Following a 4-1 non-conference loss to Sauk Prairie on May 20, the Lodi baseball team entered the WIAA Division 2 playoffs having lost their final five regular season games.
The losing streak did not faze the Blue Devils, as they put together their best game of the season in the regional opener against Portage on May 23.
The sixth-seeded Blue Devils upset the third-seeded Warriors 5-2.
“Timely hitting, solid pitching by Dustin Nordstrom and our young sophomore group proved beneficial against Portage,” Lodi coach Rodney Curtis said. “We did not shy away from the spotlight.”
Lodi improved to 9-13 overall with the win.
The Blue Devils pulled off the upset thanks to some timely hits and great pitching from Carson Possehl and Dustin Nordstrom.
The game was scoreless through the first three innings, but Lodi finally broke through in the top of the fourth inning with three runs.
Logan Richards and Connor Faust both had run-scoring singles, while the third run scored on an error.
Portage got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth.
Lodi closed out its scoring with two runs in the top of the fifth inning.
Slater Fitzgerald scored on a throwing error for the first run in the fifth, while Logan Lauterbach came home on a ground ball by Gavin Burke.
The Warriors plated a run in the bottom of the sixth, but would get no closer.
Possehl pitched the first four innings and earned the win. He had five strikeouts and four walks.
Nordstrom earned the save after three strong innings of relief. He fanned six batter and walked two.
Lauterbach and Richards both had two hits to lead the way for Lodi.
The Blue Devils traveled to second-seeded Adams-Friendship for a regional semifinal this past Tuesday.