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Viroqua falls to Jefferson in state championship game

Blackhawks commit 4 errors, come up empty with bases loaded

6/19/14 - Viroqua falls to Jefferson in state championship game

APPLETON, Wis. - Viroqua had Jefferson on the ropes in the top-half of the first inning. Eagles starting pitcher Kevin Krause had troubles finding the strike zone as he walked the bases loaded.

The Blackhawks weren't able to capitalize on the early opportunity as a strikeout and a groundout got Krause out of the jam without allowing a run.

Viroqua would end up stranding nine runners on base over five innings, including a runner getting thrown out at home to end an inning.

"We had the bases loaded three times and didn't get hits to stay in the game and they did," said Viroqua head coach Pete Swanson.

Unable to get the timely hit, Viroqua got shutout by Jefferson 10-0 in the WIAA Division 2 state championship game.

Out of the ten runs scored by the Eagles, seven were unearned. The Blackhawks had four errors in the game that led to big Jefferson innings in both first and third innings.

"That team is great. They're a great team," said Viroqua senior Dustin Stalsberg. "They hit the ball hard everywhere. We struggled a little bit and that happens. That's baseball."

Viroqua's season ends exactly how the program's previous two state appearances ended. The Blackhawks are bringing back the runner-up trophy.

"Been 29 years since we've been here so we've accomplished a lot this year," said Viroqua senior Tanner Elbert.

"Heck of a season, it was awesome. It's tough to go out like that but when you look back at what we did, it's awesome," said Stalsberg.

"We accomplished a lot and we accomplished all our goals really this season. You can't be disappointed with that."

"Played really well. Just tough to lose the last game," said senior Dalten Tryggestad.

Viroqua (23-7) graduates seven seniors off of this season's team, all seven played large roles in the 2014 state run.

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