APPLETON, Wis. - The second day of the WIAA State Baseball Tournament was postponed by five hours and 15 minutes after a storm washed through Appleton Wednesday morning. The day was originally set to begin at 9:00 in the morning. Instead it wasn't until 1:15 in the afternoon when the first pitch was thrown.
The WIAA initially hoped to still play all six scheduled games on Wednesday. By early evening it became clear to officials a sixth game wouldn't begin until well after midnight.
"We really wanted to get them all in," said WIAA Deputy Director Wade Labecki. "I think the record is a game started at 11:58 p.m. and they concluded at 2:27 a.m.
"I coached baseball. I don't think that's a reasonable request."
Viroqua and Ripon will now play Thursday morning at 8:00. The other Division 2 state semifinal between Notre Dame and Jefferson was still planning on being played late Wednesday night.
The championship game times in all four divisions have also been pushed back for Thursday. Division 2 is scheduled to be played at 4:35 p.m.
DIVISION 4 SEMIFINAL: McDonell Central 14, Ithaca 4
McDonell Central opened up the game with a four-run first inning. Ithaca responded with four runs of their own in the bottom half of that frame.
The Macks break that tie with another big offensive inning in the third, scoring five times. McDonell Central scores the game's final ten runs to win 14-4.
It was still a memorable postseason for Ithaca, as they saw their first ever state qualifiers in softball and baseball.
"The support that we had. And for any of the sports teams never having gone to state, and to have two in one season everybody was just buzzing," said Ithaca baseball head coach Jeff Hilleshiem.