 5
Pacelli 620 001 0 - 9 8 1
Nekoosa 000 100 4 - 5 8 1
WP: Ben Haemmerle. LP: John Barten.
SO: Haemmerle (6 inn.) 10, Asher Jordan (1 inn.) 0; Barten (3 inn.) 0, Hunter Lochner (3 inn.) 2, Hayden Kaberle (1 inn.) 0. BB: Haemmerle 1, Jordan 2; Barten 4, Lochner 2, Kaberle 1.
Top hitters: P, Brycen Cashin 3B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Brock Birrenkott 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Kaydin Mayek 3 RBIs; Drew Kedrowicz 2B, RBI. N, Barten 2B, 2 RBIs; Ethan Hoogsteger 2x4, 2 RBIs; Hunter Boudreau 2x4.
Records: Pacelli 15-11; Nekoosa 5-9.