Four new champions were crowned on the final day of the WIAA Boys State Spring Baseball Tournament at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
Ithaca (23-3) started the day by rolling to a 10-4 win over Rib Lake (20-5) to capture the Division 4 championship. The Bulldogs concluded their third straight state tournament visit with their first ever championship. Ithaca opened the fourth inning with seven straight hits, coming from a 4-1 deficit to pull out the title game victory.
In Division 3, St. Mary Catholic (26-0) capped off a perfect season with a 5-1 win over Prairie du Chien (25-2). It was the fifth state tournament appearance for SMC and their first championship. All five of SMC’s runs were unearned.
Waupaca (25-4) captured its first title, holding off Milwaukee Lutheran (24-8) 2-0 in the championship game. The Comets were appearing in just their second championship game. Milwaukee Lutheran suffered its fifth state championship game defeat. Waupaca scored both of its runs in the third inning, sending retiring coach John Koronkiewicz out with a victory.
In Division 1, Burlington (25-5) scored four runs in the seventh inning, including the go-ahead score on a suicide squeeze bunt by Aaron Sturdivant to pull out the championship win over Arrowhead (29-3). It’s the first championship in three attempts for Burlington. It also avenged a 6-3 loss to Arrowhead in the regular season.