Wason’s team wins area fastpitch league

Drew Anderson of Ffats Brewing swung on a pitch during the Dairyland Fastpitch Softball League semifinal game in Ettrick last Thursday.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

            A walk-off home run on Thursday night gave the La Crosse Classics/Wason’s Supper Club team the Dairyland Fastpitch Softball League title as they finished undefeated in league play this season.

            It looked as if Wason’s was going to be in trouble despite finishing the regular season unblemished. They trailed Ffats Brewing 4-1 with two at-bats left, but rallied for the win.

            The rally started with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. It ended one at-bat into the seventh as Tony Meidl blasted a leadoff home run to centerfield to give his team the win and the league championship.

            Ffats took the lead in the top of the first with a run and added another in the third before Miles Helgeson and Gary Sartor both homered in the fourth. Helgeson and Sartor both had two hits for Ffats. 

            Meidl was three-for-three for Wason’s while Ben LeFluer pitched them to the win.

            Ethan Ringlien took the loss for Ffats, but helped the team advance to the championship by pitching a shutout against Weiner’s Bar in the semifinal game earlier Thursday evening. 

            Ringlien allowed three hits and struck out 16 as he kept his team in the game, despite a lack of offense. 

            The game was tied 0-0 through regulation and it wasn’t until the top of the eighth that Helgeson led off with a single, moved to third on a single by Rob Herman and scored on an error hit into by Drew Anderson.

            Ringlien then struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of the eighth for the win.

            Herman and Anderson both had two hits for Ffats.

            Matt Stuhr took the loss for Weiner’s, despite striking out 19 batters. He allowed eight hits, two of which came in the eighth inning.


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