Viroqua senior left-handed pitcher Mitch Stalsberg
enters the state tournament having allowed only one
earned run on the season.
That's good for an E-R-A of 0.15....along with 101
strikeouts over 47-innings pitched.
After a weather delay Wednesday....Viroqua and Ripon
finally getting their Division two state semifinal
game played bright and early Thursday morning.
Ripon pitcher Payton Bryden pitches a great game .
check out this nice snag by second baseman Alex Goyette
in the 1-st.
Bryden with six K's ...
But the story is Mitch Stalsberg.
He shines again .
and then some.
He strikes out the side in the 1-st .
then 3-rd innings .
in fact the 1-st *12* outs he records are by strikeout.
But pitching with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the
he gets into a bit of a jam.
Bases loaded .
two outs .
and Stalsberg walks Taylor Worthington.
Goyette scores .
we've got a tied game at one.
?? How does Stalsberg respond??
By striking out Austin Nissen to leave the bases stranded.
Still 1-1 in the bottom of the 6-th .
and Stalsberg .
you guessed it .
strikes out the side.
We're up to 16 .
one shy of the division two state record.
Viroqua goes 1-2-3 in the top of the 7-th .
Mitch Stalsberg and his defense stays hot though.
Brock Moldenhauer to Tanner Elbert .
Austin Nissen to Zach Drake at 2-nd .
bobbles it .
but a nice play.
Then with a runner on 3-rd .
how else to send this game to extras then Stalsberg's
17-th strikeout .
there is the division two state record.
So we go to extras ...
Still 1-1 .
top of the 9-th!
Mitch Stalsberg .
doing it all .
despite the great grab .
makes it to 1-st.
Stalsberg steals second and eventually advances to
Viroqua fans on their feet .
they can feel it.
And you've gotta love who comes up .
Mitch's cousin .
High fly ball to left .
leftfielder moves over .
can't make the play!
Mitch trots in .
and it's 2-1 Viroqua!
Check out the high fives and hugs in the dugout!
So out comes Stalsberg in the bottom of the 9-th .
2-1 Viroqua ...
And Stalsberg strikes out the 1-st two .
he finishes with 21 strikeouts .
a W-I-A-A State Record!
So it comes down to Ben Pulvermacher .
grounder to 2-nd .
and Viroqua is headed to
the Division Two state championship
game in wild fashion!
A 2-1 extra innings win!
News 8's Kyle Deckelbaum has more from Appleton.
Kyle Hey Gregg, how about this? To add to the madness
of Viroqua having to play at 8 a.m.
this morning, the fire alarm went off in their hotel
They didn't get to bed until pretty late because they
had to evacuate.
But they had just enough energy for Dustin Stalsberg's
go-ahead, extra innings RBI.
The run sending Viroqua to the state championship
Dustin It got emotional a little bit.
It's just insane.
Just finally making it here and getting the opportunity
to be up with Mitchell on third, it was awesome.
Mitch Cousin brothers doing it again, I guess!
Kyle What a performance by Mitch Stalsberg.
The Winona State recruit with 21 strikeouts.
21! A new WIAA state record.
Mitch I didn't know that so I guess it feels pretty
I just went out there and tried to make sure I was
there for my teammates, throwing strikes and they
were making plays for me so I was throwing strikes.
It was all good.
We all played well.
Swanson We're real fortunate and if there's a better
pitcher in this area, I gotta see him.
Mitch I think we have some momentum going into the
next game for sure.
Kyle So Viroqua on to the state championship game,
The Blackhawks playing for their first state title.
Let's send it back to La Crosse for an update, Gregg?