MADISON (WKOW) — John Feldner has coached baseball at McFarland High School for 44 years. He has seen a lot in his time, but he did not see this coming.
“The whole thing is pretty unbelievable, how things have worked out. Just an unbelievable, awesome moment in McFarland baseball,” reflects Feldner.
His Spartans had a solid season. They’ve posted a 20-9 record and finished third in the Rock Valley Conference. Still, they have surprised many by going on a run in the postseason to punch their first ever ticket to the WIAA State Tournament.
“It was kind of a shock to a lot of people,” says senior catcher Adam Hoveland. “Nobody really expected us to get this far this year. Kind of happy proving them wrong.”
The Spartans are hoping to prove a few more doubters wrong this week. They’ll be the underdogs in the Division 2 semifinals when they face Union Grove on Wednesday night in Grand Chute.
“Yeah. We are definitely the underdog, being the first time in state,” says senior right fielder Carson Werwinski. “But I think none of us are satisfied still. It’s still one pitch at a time, no matter who it is, West De Pere, Union Grove, whoever it is. It’s still one pitch at a time, play as a team, and that’ll do the job itself.”