Janesville Legion closes out Colorado road trip
The Rake Nation baseball team didn’t let the Janesville Legion team leave Colorado on a high note.
The select team of top players from the Colorado Springs area notched walk-off wins in both games of a Saturday doubleheader, winning 14-13 and 10-9.
Janesville’s Post 205 fell to 12-9 overall and went 5-6 on its trip out west.
“We were playing at 9,000 feet today, and the ball was just flying,” Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. “I think the kids probably came together as a team on this trip. We went to Pikes Peak and a Rockies game, so that was nice.
“Our hitting is there. We’re going to hit and score runs, now we’ve just go to figure out how to stop teams.”
Errors stung Janesville on its trip, and the final day was no different. Post 205 had 12 blunders in the first game alone, and its pitchers gave up just four earned runs.
The teams traded the lead back and forth until Rake Nation hit a no-out, two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
“The problem with so many errors is that 30 percent of the pitches that were thrown came after our pitchers should have been out of the inning,” Schenck said. “So pitch counts go up and up and up.”
In the second game, Janesville led 4-0, 5-3 and 6-5 but couldn’t make the advantages hold up. It had the bases loaded and nobody out with one run already in during the top of the sixth inning, but Post 205 couldn’t plate another run.
“We had a chance to break the game open and didn’t,” Schenck said.
Brandon Hughes hit two home runs on the day, including one in the top of the seventh to tie the game, 9-9. But Rake closed out the day with three hits to lead off its turn in the seventh and walked away as winners once again.
Janesville averaged nearly 12 runs per game on the road trip but gave up more than 10 per outing.
The team returns home today and will play a doubleheader at Baraboo Tuesday night.