Baseball: River Rats headed to Rib Lake
The Hudson River Rats will be a No. 4 seed and open the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs against the top-seeded Marshfield Chaparrals of the Dairyland League at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, in Rib Lake.
Hudson squeaked into the playoffs with a St. Croix Valley Baseball League record of 8-8 winning its final two league games of the season while Marshfield won the Dairyland League title with a record of 11-1. The winner of Saturday's game will move on to face either the Lake Superior Sea Dogs of the Upper 13 League or the Whittlesey Reds of the Dairyland League at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, for a berth in the 8-team WBA Finals Aug. 17-19 in Osseo.
Hudson is one of six SCVBL teams to qualify for the WBA playoffs. The SCVBL champion Prescott Pirates (13-3) earned a No. 1 seed and will open the postseason in Haugen against the fourth-seeded Eau Claire Rivermen of the Chippewa River Valley Baseball League at noon Saturday, Aug. 11. In the other bracket at Haugen, the third-seeded Spring Valley Hawks (10-6) will play the No. 2 Eau Claire Bears of the CRVBL at 6 p.m.
In the Strum Regional, the Elmwood Expos (12-4) earned a No. 2 seed and will face the No. 3 Viroqua Red Sox of the Mississippi Valley League at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, while in the other bracket the third-seeded River Falls Fighting Fish (10-6) will play the No. 2 La Crescent Cardinals of the MVL at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.
The Menomonie Eagles (9-7) earned a No. 3 seed at Stanley and will face the second-seeded Tilden Tigers of the CRVBL at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
The WBA has been hosting a postseason tournament every year since 1949 when the New Richmond Millers won the first state title. The Hudson River Rats won their only WBA championship in 2002.