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Bay Port, Neenah Swing Into WIAA State Tournament Tuesday

<br>The Pirates and the Rockets among many local teams headed to state.

 

Bay Port and Neenah are both making trips to the WIAA state tournament this week, competing for the division 1 crown.


Last year, the Pirates came up short, so there's some unfinished business to take care of.

 

"We lost 13-1 in the state championship game to Sun Prairie. Seeing them in the state championship game again this year, that would be great for us cause hopefully we can get some revenge and take them down. Otherwise we'll just play who we have to play, beat who we have to beat," Senior Jake Heinzen weighed in.

 

This group is confident and for good reason, they head to the state tournament on a 22-game winning streak. It's been a special season, but anything less than a state title wouldn't be good enough.

 

"It's a bust, it's a bust for us," Senior Hunter Kallin explains.  "We have one goal on the year that's to be the best team in the state of Wisconsin. We completed two goals this year already, won conference outright and just had a successful season. We made it to state that was our second goal. Now our third one is to bring the trophy home."

 

Bay Port heads to Fox Cities Stadium for the fourth time in five years. Neenah, on the other hand, took a much different route to Appleton. The Rockets were an underdog to get to state after finishing up the regular season with a record of 8-16.

 

"Little unexpected we're the 11 seed. We earned that. We did not have a real good regular season but we knocked off a 6-seed, a 3-seed and a 1-seed to get here so we're playing very good baseball right now and it's all about timing and some confidence that we've gained," said Neenah Head Coach Jim Piepenbrink.

 

"We're going in with the mentality that we're better than everybody there. We have something to prove. Everyone looks down on us since we're an 11-seed and we think we can play with anybody," Senior Spencer Miller told us.

 

Tuesday marks the Rockets second trip to state in the past three seasons, and a short trip it is, about 10 minutes up highway 41.  So on top of the "home field advantage",  Neenah also knows the field at Fox Cities stadium --- they played Menasha there earlier in the season....

 

"A lot of kids aren't used to that caliber of field they're used to trying to fight balls with the hops and with this it's just stay down with it it's just a very nice field," said Miller.

 

So starting Tuesday, the 12-16 Rockets will try to keep their Cinderella run going, and the 22-2 Pirates will try to get back to the top of the mountain. Tune in to Local 5 for highlights and post-game reaction.

 

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