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WIAA State Baseball Preview

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Osseo-Fairchild is making its second-ever trip to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament Osseo-Fairchild is making its second-ever trip to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament
Ellsworth was the WIAA Division 2 runner-up in 2012 Ellsworth was the WIAA Division 2 runner-up in 2012
Greenwood will head to state for the 4th time in school history Greenwood will head to state for the 4th time in school history

(WQOW) -- Three teams from western Wisconsin will compete at the 66th-annual WIAA State Baseball Tournament.

Osseo-Fairchild has advanced to state for the second time in school history, and for the first time since 2006.  The Thunder dropped their first four games this season, but have won sixteen of their nineteen.

"It's kind of been the story of our season," says O-F senior pitcher/infielder Sam Waters, "we've been down a lot this year, and we always, for the most part, we come back in everything, that we've been down in, so we knew that we could do it, that's what we expect to do, we expect to put up a fight."

Osseo-Fairchild's Division 3 state semi with Oconto begins at around 1:00 P.M., Wednesday.

Ellsworth made its first-ever appearance at state baseball last season, when the Panthers took second place in Division 2.  Ellsworth is headed back to Fox Cities Stadium with an offense that's scored 114 runs in 19 games, and a team batting average of .302.

"It's tremendous," says Panthers head coach Steve Block, "it's what I expected, but that doesn't always happen in high school baseball, but every one of our boys are a threat, and it gives us a chance, it gives us a chance down in Appleton."

The Panthers play Green Bay Notre Dame, Wednesday, at around 6:00 P.M. 

Greenwood is also back at state for a second straight season, and for a fourth time overall.   The Indians lost in the 2012 Division 4 semifinals last year, but they hope to be sticking around a little longer this time around.

"I mean, the goal is to get there," says Greenwood head coach Kent Hinker, "and what happens down there, anything else is extra, and you know, of course, you're always hoping to win it all, but just to get there is super, and kids are excited, and I'm excited and everybody's excited, and hopefully, we can get 'er done this year."

Greenwood gets it going at 8:00 A.M., Wednesday, vs. Wausaukee.

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