Grasshoppers are champions of Viroqua Tournament

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The Prairie du Chien Grasshoppers American Legion baseball team won the championship of the Viroqua Tournament held June 21 through June 24.

Pool Play

Game 1 - West Salem 5 - PdC 2

West Salem scored 2 runs in the fourth inning, 2 in the fifth and 1 in the sixth. PdC scored 1 in the second and 1 in the 6th.   

Cory Check started on the mound and pitched 5 innings taking the loss. He had 4 strikeouts and 6 walks. Jacob Joy came on in relief for the final two innings.   

Gavin Gillitzer was 3x4 and Hunter Davis was 2x3 to lead the Hoppers at the plate.

Game 2 - PdC 1 - Viroqua 0

PdC scored its lone run in the sixth inning. Gavin Gillitzer pitched a complete game gem. He had 8 strike outs, 1 walk, and two hits allowed.   

Jon Dyer was 2x2 and scored the winning run. Cory Check had the big hit to drive in Dyer.   

Game 3 - PDC 10 - Union Grove 1

PdC scored 2 in the first, 4 in the third, 3 in the fourth, and 1 in the fifth. Union Grove scored its lone run in the first.   

Ryan McGrath pitched a complete game with 6 strikeouts and 4 walks. He only gave up 1 hit in the game.   

Gavin Gillitzer was 2x3 with 2 doubles, Clayton Ducharme was 2x2, Cory Check was 2x3, and Hunter Davis was 2x3.

PdC and Viroqua were tied at the end of pool play with 2-1 records. PdC won the tie breaker which was head to head. 

PdC advanced to the championship game Sunday night.

Championship Game

PdC 8 - Onalaska 1

PdC scored 1 in the first, 1 in the second, 2 in the fifth, and 4 in the sixth. Onalaska scored 1 in the third.   

Jacob Joy pitched 4 1/3 strong innings earning the win. He had 1 strikeout and 3 walks. Jon Dyer came on in relief, finishing the game.  

The PdC defense highlighted the night with 3 inning-ending double plays to get out of some jams.  

Gavin Gillitzer was 2x4, Jon Dyer was 2x4 with a triple, Cory Check was 2x3 with a double and Tyler Smock was 3x3 on the night.

PdC is now 7-1 on the year.  Next up is a home game June 25 at 6 p.m. against LaCrescent.

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