The Stoughton baseball team’s season came to an end in its WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal Thursday, May 23, with a 3-0 loss to host McFarland.
McFarland’s J.T. Pimental and Jeremiah Price-Johnson combined to toss a two-hit shutout.
The two infield singles for the Vikings came from junior Derek Karlen and Ethan Yahn.
Stoughton was plagued by three errors.
“The errors always seem to hurt and has been an Achilles heel for us all year,” coach Jeremy Dunnihoo said. “Any time you give quality teams extra outs, they will make you pay for it.”
Dunnihoo said the Vikings were prepared for McFarland.
“I thought we followed the script early,” he said. “We just didn’t make enough adjustments at the plate to get runs on the board.”
He said the team had a hard time handling McFarland’s low pitches and hit them into the ground.
“Their starter worked down in the zone, even missing low, and we extended the zone low, and all we could do with those pitches was hit ground balls,” he said. “We always preach to our guys to look for their pitch strike 1, and guys let those good pitches go or chased pitches outside their zone.”
Stoughton senior Connor Kalinowski pitched five innings and didn’t allow an earned run on five on five hits. He struck out one and walked two.
“Connor did what he has done for us all year,” Dunnihoo said. “He pitched a great game and gave us a chance.
Junior Ryan Curry pitched one shutout inning in relief and struck out two.
McFarland’s Reece Samuel drove in two runs.
Stoughton finished the season 4-18.
“This was a tough season for all involved as we just never got things rolling,” Dunnihoo said.
The Vikings lost eight games by three runs or less.
“It was a season of almost,” Dunnihoo said. “We played well enough to be close but not well enough to pull out wins.”