GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - Westby came up two runs short of its first-ever state title, falling to Oconto 4-3 in the WIAA state championship game.
"When we look back at our season, I'm sure we'll be proud of ourselves, but right now it just hurts," said Tyler Ihrcke, who drove in the game's first run.
Westby took advantage of four Oconto errors in the third inning, scoring all three of its runs in that frame. But the Norsemen committed an error of its own in the fifth, its only statistical mistake at the state tournament, allowing the Blue Devils to rally. Oconto scored three runs with two outs.
"You really do have to strive for perfection," Westby Head Coach John Hamilton said. "A team like that, they hit well and we made the mistake, and they made us pay for it."
Westby finishes the season with a 21-5 record.
"It's special just to be able to take home the silver," said starter Mitchell Larson, who allowed 4 runs (3 unearned). "Anything can happen on any given day for either team, and they came out and made plays and came up with some key hits when they needed to."20563964
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