For the first time in its history, the Sheboygan Post 83 baseball team was ranked No. 1 in the state.
The poll was released last Tuesday, and the reigning state-champion squad entered this past weekend with a 13-4 record.
“It’s probably more of an accomplishment from what we were able to do last year,” manager Steve Goes said. “Then the fact we got off to a good start. I think it’s the combination of those two things led to that.”
Shortly after finding out Sheboygan was No. 1, the team suffered a 2-1 loss last Tuesday that halted its five-game winning streak.
“Manitowoc is good, but it was one of those games where we felt like we should’ve been up like 6- or 7-2,” Goes said.
As of Thursday, Sheboygan was 11-2 in its last 13 games, highlighted by a 5-0 finish in its own tournament in mid-June.
The team allowed a total of only seven runs and defeated Fond du Lac, 3-0, by scoring all the runs in the bottom of the sixth inning in the title game.
There was also an 11-1 win over Eau Claire in the tourney in a rematch of the state championship game, and a 6-5 victory over Plover after trailing, 5-0.
On June 23, Sheboygan also swept a doubleheader from Plover, which was ranked No. 2 in the state as of last week.