EagleHerald/Josh Lacy
Crivitz's Jaden Werner ropes a two-run double in the sixth inning against Sevastopol on Tuesday.
EagleHerald/Josh Lacy

Crivitz's Jaden Werner ropes a two-run double in the sixth inning against Sevastopol on Tuesday.


CRIVITZ — The Crivitz baseball team opened its playoff run with a 5-2 win over Sevastopol in the WIAA Division 4 regional semifinals.

The top-seeded Wolverines had a first-round bye and now advance to face the third-seed, Gibraltar/Washington Island who defeated Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran 10-0 on Tuesday. The regional title game will be played at Crivitz this evening.

On Tuesday, Sevastopol played well enough to keep the game close, but Jaden Werner turned in a solid performance on the mound and the Wolverines used some timely hitting to support their hurler.

“That’s a really good ball-club over there,” Crivitz coach Jeff Dorschner said. “They’ve got players and we had to give everything we had against them, and it still almost wasn’t enough. That’s postseason baseball. You’ve got to be opportunistic and we were able to take advantage of a couple of opportunities to push across some runs.”

Werner went 5.2 innings and allowed two unearned runs on three hits while striking out seven.

“Jaden wasn’t his best, but he was good enough to win today,” Dorschner said. “He never let it get out of control and never got in any real jams. Overall I’m pleased with the way we started out the tournament run and we will see what tomorrow brings.”

After working around a two-out single in the top of the first, Dawson Andrist drew a leadoff walk and scored on a two-out double from Kougar Wagner.

Sevastopol tied the game in the second when Nathan Stenzel reached on an error and scored on a single from Caleb Malvitz.

The Wolverines threatened to blow the game open in the fourth. Chase Gosse and Ethan Pelkin started the frame off with back-to-back singles. Alec Grandaw went to the plate intent on a sacrifice bunt, but laid down a perfect bunt for a single to load the bases.

Sevastopol’s Robby Pollman nearly worked out of the bases-loaded, no-out situation, inducing a come-backer to get an out at the plate and then getting Andrist to fly to shallow right. Down to their last out, Austin Burnside ripped a two-run double to push the score to 3-1.

After putting runners in scoring position but failing to score in the third and fifth innings, the Pioneers used an error in the sixth and an RBI double from Pollman to pull within a run. In the bottom of the sixth, Werner came through with a clutch two-out, two-run double to give the Wolverines some breathing room at 5-2.

In the seventh, Sevastopol got singles from Jacob and Josh Pflieger to get the tying run to the plate, but Burnside came on in relief of Werner and nailed down the final four outs of the game to earn the save.

WP — Jaden Werner 5.2IP, 2R, 0ER, 3H, 3BB, 7K.

LP — Robby Pollman 4IP, 3R, 3ER, 7H, 2BB, 3K.

Leading Hitters (Crivitz): Burnside 1-4, 2RBI; Werner 1-4, 2B, 2RBI; Wanger 2-3, 2B, RBI; Jonah Behrendt 1-3; Ethan Pelkin 1-3, R: Grandaw 2-3, 2R.

Sevastopol 010 001 0 - 2

Crivitz 100 202 x - 5