Burlington staves off late Waterford rally, takes 2nd straight conference title – Wisconsin News

Burlington staves off late Waterford rally, takes 2nd straight conference title – Wisconsin News

Sophomore Krause shuts down Wolverines in front of electric atmosphere

 

The Demons are ecstatic moments after winning Thursday. (Rick Benavides/SLN)

 

By Mike Ramczyk

sports@southernlakesnewspapers.com

On a night when Burlington pitching coach Bob Lee threw out the first pitch, it was fitting that some of his newest protégés stole the show.

The Burlington and Waterford baseball squads battled Thursday night at Beaumont Field with the Southern Lakes Conference championship at stake, and a jam-packed crowd of a few hundred, giddy with the promise of free hot dogs for all Demon fans, witnessed a thriller.

Burlington sophomore left-hander Trey Krause showed the poise of a senior considering the electric atmosphere, and his dominant five innings of three-hit ball silenced the red-hot Waterford bats as the Demons hung on for a 6-5 victory.

Despite a furious late rally from the Wolverines, Burlington (16-4, 11-3) claimed its second straight outright SLC title.

Waterford dropped to 15-6 overall and 9-5 in the SLC. With Wilmot’s win over Union Grove Thursday, Waterford finished the conference season one game out of second place behind the Panthers.

The Demons erased Waterford’s 16-7 thrashing from Tuesday and gained a measure of revenge.

Burlington sophomore pitcher Trey Krause was masterful Thursday, allowing only three hits and one run in five innings. (Rick Benavides/SLN)

“Trey was really good today,” Burlington head coach Scott Staude said moments after parents flooded the field for celebratory team photos after the game. “For a sophomore to step up in that situation, he hasn’t seen anything like this…

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