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7 UP wins Land O' Lakes Western Division Grand Championship
7 UP came from behind once again to win the Land O' Lakes Western Division Championship on Sunday in West Bend. 7 Up knocked off the rival Brookfield Bulldogs 4-1 to complete the sweep and revenge last years loss to Brookfield in the championship. Nick Winter got the ball and was excellent like usual. He kept the hard hitting Bulldogs to 1 run in 6 strong innings and scattered 5 hits. The defense was strong all day also including an old school slick flip from Billy Bynum in the 1st to get an out. In the 3rd, the offense got going. A huge 2 run double to left center by Matt Schubert gave 7 UP the lead for good in the bottom of the 3rd. It was another huge hit for Schubert who provided numerous clutch hits throughout the playoffs. Schubert was named the playoff MVP after the game. In the 4th, 7 UP tacked on 2 more runs. A Mike Szeszol double and Adam Sarauer singled plated 2 more. Winter gave way to Matt Parrent in the 7th and he shut it down from there. He used a huge 1 out strikeout on a 3-2 count in the 9th to help secure it. With 2 outs in the 9th, Dan Ranieri made a superman type diving catch to end the game on a line drive to his right. It was an incredible catch by Ranieri, whos defense was remarkable all year at 3rd and helped sure up the 7 UP defense. A celebration on the mound followed, as Matt Parrent and company hugged it out. You could tell the title was extra sweet for Parrent, who came into 2018 with a different focus. The slimmed down mythical beast was incredible all year. It was Parrent's first title with the team after joining in 2011. He no longer has that glaring lack of a title on his already stacked resume. His interview with 7 UP insider Gidal Kaiser after the game will be printed Tuesday in the West Bend Daily News. Make sure to check it out. Overall 7 UP was lead offensively by Manager Adam Rohlinger. Rohls was the only 7 UP player to record multiple hits in the game. He finished the season at a .438 clip and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Every other 7 UP player recorded as least one hit on the day too. The offseason additions of Ranieri, Szezol, Winter, and Sarauer allowed 7 Up to roll out one of the strongest lineups they have had in a long time. Winter hit .514 for the season and was a nightmare for teams out of the leadoff spot. Overall 7 UP had 9 players with 25 hits or more this season which was a franchise record. 7 UP also had 10 players drive in 10 or more runs, another franchise record.
On Saturday 7 UP won by a score of 12-2 in Brookfield. Tyler Adams got the ball and once again delivered against the Bulldogs like he has done in the playoffs before. Adams went 7 strong innings and kept 7 UP in the game. The offense rallied to score 12 runs over the last 3 innings. A huge 2 run bomb by Dan Ranieri got the offense going. Huge doubles by Schubert, Parrent, and a triple by Jack Thelen in the 8th opened the floodgates. Matt Parrent pitched the final two innings to wrap it up.
7 UP finishes the season at 21-6. The team won the regular season title and tournament championship. The team was lead by Manager Rohlinger and was the first grand championship for 7 UP since 2010. It was Adam's 3rd championship overall, in his incredible successful tenure with 7 UP. Billy Bynum, TJ Seedwald, and Taylor Koth got thier 2nd title. It was the first for everyone else on the team. Thanks so much for the fan support all season. 7 UP will return to action next season on the newly renovated Regner Field.
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2018 SEASON AWARDS
Adam Rohlinger- Manager of the Year
Nick Winter- Rookie of the Year and League Batting Champion
Matt Parrent- Land O' Lakes Western Division MVP
Matt Schubert- Land O' Lakes Western Division Playoff MVP
Billy Bynum- Offensive Player of the Year
(2018 LAND O' LAKES GRAND CHAMPS)
Back Row (L to R) Jack Thelen, Austin Sarauer, Taylor Koth, Johnny Baumann, T.J. Seewald, Matt Parrent, Tyler Adams, Adam Rohlinger
Front Row (L to R) Billy Bynum, Adam Sarauer, Nick Winter, Matt Schubert, Michael Szeszol, Dan Ranieri
Missing: Evan Albrecht, Joey Behm, Brett Cramer, Casey Krohn, Daniel Mueller, Matt Rohlinger, Dylan Rondorf