WAUSAU – Wausau West scored four times in the bottom of the first inning and held on from there as it handed the Stevens Point baseball team its first Wisconsin Valley Conference loss of the season, winning 5-2 on Thursday at West High School.
West is now tied with Stevens Point for second place in the WVC at 4-1.
Josh Opiola took the loss for the Panthers (8-2), giving up seven hits and five runs in 3 2/3 innings, while striking out five. Benett Klish was 2-for-3 for SPASH.
Wausau West (5-6 overall) will host La Crosse Logan for a nonconference game Friday at 4 p.m.
Stevens Point plays a nonconference doubleheader at Chippewa Falls on Saturday starting at 11 a.m.
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