Pointers defeat Blackhawks in sectional final

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The Blackhawks' Tyler Smock crosses the plate versus the Thunder of Osseo-Fairchild Tuesday at Copeland Park. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie's Mark Welter scores against Osseo-Fairchild in the sectional semifinal.

Mark Welter dives back to second base ahead of the throw Tuesday at Copeland Park.

The Blackhawks' Grant Martin rounds third and heads for home Tuesday afternoon.

Gavin Gillitzer pitches while the Osseo-Fairchild runner takes a lead off of first base.

Prairie pitcher Gavin Gillitzer fields a grounder and tosses to Hunter Davis at first base for the out against Osseo-Fairchild in the sectional semifinal.

The top seeded Prairie du Chien baseball team came within one win of going to the state tournament, but came up short, 8-2, to second seeded Mineral Point in a WIAA Division 3 Sectional final at Copeland Park in La Crosse Tuesday evening.
The Blackhawks were down 8-0 when they came to bat in the top of the seventh. They were able to get 2 runs in the inning due to some timely hits and walks, but their fine season came to an end as they finished with an 18-2-1 record.
The Blackhawks were regional champions and conference champions with a 10-0 record in the SWC.
The Pointers improved to 17-4 on the season. They were 11-2 in the SWAL, finishing second to Fennimore. Mineral Point defeated top seeded Wisconsin Heights 4-3 in the sectional semifinal.
In the sectional final, the Pointers scored 3 runs in the first inning, 3 in the fourth and 2 in the bottom of the sixth.
Mineral Point had 11 hits in the contest and committed no errors. Prairie had 7 hits and committed 2 errors.
Cory Check was 2x3 for the Blackhawks.
Check took the loss. He gave up 7 hits while striking out 4 and walking 3 in 3 2/3 innings. Dylan Coleman gave up 4 hits in 2 1/3 innings.
Prairie du Chien reached the sectional final by beating top seeded Osseo-Fairchild in the sectional opener 6-2. Osseo-Fairchild finished its season with a 15-7 record.
The Blackhawks took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run single by Drake Coleman and an RBI single by Gavin Gillitzer.
Prairie added 3 runs in the fourth inning on a triple by Tyler Smock that scored 2 runs and a single by Gillitzer that drove in 1 run.
Gillitzer gained the complete game victory. He gave up 6 hits while striking out 8 and walking 3 in seven innings.

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