EAU CLAIRE — The Chippewa Falls Post 77 17u American Legion baseball team put a wrap on a regional championship on Monday with a 7-0 victory over Eau Claire.
Post 77 went unbeaten in regional play with four wins, two over G-E-T and two over Eau Claire to advance to the state tournament in Onalaska on July 23-27.
Easton Bobb tossed a three-hit shutout in Monday’s victory over Eau Claire. Bobb struck out 10 batters and walked one and the offense scored in five of seven innings to methodically pull away.
Avery Kaanta and Dawson Goodman each had three hits and two runs apiece while Kansas Smith finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
Post 77 opened the tournament on Friday with a 13-8 win over G-E-T. Tyler Carroll was 4-for-4 with two runs batted in while Liam Brennan added three hits and the trio of Smith, Parker Coach and Mayson Tester had two hits apiece. Brendan Bresina allowed three unearned runs in 6.2 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.
The team’s first win of the tournament over Eau Claire came on Saturday in an 11-1 triumph in five innings. Bobb, Carroll and Smith had two hits each and Smith drove in three as Post 77 scored four runs in the first and fourth innings to go with a three-run third inning. That would prove to be more than enough run support for starting pitcher Eddie Mittermeyer who struck out five in five innings on the mound for the win.
Post 77 advanced to Monday’s title game with a 7-4 win over G-E-T on Sunday. Carroll was 2-for-4 with a double while Ben Westaby also doubled and drove in one. A six-run fifth and an additional run in the sixth helped Post 77 overcome an early deficit. Dawson Goodman allowed two runs in 2.1 innings pitched for the win in relief before Bobb struck out the side in the seventh to shut down the win.
Chippewa Falls will open play on Friday at 1 p.m. against the Region 5 champion.