Falcons shut out Bruce, fall to Thorp in Regional Final
The Flambeau baseball team had to overcome a conference opponent in the regional semi final last Tuesday night as they hosted the Bruce Red Raiders in Tony.
After a scoreless top of the first for the raiders the Falcons got their bats going as they scored two runs in the first, three runs in the second and two more in the third as they took a 7-0 lead over Bruce. The Falcon’s defense was getting the job done behind the pitching of Ethan Martin as they were able to hold the Raiders to just two hits on the night as the Falcons scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take the 10-0 victory and advance to the regional final Wednesday night against the Thorp Cardinals.
Ben Kopacz had a three hit night as he drove in two RBIs, Martin finished with three RBIs on two hits. Carter Verdegan also drove in two runs, while Jon Martin had a great night with two hits as well.
Martin went on to get the victory on the mound as he pitched six innings striking out seven batters.
On Wednesday night the Falcons were able to host the regional final in Tony in front of an excited Falcon following as they took on the Thorp Cardinals.
The Cardinals jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Falcons came back in the bottom of the inning as they scored a run to trail 4-1 heading in to the second inning. The Falcons gave up another run in the second, but their bats came alive in the bottom of the inning as they drove in three runs as they brought the score to within one run as they trailed Thorp 5-4.
Unfortunately that was the final time the Falcons would score as Thorp added five more runs as they went on to end the Falcons season by a 10-4 victory over Flambeau at home.
Ben Kopacz had two RBIs on the night for the Falcons as they finished up a great season that saw them capture a conference title as well as reaching the regional final for the first time in over ten years as they now have to say good-bye to a large group of seniors who have left their mark on the Falcon baseball program for head coach, Dan Kopacz and assistant Mike Verdegan.