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Norski pitcher Nate Simonson fires a pitch home against Waunakee.

The DeForest baseball team is limping into the WIAA playoffs after dropping its final two regular season games last week.

On May 20, the visiting Norskies dropped a 5-2 Badger North decision to Beaver Dam.

In their regular-season and Badger North finale on May 21, the Norskies were roughed up by visiting Waunakee 12-6.

DeForest finished 12-11 during the regular season.

The Norskies tied Portage for fifth place in the Badger North with a 6-8 record.

Waunakee claimed the conference title with an 11-2 mark, followed in the top four by Reedsburg (9-4), Mount Horeb (8-5) and Beaver Dam (7-6).

The Norskies earned the seventh seed in the WIAA Division 1 postseason and hosted 10th-seeded Beaver Dam in the regional opener this past Tuesday. A recap will be in next week’s Times-Tribune.

The winner of the regional opener will play second-seeded Sun Prairie in the regional final at 4:30 p.m. tonight.

The sectional will be held in Middleton on June 4.

Beaver Dam 5

DeForest 2

Beaver Dam scored the final three runs of the game to slip past the Norskies.

The Golden Beavers struck first with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

DeForest got one of the runs back in the top of the fourth frame. Garrett Esse hit a sacrifice fly to score Trey Kirchberg.

The Norskies tied the game in the top of the fifth after a single by Kirchberg plated Justin Hausser.

Beaver Dam answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Norskies were held to five hits. Mason Kirchberg and Jake Purcell both had two base hits.

Trey Schroeder, Esse and Cole Yocum all pitched for DeForest and combined for five walks and a strikeout.

Beaver Dam had just four hits.

Brandon LeBeau and Max Klawitter both pitched for the Beavers. LeBeau, who pitched into the seventh inning, had three strikeouts and four walks.

Waunakee 12

DeForest 6

The Norskies were unable to dig out of a 9-0 early hole in the loss to Waunakee.

The Warriors jumped on DeForest for seven runs in the top of the first inning. They tacked on two more runs in the second.

The Norskies got right back in the game with a six-run rally in the bottom of the second.

Carson Patzner and Mason Kirchberg both belted three-run home runs in the bottom of the second.

Unfortunately, DeForest would not score again.

Waunakee came away with a run in the fifth and two insurance runs in the sixth.

Hausser and Mason Kirchberg both had two hits for the Norskies.

Cal Olson, Nate Simonson and Keagon Kaufmann pitched for DeForest and combined for four strikeouts and three walks.

Waunakee got two hits from Taiten Manriquez, Joe Hausser, Dane Luebke and Ryne Fueger.

Fueger, Hausser and Caden Hough pitched for the Warriors. Fueger got the win.

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