A memorable first spring season ended much too early as far as Chad Feucht is concerned.
The New Holstein baseball coach was nearly at a loss for words after seeing his Huskies lose to Chilton, 7-1, in a WIAA Division 3 regional semifinal game at New Holstein last week.


Second inning key

The Huskies got off to a good start grabbing a 1-0 lead.
Kadyn Judkins and Cooper Olson singled to start things off in the bottom of the first. A one-out walk to Teddy Schnell loaded the bases. It appeared that Chilton starting pitcher Zach Boehnlein was out of the jam when he got Tyler Petrie to pop up, however a wild pitch allowed Judkins to cross the plate and give NH a one-run lead.
The lead vanished quickly.
Brady Glidden, Jake Criter and Will Kapral all singled to begin the second before Ryan Broeckel drew a walk to bring in Glidden and tie the game. Schnell, the Huskies’ starting pitcher retired the next two Tigers before Cole Woelfel delivered the hit of the game.
He cracked a three-run triple to give Chilton a lead they would not relinquish. Joey Boehnlein then followed with the first of his two doubles to make it 5-1. The Tigers added single runs in the fifth and sixth.
“We’re much better defensively then we have been and our guys have been receptive to it,” said Chilton coach Dan Criter.
“Our goal was to keep New Holstein away from the big inning and our defense came through to keep that from happening.”
Feucht was obviously in a somber mood.
“The first inning was the key. We had the makings of a big start and just got the one run. Chilton found the gaps and we hit the ball, but right at them.”
New Holstein, co-champs of the Eastern Wisconsin Conference, finished 12-6 overall and lose seniors Schnell, Brad Schroeder, Randy Smith, Adam Freund, Tyler Petrie, Collin Hau and Tyler McCoy.