GRAND CHUTE - A year ago Bay Port fell in the Division 1 state title baseball game to Sun Prairie and Tuesday night the Pirates had a chance to schedule their revenge on the Cardinals.
After watching Sun Prairie win its semifinal, Bay Port was up next against Stevens Point with a trip to Thursday's state title game on the line.
After dismantling Hartford, 14-0, earlier in the day in a quarterfinal, Bay Port knew it wouldn't be that easy
against Stevens Point, but what unraveled the Pirates never envisioned.
After grabbing a 2-1 lead after one inning, the Pointers scored the game's next 13 runs, including an eight-run fourth inning, and handed Bay Port a stunning 14-5 loss at Fox Cities Stadium.
Rematch with Sun Prairie, gone.
Perfect record against teams in Wisconsin, gone.
Twenty-three game winning streak, gone.
Chance of winning third state title since 2009, gone.
The fourth inning broke the game open and it was similar to earlier in the day when Bay Port scored nine runs in the first inning against Hartford.
"That inning looked like what we've done a lot," Bay Port coach Mike Simoens said. "Everything they hit found a hole in the infield or found or just between the infield and outfield. Give them all the credit in the world. They did what they needed to do. I'm just proud of our guys, great season."
After pitching ace Ryan Frieder for three innings against Hartford, he was available to start against Stevens Point, but Simoens' plan was to go with Bret Neuville, who suffered through the fourth inning.
"Bret had a great outing his last time out," Simoens said. "We were confident. Our plan would've been to bring back Frieder on Thursday and thought we'd get seven (from Neuville). No thought about that at all."
Frieder eventually pitched the last 3 2/3 innings, but the game was basically over by then.
Offensively, Bay Port scored twice in the first inning and three times in the seventh. In between, nothing. It was a far cry from the previous three games when Bay Port scored at least 10 runs each game.
"We faced a pretty good pitcher," Simoens said of Point's Austin Schulfer, who had 12 strikeouts and five walks over six innings. "He controlled it a little bit. He was a good pitcher."
Too good as it turned out and Bay Port's season is over. The Pirates have made the state tournament five times in the last seven years and have won two state titles.
They wanted a third, but have to settle for a semifinal appearance. Simoens knows his program is on a good run, but it's hard to feel good after losing.
"We'll look back at that some time down the road," Simoens said. "These seniors wanted to go all the way. This has been a terrific year and just real proud of the guys."
- Notes: Game time was 2:30. ... Stevens Point had 17 hits, 16 singles. ... Neuville had two hits and Joey Baier had three RBIs for Bay Port. ... Bay Port's other two losses this season came on a trip to Florida against teams from Florida and Pennsylvania. It did beat a team from New York. ... Bay Port had seven seniors on this year's roster.
- Game ball: Baier, who drove in three runs.
- Numbers game: 8 Run fourth inning was too much for Bay Port to overcome.
For complete boxscore, click on link: http://www.wiaawi.org/Portals/0/PDF/Results/Baseball_Spring/2013/d1game6.htm
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