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Offensive outburst fuels Milton Raptors win

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Gazette staff
June 16, 2014

Doug Welch and his Milton Raptors hope they broke a recent offensive slump after a 12-3 Rock River League win Sunday against Watertown.

The Raptors (10-4 overall, 7-2 Rock River League) collected 19 hits, 18 of them singles, and delivered runners home a day after scoring just one run in a pivotal league loss to Neosho.

“We've been searching for big hits, and we got them today,” Welch said.

Watertown struck in the top of the first with a single run, but Milton came up in the bottom half of the frame and scored three times on an RBI double by Scott Steinke and a two-run single off the bat of Tyler Allison.

Milton blew the game open in the fourth with a six-run inning. Joe Shere and Sean McCann each had two-run singles in the frame.

“Those are probably more big hits in one game than we've had in our last four or five,” Welch said.

The second game of the weekend forced Tom Klawitter into pitching action Sunday. He responded with six strong innings, scattering three hits and two walks while striking out three Watertown batters.

“He kept them at bay as our bats got it together, and that was a big key for us,” Welch said.

Milton starts the second half of the RRL schedule next weekend when it travels to play Madison Laurel Tavern. The Raptors also have a Home Talent game at 6 p.m. Thursday in Albion.

MILTON 12, WATERTOWN 3

Watertown     100     000     200—3     7     2

Milton             300     620     10x—12  19    1

Schwantes, Breese (7) and Kopplien; Tom Klawitter, Sagaitis (7) and Haney.

Leading hitters—Verveld (W) 2x4, Carell (W) 2x3, T.J. Klawitter (M) 2x6, Josh Shere (M) 3x4, Matt Fredricks (M) 2x2, Tyler Allison (M) 2x3, Jesse Siriani (M) 2x3, Sagaitis (M) 2x4. 2B—Verveld (W) 2, Steinke (M).

SO—Schwantes 1, Breese 2, Klawitter 3, Sagaitis 4. BB—Schwantes 3, Klawitter 2.



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