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Spring Valley's baseball sectional postponed until tomorrow

Tuesday's rain has postponed the WIAA Division 4 Bruce Sectional until Wednesday.

The times for the sectional are still the same. Luck will face Mellen in the first semifinal at 11 a.m. and then the Cardinals will take on Chippewa Falls McDonell in the other semifinal at 1:15 p.m. The championship game is set for 4 p.m.

SV head co-coach Matt Ducklow knows the formidable challenge the Cardinals face taking on the No. 3 ranked team in the state. The Mighty Macks are 22-3 overall (one of their losses being to Ellsworth) West Cloverbelt Conference champions, regional champions and defending sectional champions. McDonell was state Division 4 runner-up, losing to Marion in the finals 6-5.

"A good chunk of their line-up bats over .325 and they have a very deep pitching staff," Ducklow said. "Their starter, Andy Davis, is the real deal when it comes to pitchers across the state. He can throw up 80 mph and has a good change-up."

Davis threw a no-hitter in the Macks' 10-0 regional semifinal win over Prairie Farm. The last team to score a run on them was Ellsworth.

Ducklow says pitching is going to be a key part of the Cardinals' chances.

"Our pitching has been pretty solid all season," Ducklow said. "If we can get that same effort and keep the game close at the start our confidence will grow and then we'll be able to compete with them. We can't let them control the game from the first inning and then dictate to us."

The Luck-Mellen match-up is actually a rematch from last year's sectional semifinal in which Luck won 5-1. McDonell topped Luck 2-0 in last year's sectional final after beating Plum City 10-0 in five innings in the semis.

Spring Valley is making its first appearance in the sectional tournament since 2004 when McDonell beat them in the finals 17-6.

The state tournament is next week starting Tuesday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute just outside Appleton.