WAUSAUKEE — Coming into its WIAA regional semifinal game as the No. 4 seed, Niagara had the daunting task of taking down top-seeded Wausaukee on the road.

Badgers coach Dean Neveau had a bold strategy throughout the year preparing for this moment, which paid off as Niagara emphatically pulled off the upset by defeating the Rangers 6-0 on Tuesday.

Despite facing the Rangers twice during the regular season, Neveau saved ace pitcher Anthony Hansen, electing to use other pitchers in hopes they would meet again in the playoffs with the Rangers not having a good bead on what Hansen would be coming with.

“We didn’t throw Anthony against Wausaukee either time this year and that was by design,” Neveau said. “He threw the best he has all season and we didn’t have any errors behind him, something we haven’t accomplished all season.”

The Badgers set the tone early, jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Landen Kaldor drilled a lead-off double and three Wausaukee errors led to both Kaldor and Dawson Lincoln scoring.

A third run came across in the third after Josh Weber doubled and scored on a single by Hansen. Niagara opened the game up in the sixth after Elliot Peterson reached on an error, Kaldor and Lincoln drew walks and after Peterson scored on a wild pitch, Kaldor crossed home plate on another RBI single by Hansen.

Trailing 6-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Wausaukee had two runners in scoring position before Hansen finished the game with a strikeout.

“We couldn’t touch (Anthony) Hansen today,” Wausaukee coach Jon Betts said. “We had three errors in the first inning that really hurt us and little by little, things got worse from there.”

Hansen earned the complete game victory, allowing just three hits while finishing with 12 strikeouts. He finished the game in 99 pitches, 71 of which were strikes.

“Just a big win overall and I’m so proud of how hard we fought,” said Neveau. “The kids got a chip on their shoulder after getting the four seed, so we’re just going out there trying to prove we’re better than that.”

With the victory, Niagara travels to Laona/Wabeno for the regional final.

WP — Anthony Hansen 7IP, 0R, 3H, 12K, 1W

LP — Andrew Schroeder 5 2/3 IP, 5R, 1ER, 11K, 3W

Leading hitters (Niagara): Hansen 2x4, 3 RBI’s; Josh Weber 2x5; Landen Kaldor 1x2, 2B; (Wausaukee): Schroeder, Cole Caylor & Brenden Versaskas 1x3

Niagara 201 002 1 — 6

Wausaukee 000 000 0 — 0


COLEMAN — A tough end to a great season occurred for the Coleman baseball team on Tuesday.

Facing a talented Bonduel team in its WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal game, the Cougars struggled offensive and defensively and fell to the Bears 13-1.

Bonduel jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first inning. Holding a 4-1 lead in the fourth, the offense went off in the sixth for the Bears as they plated six runs to hike their lead to 10-1, putting the game away.

Noah Behfuss earned the complete-game mound win for Bonduel, tossing six innings of one-run ball while striking out four batters.

Parker Bohm helped lead Bonduel with two hits while also drawing a walk. Behfuss also connected on two hits along with Aaron Mergeofsky.

Mason Risner, playing in his final game, tossed three and one-third innings for the Cougars to lead the way. Both Seth Seefeldt and Cayden Bintz recorded a strikeout.

WP — Noah Behfuss 6IP, 1R, 4K

Leading hitters (Bonduel): Parker Bohm, Aaron Mergeofsky & Behfuss 2 IB’s

Bonduel 300 163 — 13

Coleman 100 000 — 1