STEVENS POINT – Riley Warzynski had three hits and Cade Konczal knocked in a pair of runs as the Stevens Point Area Senior High baseball team downed Chippewa Falls 7-4 to capture a WIAA Division 1 regional final on Thursday at Bukolt Park.
Stevens Point moves on to the Division 1 sectional at Jack Hackman Field in Marshfield on Monday.
River Falls (10-8) will take on Eau Claire Memorial (19-7) in the first game at 10 a.m., with D.C. Everest (16-8) playing Stevens Point (18-5) in the second game at 1 p.m. The winners meet at 4 p.m. for the sectional final and a berth in the WIAA state tournament.
Chippewa Falls scored a run in the top of the first inning and held that lead until the fourth, when SPASH scored twice.
The Panthers poured it on with a four-run fifth and were able to hang on from there.
Kenny Schultz allowed two runs, both unearned, in 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win. He finished with eight strikeouts and gave up just one run and four hits.
Panthers 7, Cardinals 4
Chippewa Falls 100 010 2 - 4 6 2
Stevens Point 000 241 x - 7 9 3
Chippewa Falls stats not provided.
WP: Kenny Schultz.
SO: Schultz (5 1/3 inn.) 8, Kaden Thauer (1 2/3 inn.) 2. BB: Schultz 1, Thauer 2.
Top hitters: SP, Riley Warzynski 3x3; Evan Tuskowski 2B; Cade Konczal 2x3, 2 RBIs.
Records: Chippewa Falls 14-11; Stevens Point 18-5.