CHIIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. - The Rock County River Monster's offense disappeared at an inopportune time.
The River Monsters managed just two hits in a 1-0 loss to Eau Claire Sunday afternoon at the Class AAA American Legion state tournament.
The defeat ended their season with a 24-12 record.
Rock County pitcher Tyler Aasen was terrific, going all seven innings and allowing just five hits and two walks. He struck out three while walking two.
Trailing 1-0 heading into the seventh, the River Monsters mounted one final rally. Corbin Ovist, who had a terrific weekend at the plate, led off the seventh with a single and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts, one of which was converted into an out on a diving play by the Eau Claire shortstop.
Aasen grounded out to third to end the game. The River Monsters were set down in order by Eau Claire pitcher Carter Hesselman in each of the first five innings before Micah Overley broke the drought by singling to lead off the sixth.
Eau Claire scored the game's only run in the fifth. when Joel Zachow drove home Joe Feck with a two-out single. Saturday, the River Monsters suffered a difficult 4-3 defeat at the hands of Oshkosh.
Rock County got the game off on a fine note when it plated three runs in the first inning. Ovist singled to lead off the inning, Drew Ries added a one-out base hit and Jared Emerson cleared the bases with a three-run homer.
After that, the River Monsters offense shut down, notching only three singles the rest of the way as Oshkosh slowly came back before Colton Clark singled home Elijah Berndt with the winning run in the seventh inning.
In Friday night's game, Ovist went 3-for-4 with a triple as Rock County defeated Marinette 8-5. Micah Overley went the distance and allowed just three earned runs while striking out nine to earn the win.
EAU CLAIRE 1, ROCK COUNTY 0
EAU CLAIRE (1)
AB-R-H-RBI: Gabe O'Brien, cf, 3-0-1-0, Connor Stoik, 3b, 2-0-0-0, Marcus Cline, ss, 3-0-1-0, Ethan Kjellberg, dh, 3-0-0-0, Cooper Kapanke, 1b, 2-0-0-0, Logan Rasmussen, lf, 3-0-0-0, Jack Fentress, rf, 3-0-0-0, Joe Feck, c, 3-1-1-0, Joel Zachow, 2b, 3-0-3-1. Totals 25-1-6-1.
ROCK COUNTY (0)
Sam Nemetz, cf, 3-0-0-0, Corbin Ovist, ss, 3-0-1-0, Drew Ries, 3b, 3-0-0-0, Jared Emerson, 1b, 3-0-0-0, Tyler Aasen, p, 3-0-0-0, Jake Raisbeck, lf, 2-0-0-0, Micah Overley, 2b, 2-0-1-0, Casey Stone, rf, 1-0-0-0, Dalton Madsen, c, 2-0-0-0. Totals 22-0-2-0.
Pizza Hut 000 010 0 - 1 6 0
Rock County 000 000 0 - 0 2 0
LOB - Pizza Hut 6, Rock County 2. DP -Rock County. 2B - Feck. SB - Cline. SAC - Stoik, Stone.
IP H R ER BB SO
Hesselman, W 7 2 0 0 0 9
Aasen, L 7 6 1 1 2 3
WP - Aasen. Balk - Aasen. U - Dick Smith, Denny Whiteside, Matt Korger. T - 1:28.