GRAND CHUTE -
The Antigo Red Robins needed two wins against top five teams on the same day to take home the school's first baseball state title.
That's exactly what the Robins did in a day that people in Antigo will talk about for a long time to come.
"They just keep going and keep going and their attitude just doesn't change," head coach Scott Farmer said.
A day to remember for the Antigo Red Robins started even before their opening game against the West De Pere, when they saw the Phantoms weren't using their number one pitcher.
"To me, that shows they weren't expecting a tough game from us," Farmer said. "They were saving their number one for the championship game."
Antigo soon made West De Pere regret that decision, beating the top-ranked team in Division 2, 3-0, to set up a championship game against Union Grove and a special moment between shortstop Eric Langseth and his mother.
"After the first game, she came up to me just crying and I said 'stop crying, stop crying we just won, we're going to the championship.'" Langseth said.
After keeping pace with Union Grove through four innings, Antigo found itself down 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth with catcher Logan Doering at the plate, who promptly hit a two-run homer to put the Robins up 4-3.
"When he hit it, I was like 'oh my goodness'" Langseth said.
The runs would not stop there.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, Langseth hit a routine single to right field that went through the fielders' glove, allowing three runs to score.
"When you get one through the infield, you've got to run because you never know, a play like that can happen," Langseth said. "I just took off and I saw the ball go right behind him."
With an 8-3 lead in the top of the seventh, all that remained was the last out and the celebration.
"I was happy when I was watching those kids run out there and pile on each other," Farmer said.
"That was probably the best moment of my life," Doering said. "I'm still speechless."
"These guys came out and we wanted it so bad and we never wanted it to end and look at us now," Langseth said. "We beat the number one team and come out here and win the state championship."
Antigo only loses four seniors at the end of this season.
The majority of the Red Robins will be back next year not just to win a state title, but for the first time, to defend one.