The Verona baseball team will get a rematch against Oregon in a WIAA Division 1 regional.
Verona (11-11 overall, 8-9 Big Eight) received a ninth seed and will play a quarterfinal game at eighth-seeded Oregon at 5 p.m. May 28.
The Panthers defeated the Wildcats 7-6 April 15, the start of Verona’s eight-game losing streak. The Wildcats have rebounded since, going 6-3, including a win over defending Division 1 state champion and previously No. 1-ranked Waunakee.
Coach Brad D’Orazio said he wasn’t surprised the Wildcats will open the playoffs on the road.
“The fourth and fifth seeds had a couple more wins than us, and Oregon beat us,” he said.
Verona is closing the Big Eight Conference season strong, defeating Beloit Memorial on Thursday, May 16, at Stampfl Field, then rolling by Madison East at Stampfl Field on Tuesday, May 21. Verona has its final Big Eight Conference game at Madison East on Thursday.
The doubleheader the Wildcats were scheduled to play against Arrowhead on Saturday at Stampfl Field was rained out.
Verona 6, Madison East 1
Senior Tyler McWillaims had two hits and drove in two runs to lead the Wildcats to a 6-1 win over Madison East on Tuesday at Stampfl Field..
The Wildcats scored two runs in the first inning and sealed the victory with a four-run fourth.
Senior Reagan Klawiter pitched five innings to earn the win. He gave up one run on two hits and struck out seven.
Verona 10, Beloit 5
Senior left fielder Books Brazeau delivered a two-run double on Thursday to cap a seven-run first inning that sparked the Wildcats to a 10-5 win over Beloit Memorial at Stampfl Field.
Sophomore shortstop Ryan Taylor went 2-for-4 to lead Verona’s 11-hit attack; it was his fifth multi-hit game in his past seven contests. McWilliams also had two RBIs.
“I think they were aggressive and wanted to come out swinging after getting only two hits against them on Tuesday,” D’Orazio said. “We swung the bat a lot better.”
Sophomore Jacob Kisting pitched five innings and gave up two earned runs to earn the win, striking out four and walking two.
“Any time you can score seven runs in the first inning a pitcher can go out there and attack the strike zone more,” D’Orazio said. “Jacob did a really good job of battling. He’s done that all year and given us a chance to win.”
Senior Sam Pederson pitched two shutout innings in relief and struck out three.
The Wildcats’ doubleheader against Arrowhead was postponed on Saturday.
Verona will play Arrowhead on Friday.