The Hayward Hurricanes baseball team wrapped up their season with a 10-2 loss to the Northwestern Tigers in the WIAA Division 2 regional championship game in Iron River Wednesday, May 29.
Hayward took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning on an infield hit by Jacob Boss and an RBI double by Jonah Sande. But the Tigers erupted for six runs on five hits in the bottom of the third off Hayward starter Austin Wessel. The rally included a triple by Jake Brill, a shortstop error, a double by Justin Sedin, a hit batter, a single by Brennan Werner, singles by Kole Paulsen and David Wakefield, and a double by Andrew Klobucher.
The Canes scored their second run in the top of the fourth on a hit batter and a triple by Josh Kanters. The Tigers scored two in the bottom of the fourth and added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
Justin Sedin earned the win for the Tigers, giving up seven hits and two runs, walking two and striking out eight.
Austin Wessel took the loss, pitching 2-1/3 innings, giving up five hits, striking out two and walking none. Jonah Sande tossed three innings, giving up seven hits and three earned runs, walking two and striking out two. Jackson Morgan pitched 2/3 inning, giving up no hits and no runs.
Northwestern had 10 runs, 12 hits, three errors and 11 left on base. The Hurricanes finished with two runs, seven hits, four errors and 11 runners stranded.
Josh Kanters had two hits, including the triple and an RBI, Jonah Sande had two hits, including a double and an RBI, and Jacob Boss, Tom Tiffany and Cole Asp had one hit apiece.
The Hurricanes finished with a 19-8 season record, while Northwestern advanced to the Altoona sectional.
Win over Rice Lake
The Hurricanes advanced to the regional championship with a 2-1 victory over the Rice Lake Warriors on May 28 at Larry Somerville Field.
The Hurricanes scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a hit batter, a walk, a single by Dak Doyle, and a wild pitch allowing Austin Wessel to score.
Rice Lake scored their lone run in the top of the fifth on a single, sacrifice ground out and an RBI single by Verbsky.
Dak Doyle pitched all seven innings to get the win for the Hurricanes, giving up six hits, striking out two and walking none. Isaac Rohde took the loss for Rice Lake.
The win lifted Hayward’s overall record to 19-7 on the season, while Rice Lake finished with a 10-12 record.