Thursday, June 3, 2010

Rain wreaks havoc in Orfordville; WIAA state local rundown

ORFORDVILLE – After a regional finals loss as the underdog last year, Orfordville Parkview was looking to continue their run. The Vikings struck quickly with four runs in the first two innings. Cole Isenberger and Matt Woodstock each had two RBI singles in the first two innings.

Wisconsin Heights didn’t have the same success. Darryl Dykstra had five strikeouts into the third inning for the Vikings, including two in the top of the third before the game was suspended due to lightning. The Vanguards only had two hits as the black clouds swallowed the sunny, blue sky.

When play resumed, the layoff affected Dykstra. Aaryn Handel hit a line drive double, and Bryce Barsness singled him in. Now down 4-1, Barsness went to second on a throwing error and to third on a balk. Was this the beginning of a comeback?

Dykstra took a few deep breaths and recovered to pitch like he did before the delay. He struck out A J Donaldson to end the inning.

The bottom of the third looked promising for the Vikings to put up a few more runs. Andrew Roth walked to lead off, and he reached base for the first time in the regionals. Suddenly, the storms came. Within a few minutes, buckets of water were pouring onto the field like a waterfall; a river formed in the parking lot; and the teams rushed to their locker rooms to wait it out.

Parkview desperately wanted to finish the game, knowing they needed to get through the top of the fifth with the lead. However, it looked bleak for both squads. The rain didn’t end, and the field looked like a barren marsh. It only took 30 minutes, but the coaches called the game.

So, Parkview leads 4-1 in the bottom of the third with a runner on first and no outs. The game is going to resume today at 4:45 P.M. However, the Vanguards will have plenty of rest and a little extra time to shift the momentum in the game. They had a chance in the first inning, when Bryce Barsness survived a bases loaded jam, but they stranded a runner at second base in the next inning.

Overall, Parkview must get production from the bottom of their order to move further in the tournament. The bottom of the order stranded five runners, four in scoring position, and they had two strikeouts with the bases loaded. If they put the bat on the ball, it may have been 7-1.

Other games: Lancaster upset top seeded Boscobel 5-0, in a WIAA Division 3 Regional Final, on stellar pitching by Brian Day. Day allowed only two hits and no runs in six innings. He struck out 11 and only walked one. Lancaster scored four in the top of the third inning.

Nate Mezera hit a homerun in the bottom of the sixth to power Prairie du Chien over River Valley 5-4 in a WIAA Division 2 Regional Final. River Valley took a 4-3 lead in the top of the fifth, before the power of Mezera.

In the WIAA Waunakee golf sectional, Madison Memorial and Middleton qualified for the state tournament in Division 1 on June 7-8. Middleton finished seventh as a team in 2009.

In the Wisconsin Dells sectional in Division 2 golf, Madison Edgewood and McFarland qualified. Edgewood will be going for their second straight team title. They also finished second in 2008.

In Division 3, Cuba City finished second in the New Holstein sectional to make it to state. The Cubans are in their second straight state tournament.

Note for today: The WIAA state individual tennis tournament begins. Madison Edgewood has the No. 3 and No. 4 seeded doubles teams in the tournament, Danny Meicher/Austin Papenthien and Tyler Piddington /Ben Winding respectively.

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