Any high school baseball team still practicing this late into June likely means they have qualified for the State Baseball Tournament. In Division 4, Belmont and Mineral Point have done just that.
The Belmont Braves are making their first trip to State in program history. The Braves won the Riverdale Sectional last week to punch their ticket to Appleton.
The Braves have just two seniors on the roster and so far as a team this postseason, the Braves are outscoring their opponents 43 to 11.
“I mean everybody puts the ball in play. That’s the main thing, everybody is a threat,” said Braves senior shortstop Colin Austin. “Other teams don’t expect the bottom of our order to hit the ball and then there they are hitting us home.”
Fellow senior pitcher Ethan James said, “I knew we had a ton of talent, it was just getting it rolling at the right time. We started off a little rocky but picked it up at the end of the season. Just a bunch of buddies playing ball and having fun.”
Mineral Point is returning to State for the second straight year. It’s the Pointers second trip to State in team history.
The Pointers have been on a roll this season, they head to State undefeated at 26-0.
Pointers sophomore infielder Liam Stumpf said, “I think this year we had to come focused because we had a target on our back going to state last year. Coming back this year and winning so many games, I think the last couple of weeks we’ve had pressure with that target on our backs.”
Mineral Point is schedule to play Belmont on Wednesday at approximately 10 a.m. at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
“We have the pressure on us because we are like the two seed coming in. We have the target on our backs,” said Mineral Point junior outfielder Grady Gorgen.
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