Morning State Sports Briefs: Bullfrogs eliminated from Northwoods League playoffsWisconsin Sports
-- The Green Bay Bullfrogs are the first to be eliminated in the Northwoods League playoffs, after losing at Battle Creek 9-8 last night.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - The Green Bay Bullfrogs are the first to be eliminated in the Northwoods League playoffs, after losing at Battle Creek 9-8 last night.
Green Bay blew a three-run lead, as the Bombers scored four times in the seventh inning. Tyler Hall had two triples and three RBI’s for Battle Creek, which out-hit Green Bay 14-to-13. The Bombers swept the two-game South Division Finals, and will now play either Alexandria or Mankato in the title series which begins tomorrow night. Alexandria stayed alive in the North Division Finals with a 4-3 win over Mankato in 10 innings. They’ll play the deciding game of that series this evening.
Green Bay Packers’ defensive end Mike Neal says his left knee only has a little inflammation, after it buckled during practice yesterday. Neal – the potential replacement for Cullen Jenkins – put a scare into Packer Nation when he fell while hitting a pad during an individual drill, and landed on the ground in pain. Neal said he underwent some tests yesterday, and they showed nothing serious. An MRI is scheduled today. Neal is not sure when he’ll be allowed to return to practice – but he insists he’s walking perfectly fine and quote, “everybody’s tripping out for no reason.” Neal is coming off an injury-plagued rookie year, but he looked solid at practice until now. Also, linebacker Spencer Havner left practice yesterday with an injured hamstring. And safety Anthony Levine left with an undisclosed injury after a collision with corner Pat Lee.
University of Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor sat out of yesterday’s practice – but it’s not clear whether he suffered a new injury after having knee problems the last two years. Taylor, a junior, tore an ACL ligament in his right knee in 2009, and he had a minor injury to his left knee last fall. Taylor had practiced during the Badgers’ entire pre-season camp until he sat out the second of two workouts on Monday. Coach Bret Bielema had called that a standard procedure for players who had torn their ACL’s. But neither Bielema nor Taylor were available to explain why he sat out yesterday. Sophomore Conor O’Neill took Taylor’s spot yesterday. Meanwhile, middle linebacker Chris Borland said his right shoulder was still a little sore. He had an MRI on it last Friday, said it was a little tender but everything appears to be healthy. Borland is coming off a pair of shoulder operations during the off-season.
Charlie Delsman of Colgate and Danny Zimmerman of Verona are tied for the lead at the halfway point of the State Open golf tournament. Delsman shot a four-under-par 68 yesterday at Blackwolf Run in Kohler. Zimmerman shot a 69. And he and Delsman are both at five-under-139 after two rounds. Tom Halla of Pewaukee and Taylor Johnson of Oconomowoc are tied for third, both two strokes off the lead. The final two rounds will be played today.