The River Falls Post 121 baseball team came up one game short of repeating as state champions after an 8-1 loss to New London on the final day of the Wisconsin American Legion Class AA State Tournament Tuesday, July 30, in Mauston.
River Falls and New London squared off in an elimination game Tuesday with the winner earning the right to face Holmen for the state title. River Falls scored a run in the top of the third to tie the score 1-1, but New London scored two runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to earn the 8-1 win.
Post 121’s only run of the game came on three consecutive singles by Michael Krueger, Adam Feyereisen and Joe Stoffel with one out in the third.
River Falls had runners on second and third with the score tied and two outs in the top of the fourth after a single by Cole Evavold and a double by James Westhoff but failed to convert.
Krueger and Feyereisen then led off the top of the fifth with back-to-back singles with the score still tied and moved to second and third on a two-out wild pitch but were left stranded before New London took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.
Tyler Penny took the loss on the mound, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and one walk in five innings of work. A pair of errors led to five New London runs off Feyereisen in the sixth, although just one was earned. He ended up giving up four hits with one walk and one strikeout in his only inning on the mound.
Post 121, who opened the state tournament with an 8-0 victory over New London Friday, July 26, finished the season with a record of 21-5 while New London, last year’s state runner-up to River Falls, went on to defeat Holmen 6-5 in Tuesday night’s title game to win its first state championship since 1956.