By Tim Kraus
Marshfield’s Nutz Deep Pride U16 Baseball team finished another weekend undefeated as it went 4-0 at Witter Field, in the annual Wisconsin Rapids U17 Jr. Legion baseball tournament July 5, 6 and 7.
The Pride boys led off the tournament with a 9-7 victory against a very strong pitcher, Erik Steinhilber, who went undefeated as a varsity hurler this past Wisconsin Valley season at 4-0, and an excellent 1.45 ERA.
Pride then beat a Lake Geneva squad, 19-1. In the next win against another U16 squad from Wisconsin Rapids, Pride put up 12 runs against the opponents 3. The tournament Championship was sealed with a 5-0 win over a very scrappy Auburndale team.
“We were fortunate to put up the number of runs we did, although the focus at the plate needs to get a little better. Our pitching for the most part has been our biggest asset. You’d think that after scoring 45 runs in 4 games, hitting wouldn’t be a concern, but that is the are we need to continue to improve on, especially going forward into some real quality upcoming tournaments.”
Pride will travel to a “Midwest Invitational Tournament” in Bettendorf, Iowa, on July 12th – 14th.