The Bradford baseball team is the Southeast Conference champion.
Batting as the home team against Racine Case at Horlick Field on Thursday, the Red Devils snapped a scoreless tie with six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning en route to a 12-2, six-inning victory.
Ranked No. 8 in the final PBR-WBCA Division-1 state poll, Bradford (19-6 overall) finished on top of the SEC at 18-3.
“I’m very proud of the entire team for (its) effort the entire conference season,” Bradford coach Matt LaBuda said. “This was a very grinding season, playing 21 games against very tough competition. We met one of our season goals in winning the conference. Now we focus on the next step for a playoff run.”
Eight different Red Devils had hits on Thursday, with Tanner Hurley doubling, driving in a run and scoring two from the leadoff spot. Kyle McKinnon went 2-for-2 with a double, a run and an RBI, Drew Knecht doubled, scored and drove in a run, Aaron Basken had a triple and an RBI and Jared Bonofiglio scored twice.
Jarrett Ramer got the win, allowing two runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in 5-plus innings.
Bradford received a No. 2 seed in the WIAA Division-1 playoff draw and will have a first-round bye. The Red Devils will host either No. 7 seed Waterford or No. 10 seed Racine Case in a regional final Thursday.
St. Joseph 14, Christian Life 1
The Lancers erupted for 11 runs in the first two innings, including seven in the first, and coasted to a WIAA Division-3 regional quarterfinal victory over the Eagles at Carthage.
Seventh-seeded Christian Life closed its season at 2-19. Second-seeded St. Joseph (17-5) will host No. 3 seed Brookfield Academy (11-11) in a regional semifinal game Tuesday. Brookfield Academy advanced with an 11-1 home win over sixth-seeded Williams Bay on Thursday.
Andrew Setter threw a complete game for the Lancers, allowing only one hit and striking out six.
“This was a total team effort today, since everyone played and contributed in some way,” St. Joseph coach Joe Gricar said. “It was great to build up some confidence heading into the next round of regionals.”
Shoreland Lutheran 6 (8 inn.)
Host Palmyra-Eagle, the No. 4 seed, rallied a run in the bottom of the fifth and two in the bottom of the sixth, then walked it off in the bottom of the eighth to eliminate the fifth-seeded Pacers in a Division-3 regional quarterfinal.
Konnor Hill went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Shoreland, Joe Marquardt was 2-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI and Sawyer Smith drove in two.
Tremper 4, Fond du Lac 0
The Trojans marked Senior Night with a shutout win over the Cardinals (10-9) in a non-conference game in Kenosha.
Tremper (7-7-4) broke a scoreless tie at the 21:11 mark and added two more goals over the next seven minutes for a 3-0 halftime lead.
“We came out very strong and played that way the whole 90 minutes against a very good team,” Tremper coach Todd Hardy said. “The whole team was hustling to the ball, winning it and getting it off their foot and to a teammate. We kept a lot of pressure on their defense and were able to get great opportunities out of it.
“It was our Senior Night and not only did each senior play well, but the younger players really showed their respect for them by matching their intensity.”
Ayana Rocha and Brooklyn Stevenson sparked the Trojans with a goal and an assist apiece. Shots by Lauren McKeon and Brooke Clements also found the back of the net. Allison Schaver added an assist.
Mike Johnson and Scott Koker