Errors, big inning doom Demons
By Mike Ramczyk
GRAND CHUTE – Murphy’s Law was an inescapable reality for the Burlington varsity baseball team Tuesday morning at the WIAA state tournament.
Playing in a Division 1 quarterfinal against Arrowhead at Fox Cities Stadium, the team the Demons toppled in the state championship last year despite falling behind 4-0, anything that could go wrong went wrong in an 11-1, five-inning Warhawk triumph.
Burlington finished its season 21-5.
“I’m at a loss for words,” Burlington senior Zach Campbell said. “I feel empty right now.”
“We put the ball in play, but it was right at guys. We didn’t help ourselves in the field behind Trey. The outfield didn’t hit the cut at all. We made some dumb mistakes, and they made us pay for it.”
Two Burlington errors led to two Arrowhead runs in the second, and two more Demon defensive miscues opened the flood gates in a five-run third that turned the game into a blowout.
In all, Burlington committed as many errors as hits (five), and the Warhawks, who were vocal in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article Tuesday about keeping their foot on the gas pedal if they got another early lead against the Demons, belted 11 hits and received stellar pitching from Derek Crawley.
Burlington starting pitcher Trey Krause, who entered the game with only three earned runs allowed all season, finally suffered an off game with six…
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