Big Fourth Inning Lifts West Salem
West Salem scored five runs in the fourth inning to take a lead that they never surrendered to advance to the State Tournament Championship game. Niagara plated the first run of the game, but West De Pere finished strong, eliminating Niagara with a 10-2 win. Trevor Kastenschmidt hit a double off of Trey Doda and drove in two runs to start the scoring. Jake Whitbeck and Braxton Ghelfi both drove in runs off of base hits.
“They scored first, but the guys responded. It has been a long tournament and we are still standing” Coach Sean Gavaghan said.
Niagara was never able to get anything going at the plate against West Salem pitching. Eric Sesvold pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits and had three strikeouts. Jayden Beckley gave up two hits in the sixth inning and Talior Pontius finished the game in the seventh.
“Sesvold is my one returner, and he earned the right to get this start. He did not have his best command, but he battled and got the job done against a good hitting team.”
Gavaghan said the team is deep in pitching and played the game to win it.
“We have a job to do. We want to win every game” Gavaghgan said. “Come Sunday, we are long in pitching still. That is one of our advantages. We have guys that have not even thrown yet.”
Trey Doda started for Niagara and took the loss, giving up ten hits and seven runs. Landen Kaldor, Joe Murvich and Nate Krueger all had multiple hits. Trevor Kastenschmidt had a double and was 2 for 2 with 2 RBI to lead West Salem.
Gavaghan said he was proud of his pitching, and the way the team kept battling at the plate against a hard hitting and determined team after watching Niagara score 9 runs in one inning to beat Waupun.
“Don’t think for one second that we did not have the conversation about that before the game and during the game” Gavaghan said. “These guys are going to keep coming after you until the last out. We did not take them lightly at all.”