GRAND CHUTE — A three-run fourth inning made all the difference Wednesday night as top-seeded and top-ranked Denmark beat Jefferson 4-1 in the WIAA Division 2 state baseball championship game at Fox Cities Stadium.
Kenny Satori singled and scored on a wild pitch and Hayden Konkol hit a two-out RBI single to key the three-run fourth, giving coach Bill Miller’s Vikings (31-1) the first state title in program history.
Pitcher Brennen Miller held the Eagles (25-7) to five hits and a run, which came across in the top of the fourth when Tyler Butina singled and scored on a two-out single up the middle by Tanner Pinnow.
The Eagles struck out nine times and twice had runners picked off first base. Luis Serrano doubled for the Eagles’ only extra-base hit but left the game with an injury after a play at second base and didn’t return.
Konkol and Abe Kapinos had two hits apiece for Denmark, which totaled seven hits off three Jefferson pitchers, including starter Butina, who took the loss.
Pitcher Brennen Miller worked 6⅓ innings for Denmark before semifinal winner Reece Piontek came in to strike out Jefferson’s final two batters.
Jefferson was making its eighth trip to the state tournament and its first since a runner-up finish in 2018. Coach Greg Fetherston’s Eagles won the state title in 2014.
- In semifinal play, Jefferson pitcher Isaiah Hoffman threw a two-hitter, striking out four and walking three, to help the Eagles take a 7-1 victory over second-seeded Waukesha Catholic Memorial (7-15).
Jefferson scored three times in the top of the first and four times in the seventh. Haygen Miller and Butina each had two hits for Jefferson, with Butina and Pinnow each driving in three runs.
Denmark scored five runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth to ease past Rice Lake 10-3. The Vikings took advantage of 11 walks from three Warriors pitchers. Logan Paplham doubled and singled to lead Denmark’s eight-hit attack. Joe Kroeger had three hits for Rice Lake (14-12).