Although this was SPASH baseball's second straight trip to the state tournament, their run to the title game was pretty remarkable considering the Panthers began the season trying to fill the shoes of 12 players that graduated a year ago.
Eventually, a season that started with countless weather delays ended with SPASH's first appearance in a championship game since 1989.
"All year we had ten games go into extra innings, so many walkoffs we just never gave up," SPASH senior shortstop Eric Zelhofer said. "We believed in ourselves. Believed in our talent and it worked out."
The Panthers fell just short of the title despite a 7th inning comeback before Sun Prairie eventually won the championship in the 8th.
While it wasn't the ending SPASH wanted, the panthers made it farther than almost everyone else. SPASH rode a 17-game winning streak heading into the championship, which included clinching a Wisconsin Valley Conference title.
"This year was huge. Last year having 12 seniors was huge. Them leading us into this year and us leading these guys into next year," SPASH senior third baseman Sterling King said.
"I'm confident in them that they will be back. You know we played our hearts out with everything."
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