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-7 UP REPEATS AS GRAND CHAMPIONS-
7 UP completed one of the most dominant playoff runs in recent Land O Lakes history by sweeping the incredibly talented Waterford Riverman over the weekend to repeat as Grand Champions. 7 UP finished the season by winning 13 straight Land O Lakes games including 4 straight playoff games. 7 UP outscored thier opponents 57-16 in that 4 game stretch and struck out 3 times total in those 4 games. 7 UP also scored double digit runs in 7 out of the last 8 games to finish the season. Offensively this team cemented itself as one of the best, if not the best offensive team in a storied team history.
Game 1 Recap
Saturday started with a strong day of BP from Terry Koth. Balls were flying out of Regner left and right pregame. Even "Seebass" managed to launch a BP homerun to the softball field in right. Thanks to McKenna Bynum for snagging the ball and presenting it to the "Bass" after the game. That will go on the mantle and be talked about for years to come. It created incredible confidence heading into the game. But Waterford rolled into West Bend Saturday and immediately made it known they could hit the baseball and would put up a strong fight. They scratched across 2 runs in the first and had the defense on their heels. Matt Schubert got the Game 1 start and held the Riverman down enough though. The bats awoke in the 5th and 6th as 7 UP plated 8 runs in those two frames. The 6th run 6th inning was highlighted by a Sam Mattheis 3 run bomb to left center. Mike Szezsol replaced Schubert in the 8th on the mound throwing hard and finished the game strong. The team also played incredibly stout on defense all day. 7 UP banged out 19 hits on the day including 2 bombs. Billy Bynum also broke his homerless streak and sent a moon ball to right center which felt like old times. Overall 7 UP was led offensively by Sam Mattheis. The former WLC standout collected 4 hits on the day including 3 doubles and the home run to left center. He also drove in 5. The "skip" Adam Rohlinger remained scorching hot and added 3 hits as did Schubert. Dan Ranieri and Taylor Koth added 2 hits including a double a piece. Every 7 UP hitter had at least one hit on the day as the ball was carrying in the last game at the old Carl Kuss.
Game 2 Recap
7 UP felt confident heading to Game 2 as ace Matt Parrent returned and got the ball with a chance to close out the season. It didn't start well though as Parrent gave up 5 first inning runs including a grand slam that was launched into orbit. But playing it like business as usual, 7 UP and Parrent never panicked. After the 1st, Parrent completely quieted the hot Waterford bats which allowed the offense do their thing in the late innings. Besides a Taylor Koth home run to left center in the 3rd, the bats stayed relatively quiet until the 7th. 7 UP then got 4 runs in that frame to take the lead and then followed with 5 more in the 8th. Sam Mattheis, Matt Schubert, Nick Winter, Adam Rohlinger, and Dan Ranieri all had huge hits in the frames to blow it open. That was all Parrent would need and everyone sensed what was coming. Bynum rolled the cooler into the dugout. A pop to second basemen Joey Behm completed the incredible postseason run and the celebration was on. Offensively 7 UP pounded out 17 more hits on the day. Schubert led the way with 4 hits including a double. Schubert hit .550 in the postseason in 2019. "Skip" Rohlinger and Winter added 3 hits on the day. The 1-2 combo at the top of the lineup was almost impossible to deal with. Both also hit over .500 in the postseason. Matthies also added 2 hits on the day. He was named LOL Postseason MVP over the PA with one out in the 9th for his performance over the 4 game stretch. The 7 UP right fielder hit .524 in the postseason including 2 huge home runs. Jeff Spirit's (on Main) provided some wonderful champaign to help the boys celebrate in the field and dugout after. The championship series set up/ran by the West "Commish" CL was first class like usual.
Back Row (Left to Right)- Adam Sarauer, Billy Bynum, Taylor Koth, Adam Rohlinger, TJ Seewald, Mike Szeszol, Matt Parrent, Tyler Gross
Front Row- Dan Ranieri, Matt Schubert, Brett "BC" Cramer, Nick Winter, Joey Behm, Sam "MVP" Mattheis
Not Pictured- (Tyler Adams, Colin Destiche, Scotty Henrich, Josh Parrent, Colin Dehne, Dan Mueller, Austin Sarauer, Jon Baumann, BP Pitcher Terry Koth)