GRAND CHUTE - The last time Ryan Frieder pitched at the Division 1 state baseball tournament he tossed three innings and allowed 10 runs in a championship game loss to Sun Prairie.
Tuesday, Frieder returned to the state tournament as he got the call for Bay Port's quarterfinal game
against Hartford, and once again Frieder lasted three innings. This time, though, it was a good thing.
Boosted by a nine-run first inning, Bay Port pummeled Hartford, 14-0, in five innings, and in the process Frieder was pulled early and could once again pitch in the state title game Thursday, if the Pirates win Tuesday night in a semifinal.
"It was nice to get all those runs," Frieder said. "Now I have four innings to go for the rest of the tournament."
"The kids were hitting the ball real well," Bay Port coach Mike Simoens said. "It was good momentum going into
the second inning and it had to be frsutrating for them, too."
Frieder admitted he had last year's game in his mind as he walked out to pitch the first inning.
"I had it in my mind; last time I was out here," Frieder said. "I just wanted to get the win and take care of my job."
That was made easier when Bay Port scored nine runs on seven hits and two errors in the first inning. The offense picked up where it left off in sectionals, when it scored a combined 22 runs in two 10-run wins.
This was a rematch of a state semifinal game last season and no doubt Hartford wanted revenge, but the Orioles never had a chance.
"We are absolutely on fire right now," Frieder said. "Hopefully we keep it up. We have two more games to go."
Bay Port (23-2), which received a home run from Drew Neuville in the third inning, is averaging 12 runs per game
in its last three. It would seem sectionals and the state tournament would lead to tougher pitching, but
recently nobody has been able to contain the Pirates.
Simoens doesn't think this type of production can continue.
"It's a good hitting offense, but the pitching's going to get better," Simoens said. "We can't hit like this
every game so we're looking forward to some tight contests."
Simoens was left in a weird position, as to when to pull Frieder after a nine-run first inning. He wanted to
make sure his ace got some work in.
"We needed to get him a little work," Simoens said. "We figured another 12, 15 pitches he'd be fresh. That's
another card we have in our pocket."
While Frieder made up for last year's state title performance, he might have another chance to pitch in the
season's final game. He'd be up for that and he's confident with his team's pitching staff.
"We have our top three pitchers left," Frieder said. "Scary."
- Notes: Bay Port beat Hartford last year in the semifinals, 8-3. ... Colton Peterson, Neuville and Jake Heinzen each had three hits for the Pirates, while Joey Baier had two. ... Peterson drove in three runs. ... Bay Port left seven runners on base, while Hartford left five.
- Game ball: Peterson, who had three hits and three RBIs.
- Numbers game: 12 Runs Bay Port is averaging in last three games.
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