Just one week left in the M-V-C baseball schedule. Central with a win can take a two-game lead in the standings with two games to play. TAKE VO City rival Logan coming over to Copeland… TAKE VO MVC BASEBALL throw out all records when these two play one another. Bottom 3….still scoreless….two on for Preston Stach. Bouncer to the pitcher….throw off line to first. Allows one to score…Central strikes first. Later in the inning…Trevon Van Egtern up with one out. Soft grounder to first….close play at the bag… Throw is not handled. Stach comes around to score….Central leads 3-0.. And that’s enough run support for Kyle Gilbertson. The senior righty strikes out the side in the 4th inning. He goes 7 innings, allows no runs. Central wins 6-0 and are conference champs. I completely expected this all throughout the year. We started early, we’ve worked hard for everything that we’ve earned and I’m just really excited to see what happens these next couple games. Second place Aquinas in nonconference play. making the short trip to La Crescent. sixth inning lancers looking to extend thier lead with runners on the corners…but a little razel dazzel from the blue golds as the shortstop makes the double play. tough day for aquinas at the plate today with a strike out here…only one run crosses for the bluegolds tonight LA CRESCENT 6-1 is lacresent over aquinas. Nonconference softball. Coulee first place Luther hosting M-V-C second place Holmen. Vikings not wasting any time getting on the board… Second batter of the game…Kendra Leis going yard. 2-run homer. Later in the inning….one on for McKenzie Winker.. She also shows the power to center field…that’s gone. Another 2-run blast makes it 4-0 Vikings. Still in the 1st inning…with the bases loaded. Cassandra Schmidt brings everyone home. Grand Slam. Holmen hits eight home runs and the Vikings go on to win a slugfest 22-11. MVC Golf Championship today at Drugans. Holmen with the top team score led by Cody Dirks who fires a 73. Sparta wins the team championship. and Sparta freshman Austin Erickson is the season individual champion. For the fourth straight season the UW-La Crosse baseball team is back in the NCAA tournament. This young squad started finding it’s stride right around mid-April. which was the exact same time they welcomed back a key senior contributor to their lineup. TAKE PAC OUTQ:..see where we can take it Pop, pain, and I was down for the count. It started as a typical mid-February practice for UW-La Crosse senior outfielder Carter Hoffman. pop So my mind immediatley went to the worst possible outcome. He avoided the worst, but Carter still experienced a partially torn U-C-L meaning he couldn’t throw a baseball or swing a bat. A week or so after kind of once things settled down I was just standing outside the cages here when the pitchers were thowing live, just sitting in watching pitch after pitch after pitch in the bullpen just to be able to see that arm slot and see the ball coming into the catchers mit. Carter just wanted to make it back for one final game as a senior. But after rehab not only did he return to play 24 games. he leads the team in average and slugging percentage. He was hitting right away. And not seeing a live at bat for I dont know how many months you know stepping into the box and he’s just as confident as last spring. Right away getting some hits really juiced us up a little bit and got us going. I have surprised myself like 10 fold that I would have thought would ever happen so I am pretty darn lucky to have that happen and have the success that I have had. The journey took an unexpected turn, but Carter and his teammates are back in the NCAA tournament. Now he’s healthy, he can’t throw but he can swing. He’s just a sparkplug for our offense. We’re super excited and ready to get back at it and win some ball games and see where we can take it. Hoffman serving as the teams designated hitter. Eagles open up NCAA tournament play at UW-Whitewater this Thursday facing Saint Scholastica. The eight-team regional is double-elimination format.