American Legion baseball: Janesville opens tournament with win
JANESVILLE—Bob Schenck got a glimpse Friday night of what type of summer it could be for Janesville’s American Legion baseball team.
Post 205’s head coach, with a full roster at his disposal for the first time this season, liked what he saw.
Logan Coulter belted a walk-off three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to lift Janesville to an 11-1 win over Kenosha as part of the Five Star Tournament at Riverside Park. The game was called due to the 10-run rule.
Brandon Hughes shut down Kenosha on two hits as Janesville improved to 3-1 overall, but 1-0 with its full complement of players.
“There are things we can work on because as a coach you’re never totally happy, but I was pleased with how we came out and played aggressive,” Schenck said. “We got three runs in the first and added four more in the second, and the way Brandon was throwing, that was more than enough.”
Hughes, a 2013 Janesville Craig graduate who pitched this past season for UW-Oshkosh, was in complete control. The right-hander struck out five and retired the last eight batters he faced.
Janesville roughed up Kenosha starter Cameron Smith with seven runs in its first two at-bats.
Connor Osmond ripped a two-run double to highlight Post 205’s first inning, and Justin Graham and Brock Welch had RBIs as part of a four-run second.
“We’ve got kids that can run, and we’re going to be aggressive on the bases,” said Schenck, whose team stole three bases in the game. “Cullen (Osmond) leads off the game for us with a hit, steals second right away and eventually scores. That’s the tone we want to set.”
Janesville added a run in the fourth on Welch’s RBI single before Coulter ended the game with a long home run to right that scored Chase Nyborg and Richard Burkheimer.
Coulter had two hits for Janesville and scored three runs, while Nyborg added two hits and scored twice.
Janesville hosts Oconomowoc at 11:15 a.m. today and will wrap up day two of the three-day tournament with an 8:15 p.m. game against Genoa City. Evansville High graduate Ryan Cashore is scheduled to start’s this morning’s game against Oconomowoc.
“This is always a good tournament and a good chance for us to see how we stack up against some good area teams,” Schenck said.
JANESVILLE 11, KENOSHA 1 (5)
Kenosha (ab-r-h-rbi)—Costable, cf, 2-0-1-1; Coston, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Luscomb, ss-p, 2-0-0-0; Thorne, rf, 2-0-0-0; Smith, p, 1-0-0-0; Jensen, lf, 2-0-0-0; Kramer, c, 2-0-0-0; Brewer, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Stever, 3b, 2-1-1-0. Totals: 17-1-2-1.
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Cu. Osmond, cf, 4-1-1-0; Nyborg, 1b, 3-2-2-0; Coulter, dh, 3-3-2-3; Co. Osmond, rf, 2-2-1-3; Graham, 2b, 1-0-0-0; Cashore, ss, 1-1-0-0; Welch, 3b, 2-0-1-2; Smithback, c, 3-0-0-0; Burkheimer, lf, 1-2-0-0. Totals: 20-11-7-8.
Kenosha 001 00—1
Janesville 340 13—11
E—Kenosha 2. LOB—Kenosha 1, Janesville 6. SF—Welch. SB—Costable, Cu. Osmond, Graham, Burkheimer. 2B—Costable, Co. Osmond, Nyborg. HR—Coulter.
Kenosha IP H R ER BB SO
Smith (L) 4 6 8 6 3 5
Luscomb 1/3 1 3 3 2 0
Hughes (W) 5 2 1 1 1 5