The St. Croix Valley Baseball League champion River Falls Fighting Fish closed out the 2016 season at First National Bank of River Falls Field with a lightning-shortened 7-1 victory over the Prescott Pirates Wednesday night, Aug. 10.
The game was called at the end of the fifth inning due to lightning in the area. Rain started falling about 30 minutes later with anywhere from 2-5 inches being reported around Pierce and St. Croix Counties.
Rookie Lucas Luedtke, who graduated from River Falls High School in June, picked up his first amateur victory, allowing one run on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Fighting Fish will now turn their attention to the Wisconsin Baseball Association State Tournament, where they will be making their ninth straight appearance. They will travel to Hallie this weekend where they will open the postseason Saturday, Aug. 13, at noon against the Chippewa Falls Lumberjacks. The winner will face either the Eau Claire Cavaliers or the La Crescent Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 14 at noon for a berth in the 8-team WBA finals Aug. 19-21 in Merrill.
The Fighting Fish won the St. Croix Valley Baseball League championship this season with a record of 16-1. They finished 32-10 overall, setting a new franchise record for most wins in a season. Their last, and only, WBA championship came in 2011. The team stated play in River Falls in 2008.
See the Aug. 18 print edition of the River Falls Journal for more.