Indees win three before loss to ECI


            Independence/Gilmanton’s Connor Smieja squared on a pitch during their game against Cochrane-Fountain City last week.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

Three wins last week made it 10 straight for the Independence/Gilmanton baseball team before they lost to a team that beat them before the streak began.

After losing to Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran on May 13, the Indees went on a run of 10 straight wins including wins of 4-1 over Blair-Taylor, 8-3 over Pepin/Alma and 6-5 over Cochrane-Fountain City last week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, however, the Lancers got the best of the Indees again, winning 7-5. No further information from the last three games was sent to the Times ahead of deadline.

 The loss put I/G’s record at 15-3 and clinched the Dairyland Conference title for the Lancers, who sit at 15-2 in DC play, while I/G fell to 13-3 before playing Eleva-Strum on Monday of this week.

The Indees are the top seed in their Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association regional and will play the winner of the game between (5) Eleva-Strum and (4) Blair-Taylor this coming Tuesday. The regional final will be played on Wednesday.

I/G 4 B-T 1

The Indees rallied late, scoring all four runs in the fifth and sixth innings.

The Indees took the lead in the fifth as Hunter Guenther led off with a single and came around to score. Wyatt Kuerschner singled with two outs and was followed by singles from Tyler Brantner and Connor Smieja before scoring on a passed ball.

I/G added two more runs in the sixth as Jackson Konter led off with a walk before Chris Killian doubled and Kuerschner singled, making the score 4-1.

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