The Markesan High School baseball team rides on a float during last week Saturday’s June Dairy Days parade. The team served as “Parade Grand Marshals,”
The Markesan High School baseball team rides on a float during last week Saturday’s June Dairy Days parade. The team served as “Parade Grand Marshals,”

   Shane Ryan and Bryce Leedle have been interchangeable pitchers for the Markesan High School Hornet baseball team this season.

   That was on display last week Tuesday during the sectional semifinal and final in Brodhead, Wis.

   The pitchers took turns starting and finishing games as the Hornets punched their third ticket to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament and the second in the last four years.

   Markesan beat Lakeside Lutheran 6-1 and followed that up with a 3-1 win over Prairie du Chien.

   The Hornets (21-5 overall), who also made appearances in 1957 and 2016, are slated to face off with Ozaukee (12-7 overall) in a Division 3 semifinal match-up today (Wednesday) around 3 p.m. at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wis.

   The winner is scheduled to face the winner of Boyceville (19-3) and Stratford for the state championship Thursday at 12:05 p.m.

   “It’s kind of like ‘1A’ and ‘1B,’” Markesan head coach Dean Slark said of the pitchers. “Shane has experience, so he’s kind of our ace. But Bryce Leedle has pitched really well this year; he had two no-hitters. Both of them combined have given up like four earned runs all year. The makeup of our team is definitely pitching and defense, and without those two guys and supporting cast, we wouldn’t be sitting where we are today. So a pretty good problem to have, to have two aces, but both of them have pitched really well.”

   While those two pitchers have been the driving force behind the Hornets this year, Slark noted several others played key roles.

Read the full story, which includes information on some of the adversity Markesan had to overcome, in the June 13, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.