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STEVENS POINT – Plover pitcher Kenny Schultz threw six innings of shutout baseball and got plenty of run support as the Black Sox knocked off Marshfield 7-1 in a winners’ bracket game at the Class AAA Senior American Legion Baseball Regional on Sunday at Bukolt Park.

Plover (27-11) scored in five of its six at-bats, which included solo home runs from Jack Kelly and Derek Baumgartner.

Schultz did the rest, allowing seven hits, but no walks or runs, and struck out eight to earn the win.

Marshfield scored its only run in the top of the seventh against reliever Connor Mrozek.

Chandler Schmidt and Preston Wagner singled, and Riley Boushack walked to load the bases.

Isiah Baierl delivered a sacrifice fly to play Schmidt before Mrozek struck out the final batter to end the game.

Wagner had three hits and Devyn Palmer had a pair of hits for the Blue Devils (15-20).

In other action at the regional on Sunday, Wisconsin Rapids beat Merrill 1-2, Stevens Point eliminated D.C. Everest, and then knocked Wausau out of the tournament with an 8-2 win.

Marshfield will take on Merrill in an elimination game at noon on Monday. The winner will play again at 7:30 p.m. against the winner of the Plover-Wisconsin Rapids game, which starts at 2:30 p.m. Stevens Point will play the Plover-Wisconsin Rapids loser at 5 p.m. in another elimination contest.

Play will wrap up with games at 4:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. if necessary, on Tuesday.

Black Sox 7, Blue Devils 1 Marshfield 000 000 1 – 1 9 3 Plover 012 121 x – 7 11 0 WP: Kenny Schultz. LP: Mason Coffren. SO: Coffren (4 1/3 inn.) 4, Chandler Schmidt (1 2/3 inn.) 0; Schultz (6 inn.) 8, Connor Mrozek (1 inn.) 2. BB: Coffren 3, Schmidt 0; Schlutz 0, Mrozek 1. Top hitters: M, Devyn Palmer 2×3, 2B; Coffren 2B; Preston Wagner 3×3, 2B; Isaiah Baierl RBI. P, Jack Kelly 2×4, HR, 2 runs, RBI; Derek Baumgartner HR, RBI, run; Austin Beyer 3×4, 2B, run, RBI. Records: Marshfield 15-20; Plover 27-11.

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