Chequamegon U12 Little League wraps up season

Front row, from left: Hunter Minnema, Blake Richard, Max Brunner, Chase Kronberger, Blake Karnick and Jaedyn Eder. Second row, from left: Bobby Smith, Brady Herbst, Bret Beil, William Graf and Alec O'Meara. Back row, from left: Coach John Adleman, coach Joel Karnick and coach Jason Brunner. Not pictured: Coach Ben Minnema and coach Phil Richard.

The Chequamegon Screaming Eagles Little League Majors tournament team recently travelled to Marshfield for the Small Town Baseball State Championship and finished the weekend with a 1-3 record.

Winneconne, 16 – Chequamegon, 3

Early morning and early tournament jitters cost Park Falls early, as Winneconne plated seven runs in the first inning, aided by several Eagles errors.

Chequamegon, 8 – Spencer, 2

After a first game loss to Winneconne, the Screaming Eagles bounced back with a strong performance against Spencer. The Eagles Brady Herbst walked and Blake Richard singled to start the game, and later scored to give the Eagles an early 2-0 lead.

After a leadoff triple by Spencer, Max Brunner then retired the next nine batters he faced. With the Eagles leading 2-1 in the fourth inning, Chequamegon played small-ball, with back-to-back bunt singles by Herbst and Richard, single by Max Brunner, then a bases clearing triple by Hunter Minnema.

Blake Karnick shut down Spencer in the fourth and fifth, striking out three and giving up just one run.

The Chequamegon bats came to life again in the fifth inning, plating three more runs. Alec O'Meara closed the game with a 1-2-3, sixth inning to preserve the Eagles 8-2 win.

Marathon, 6 – Chequamegon, 0

The Eagles had a tough time figuring out the Marathon pitching staff, and were only able to get two hits.

Strong pitching by Max Brunner in the first three innings kept the game close at 1-0. Blake Karnick shut down Marathon in the fourth inning. Defense was an issue again in the fifth inning, as Marathon plated five runs for the 6-0 victory.

Rudolph, 9 – Chequamegon, 5

Chequamegon jumped on the Rudolph pitchers early, scoring four runs in the first inning. Hunter Minnema led the charge with a two-RBI triple. Alec O'Meara later singled, and the Eagles were off and running, trying to avenge a loss to the same team at the June Regional qualifying round in Neillsville.

Trailing 5-0, Rudolph rallied in the fourth inning to pull to within one point, 5-4. Rudolph continued their hot hitting in the fifth, plating five more runs.

Chequamegon was led in this game by strong early pitching from Alec O'Meara and Blake Richard.

Award Winning Arm

Hunter Minnema represented Chequamegon in the Strongest Arm Competition, and won the 12U division. Hunter had five chances, from the outfield, to hit a small target at home plate. He netted 7 points to lead all throwers for the event, and took home a nice plaque for his efforts.

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