The Webster Tigers out roared the Northwestern Tigers for a 9-1 non-conference baseball victory Monday, May 6, in Webster.
The local Tigers rebounded from that loss, thanks to Justin Sedin’s game-winning single in the bottom of the eighth inning, with a 5-4 win over Chetek-Weyerheauser Tuesday, May 7, in Iron River.
Trailing Chetek 4-0, Northwestern started its rally in the bottom of the fourth inning when Nolan Gustafson singled and scored on Brennan Werner's double.
The Tigers got within 4-3 in the fifth when Kole Paulsen singled and scored on Gustafson's infield single, and Dylan Ronchi, who walked, scored on Sedin's sac fly.
Three straight Bulldog errors allowed the Tigers to tie it up in the seventh.
In the eighth, Ronchi walked and Jake Brill and Gustafson singled to load the bases, which set up Sedin's game-winning hit.
Bryson Mazur was credited with the win after getting the final out in the top of the eighth inning. Jake Brill started for the Tigers, allowing eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Mazur struck the only batter he faced.
“The boys showed a lot of character not giving up when they were down 4-0 late,” NHS coach Jovin Kroll said. “To finish on top in the conference standings, teams have to win games like that one, where they have to dig deep and grind it out.
“Every little element in the game, like laying down the bunt or getting an extra base when pinch running, end up making the difference in the end.”
The Tigers finished with 10 hits. Gustafson was 3-for-5 with an RBI; Brill and Paulsen both had two singles; Sedin had a hit and two RBIs; and Werner had an RBI double.
Justis Knutson took the loss for the Bulldogs, who got a triple and single from Bronson Schofield and an RBI single from Dakota Hermann.
Andrew Klobuchar suffered the loss for Northwestern Monday at Webster, allowing eight runs (two earned) on nine hits while striking out three.
West Virginia recruit Hunter Rosenbaum picked up the win for Webster, allowing an unearned run on four hits and two walks while striking out 12 in 5.2 innings.
The Tigers’ run came in the top of the first inning as Gustafson reached on an one-out error and scored on back-to-back singles by Sedin and David Wakefield.
Rosenbaum went on to retire nine straight batters until issuing a pair of two-out walks in the fourth inning. Rosenbaum got out of the jam with a strike out.
Webster took a 4-1 lead in the second inning. Coleton Peterson reached on a two-run single, moved to third on Matt Buffington's double and scored on Mason Gustafson's ground out. Buffington then scored on a wild pitch.
Three errors led to Webster taking a 6-1 lead in the third inning and back-to-back Webster singles to start the bottom of the fourth inning were followed by a double play and a Jack Washburn RBI single. Washburn was then thrown out attempting to steal second.
It went to 8-1 in the fifth when Brad Sigfrids singled and scored on the Tigers’ seventh error.
Carson Holsclaw singled to lead off the sixth for Northwestern, but was stranded after three straight outs.
It went to 9-1 in the sixth when Washburn singled with two outs and eventually scored on a double steal with Rosenbaum.
Northwestern plays a doubleheader at Ladysmith at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 11, and then plays at Spooner at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 14.
TIGER TALES: Overall, only three of Webster’s nine runs were earned, thanks to seven Northwestern errors … Webster is coached by former major league pitcher Jarrod Washburn. His son, Jack, will attend Oregon State in the fall. His other son, Owen, is a sophomore.