Bears lose in semifinal game at state tourney

Bonduel’s first-ever trip to the state baseball tournament ended in defeat in the Division 3 semifinal game at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute. The No. 3 seeded Bears lost 2-1 to No. 2 seed Kenosha St. Joseph Catholic on June 11.

Kenosha St. Joseph took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an error, a double, a wild pitch and a ground out.

Bonduel scored its only run in the third inning on back-to-back doubles by Easton Reinke and Noah Weier.

Bonduel had its chances but couldn’t get that key hit to score.

The Bears loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the first but couldn’t score.

They left two more runners on in the second inning, scored its one run in the third after starting with back-to-back doubles and stranded a runner on third with two outs in the fourth.

Cade Johnson took the loss for Bonduel, pitching six innings while allowing seven hits, two runs and four walks while striking out three.

In the other semifinal game, No. 1 seed Aquinas defeated No. 4 Cumberland 10-0.

Bonduel ends the season with a 23-4 overall record.

In Central Wisconsin Conference-East Division games, Reinke led the team with a .451 batting average, and Kody Schroeder was second with a .385 average.

Reinke also led with 27 RBIs, and Beckett Hartlaben had 19.

Johnson earned seven wins, and Brodie Hartmann had five.