Late Surge Powers West Salem Past Prairie Du Chien
After momentarily losing its lead, the West Salem lineup received a timely hit by Jayden Beckley in the sixth inning to drive in two runs and padded their lead with four runs of insurance in the seventh to claim this battle of the final unbeatens in the state tournament 9-4.
West Salem jumped in front 3-0 after the first three frames, but Prairie Du Chien chipped away, getting two runs back in the fourth and then a solo home run in the fifth by Peyton Hall tied the game.
It wouldn’t take long for West Salem to reclaim the lead when Beckley singled up the middle to plate two runs.
Still, Prairie Du Chien wouldn’t go down quietly. They loaded the bases in the home half of the sixth, but the threat ended with a ground out second base.
Sensing the need for more insurance runs, West Salem hung up four in the seventh inning before an out was recorded.
Hunter Wakefield earned the win on the mound. He allowed six hits in 5 2/3 innings while striking out five. Gavin Greene took the loss in six innings of work for Prairie Du Chien. He also had five strikeouts.
West Salem was led by Ryan Beirne, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Trevor Kastenschmidt went 2-for-3 with two runs driven in. Beirne, Kastenschmidt, Nick Schultz and Braxton Ghelfi each had two hits for West Salem.
Greene was the only player for Prairie Du Chien to record multiple hits, though eight different players tallied at least one.