Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Lexi Bulau
VIROQUA-No one thought that EVW could top their two-time Class A State Championship, or even the Legion Tier II State Championship, but that's just what they did. The Legion team traveled to Viroqua, Wis., to compete in the American Legion Division II Central Plains National Regional Tournament, and they came in swinging, received excellent pitching from four different pitchers and were able to go undefeated, and win the whole thing.
They faced their first opponent, Richland Center (Wis.) and were able to get started right away with runs scored in every inning besides the second, including six runs in the third. They went on to win the game 14-2. Kevin Kramer was the winning pitcher.
In the second game, Post 381 faced the home team, Viroqua, Wis. This proved to be the toughest competition for the boys, but they still managed to pull out another victory. They won 3-2 after scoring one run in the first, and another two in the second. They had to rely on tough defense and strong pitching from their ace Matt Geislinger.
The next day, the boys played two separate games. In their first game of the day they face Pahrump Valley from Nevada. They were able to score four runs in the first and never looked back. They scored another run in the second and four more in the fourth. They had strong hitting again with seven getting at least a hit including Matt Geislingers two run home run. Hayden Willner was the winning pitcher.
In the night cap EVW faced Ripon, Wis., and 10-run ruled them. Their big inning came in the third when they scored five runs. Kevin Kramer was 3-for-4 in the game with three RBIs and a run. Ripon's only hit of the game came in the fourth with a two-run home run. John Bautch was the winning pitcher and pitches a near perfect game.
In the championship EVW faced Pahrump Valley again with the same results. They got a huge second inning and scored seven runs. They added one in the third and two in the fifth to finish the game in five innings. EVW received hits from eight different batters. They won 10-0 and the winning pitcher was Kevin Kramer.
It seemed as the tournament went on, the team got sharper and sharper. They seemed not to grow tired, and instead wanted to keep playing. Unfortunately, Division II does not have a national tournament, so the boys could not move on. Many of the players can come back for another season next year besides Dan Sargent and Matt Geislinger who will be too old to play. In the tournament Matt Geislinger was named Central Plains National Regional Most Valuable Player. Kevin Kramer and Dan Sargent, along with Geislinger, were also named to the all-tournament team. The team also received the sportsmanship award.