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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.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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