Eau Claire (WQOW) – Eau Claire North baseball was welcomed back to town Friday after the team’s first state title since 2011 and just the second in program history.
North had its hands full against Sun Prairie. The team was down 4-2 in the 6th inning when Sam Stange hit a three-run home run, putting the team up for good.
After a night of jubilation in Appleton, the Huskies returned to a celebration in Eau Claire. The team was escorted by police and firefighters with the gold ball. Nearly 100 fans were there to welcome the Division 1 state champs back home.
“Doesn’t matter how old you are fire trucks and police cars are pretty cool especially in that setting, and have that type of siren impact on busy roads like Clairemont and Hastings Way. So, that was pretty cool to see a lot of horns being honked along the way. I think people kind of figured it out, at least some people did. Very special.”
It was the team’s fourth straight trip to the state tournament.
North is losing seven seniors from this year’s squad.
Congratulations to the Huskies!