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Bronkhorst deals Waupun into Legion D2 Central Plains Tournament

By WBC Staff, 07/29/18, 9:45PM CDT


Waupun Post 210's Caden Bronkhorst pitches against Osseo on July 29 at the Legion Class A state tournament.

OSSEO — Caden Bronkhorst pitched a complete game two-hit shutout as Waupun Post 210 defeated Osseo 6-0 at the Class A state tournament on Sunday to clinch a berth to the Division 2 Central Plains Tournament.

Bronkhorst struck out 14 in seven innings of work, and his offense scored in bunches to guarantee Waupun a spot in both the Central Plains Tournament and Tuesday's state championship game.

Both the Class A champion and runner-up advance to the Central Plains Tournament in Wahpeton, North Dakota next week. Waupun can finish no worse than second at state now.

Top-ranked Waupun (24-3) has not allowed a run in three games at the state tournament, outscoring opponents 23-0 thus far.

Waupun won the WIAA Division 2 state championship this June, and can win a second state title of the year on Tuesday. The Warriors rode strong pitching to the high school championship, and are doing the same in the Legion season.

Bronkhorst was the winning pitcher in the spring state championship game, where he also pitched a shutout. The soon-to-be-senior was nearly unhittable on Sunday. Even in the late innings, he pumped his fastball right by Osseo hitters, and his breaking ball showed plenty of life.

Post 210 scored two runs in the first inning to take an early lead. Caleb Sauer had an RBI groundout for the game's first run, and an Osseo error brought in a second.

The rest of the scoring happened in the third inning, when sacrifice flies by Sauer and Bryce Burmania came before a two-RBI triple by Baron Buchholz.

Osseo pitcher Jakob Lawrence settled in after falling behind 6-0, holding Waupun scoreless over the final four innings.

His offense couldn't get anything going against Bronkhorst though. Osseo (14-10) had just one player reach second base all game: Trevor Fischer in the fifth inning.

Despite two errors, flashy defense was one of the highlights for Osseo. Third baseman Jackson Johnson made a handful of great plays, including a diving stop of a grounder destined for the outfield, and Lawrence made some tough plays off the mound too.

Jak Lenz, who had three hits in the high school state championship game, continued to be a big-game performer for Waupun. He had three hits on Sunday, including a double.

Osseo dropped to 2-1 at the state tournament with the loss. They'll face Freedom at 5 p.m. on Monday in an elimination game. Waupun faces Fennimore (23-5, 2-1 at state) after the conclusion of that game.

Waupun's Keegan Hartgerink (right) celebrates with Brayden Sanders after defeating Osseo on July 29 at the Class A state tournament.

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Need to Know

Class A State Tournament

Monday's schedule

Osseo (2-1) vs. Freedom (2-1), 5 p.m.

Waupun (3-0) vs. Fennimore (2-1), 8 p.m.

Both games at Merchants Field in Osseo