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Hansel propels Union Grove into D2 championship game

By WBC staff, 06/13/19, 10:15AM CDT

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Union Grove's Luke Hansel pitches against McFarland on Thursday at Nienhaus Field in Appleton.

APPLETON — Union Grove didn't get to play its Division 2 state semifinal at Fox Cities Stadium.

So Luke Hansel made sure they'd be taking the field there for the title game.

Hansel pitched a complete game two-hitter, striking out eight to lift Union Grove over McFarland 6-1 in the semifinals at Nienhaus Field. The game was moved to Nienhaus after heavy rains on Wednesday postponed the Division 2 semifinals to Thursday morning.

The Broncos' offense gave Hansel plenty of run support to work with early. TJ Manteufel and Hansel hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the first inning, and Cody Horon and Michael Jocius added RBIs of their own. It put Union Grove up 4-0 after the top of the first.

The Broncos added a run on a balk in the second,  and the teams traded runs in the fourth.

McFarland's only run came on a sacrifice fly by Xavier Schreiber in that fourth inning. It offset Jack Clark's RBI single for Union Grove in the top half.

Manteufel finished with three hits for the Broncos, while Hansel and Jocius added two apiece. Reece Samuel and Austin Miller had McFarland's two hits.

Union Grove (27-3) will face Antigo in the Division 2 championship on Thursday afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium. McFarland finishes the season with a 20-10 record.

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