Janesville Legion team earns 1-0 victory
Janesville’s American Legion baseball team doesn’t care how it wins right now, just that it happens.
It notched just two hits against Waterford on Wednesday night at Riverside Park, but that was enough to lift Janesville to a 1-0 walkoff victory.
The group was still missing a handful of Janesville Parker players, who played one day earlier at the state tournament.
“Until we get all our players there, it’s scratch and claw,” coach Bob Schenck said. “But both of our pitchers played well. They had just one jam and pitched out of it.”
Chase Nyborg started and threw four scoreless frames, allowing just three hits. Colin Frey came on in the fifth and had the bases loaded with just one out, but Waterford hit a grounder to second baseman Justin Graham, who initiated a double play.
“That was a huge, huge double play,” Schenck said.
The game was scoreless into the bottom of the seventh when Trayton Christiansen led off with a walk, stole second and moved to third on Frey’s sacrifice bunt. After a strikeout, catcher J.T. Smithback hit a grounder to third base, and the third baseman committed an error throwing to first.
Janesville (2-1) is back in action during its Father’s Day Tournament on Friday. Riverside will host three games beginning at 3 p.m., and Janesville is scheduled to face Kenosha at 7:30.