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April 22, 2014

NEW WAVERLY BASEBALL — Bulldogs jump on Onalaska early, cruises to 10-1 victory in finale

NEW WAVERLY — The Bulldogs are back.

After a year away from the Class 2A baseball playoff picture, New Waverly’s team has returned to form and perhaps even better than before.

The Bulldogs finished the regular season strong with a dominant 10-1 victory over Onalaska on Monday night.

“Really, our fielding as been a lot better,” senior Adam Postel said. “We haven’t been hitting the ball as hard as we should be but that will pick up in the playoffs. We really just wanted to have fun, have a game to remember in our last time here. This is the last time we’ll see this field for a game in high school ever.”

The only disappointing moments in the game for New Waverly were the missed opportunities to apply the mercy rule with a 10-run lead the Bulldogs never quite captured.

There was still plenty of offense for the Dogs to be satisfied with. They got out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning when junior second baseman Chaz Jackson hit a leadoff triple to get New Waverly going.

Senior Marshall Goodwin, who started at pitcher for the Bulldogs, followed Jackson’s triple up with a hit of his own and catcher Cade Tremie got on base due to an error in the Onalaska infield.

New Waverly broke the game open in the fourth inning with another five runs scored.

Jackson was walked to lead off the inning, then Tremie was given a free pass two batters later. That’s when designated hitter Billy Wilkie stepped up and crushed a two-RBI single to right-center field.

Wilkie made it to home plate later in the inning on fielding error by Onalaska.

New Waverly was in complete control at that point and was poised to end the game in less than seven innings, but Onalaska didn’t go away.

The teams went 1-1 in the next two innings

“They came out and they played well,” New Waverly head coach Chase Ledyard said. “We jump out 9-0 and there were plenty of chances to run-rule them but we didn’t capitalize on them. But in the long run, we were excited to win the last home game for our seniors.”

With the win, New Waverly enters the playoffs as a top seed and will face the No. 4 seed out of District 23-2A in two weeks.

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