Port, Saukville advance in Lakes tournament after scoring first-round upsets
Upset-minded efforts paid postseason dividends for Port Washington and Saukville in Land Oâ€™ Lakes baseball Sunday.MICKEY PRUEFER started on the mound and contributed three hits at the plate but couldnâ€™t prevent the Grafton Express from losing to Port Washington, 5-3, on Sunday. Photo by Sam Arendt
Both teams scored road wins over higher-seeded opponents in the opening round of the Northern Division playoffs, with Port defeating Grafton, 5-3, and Saukville knocking off West Bend, 6-1.
In the other first-round playoff contest, Plymouth edged Thiensville-Mequon, 5-4.
All three games were rescheduled after being postponed by rain Saturday.
Sixth-seeded Saukville took advantage of shoddy fielding by West Bend (No. 3), which committed seven errors. The miscues made all of the Saintsâ€™ runs unearned.
Trailing, 1-0, Saukville pulled away for good by scoring four times in the third inning. Tony Wheaton drove in two runs with a single.
The Saints added single runs in the fifth and seventh.
Casey Johnson pitched a complete game for the win, allowing only three hits.
West Bend starter E.J. Sexton also went the distance, striking out 10.
Seventh-seeded Port scored an even bigger upset by ending the season for Grafton (No. 2).
Justin Behmâ€™s two-run homer in the top of the ninth snapped a 3-3 tie and advanced the Lakers to the semifinal round.
Grafton trailed, 3-2, before tying the game on Mickey Prueferâ€™s RBI single in the eighth.
Behm and Pruefer each finished with three hits.
This weekâ€™s semifinal games will start with Saukville traveling to Plymouth (No. 5) for a 7:30 p.m. game Thursday.
On Saturday, Aug. 20, Port will play a 1 p.m. road game against top-seeded Cedarburg, which received a first-round bye.
The semifinal winners will meet in the division final at noon Sunday, Aug. 21, on the home field of the higher-seeded team.
As the regular-season champion, Cedarburg must lose twice to be eliminated. If Cedarburg loses Saturday, it will host the winner of the division final at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The tournament winner will represent the division in the leagueâ€™s grand championship playoffs.