Milton Raptors suffer rare lopsided loss
For one night, at least, things turned upside down for the Milton Junction Pub Raptors in the Rock River League on Sunday.
A seven-run fifth inning vaulted Johnson Creek to a 13-3, 10-run-rule win over the Raptors (10-3 RRL, 14-5 overall).
Dave Sagaitis started for Milton and had the Raptors in a tight, 2-1 ball game when the bottom of the fifth began. The first three Johnson Creek batters reached base against him, and T.J. Klawitter entered the game with the bases loaded and nobody out.
“We put T.J. in a tough situation there … and it just snowballed on us,” Raptors manager Doug Welch said.
The win capped a good weekend for Johnson Creek, which won twice over the weekend as the Janesville Aces dropped two games. The weekend results pulled Johnson Creek into a tie with the Aces for the fourth playoff spot in the Southern Divison.
Milton now holds a half-game lead over third-place Clyman in the division. The Raptors have next weekend off in the Rock River League before a pair of home games against Clyman on July 25 and Helenville on July 27.
JOHNSON CREEK 13, MILTON 3
Milton 001 001 1—3 14 3
Johnson Creek 210 072 1—13 17 2
Sagaitis, T.J. Klawitter (5), Joe Shere (6), Catacutan (7) and Allison and Haney.
Leading hitters—Catacutan (M) 2x5, T.J. Klaw (M) 2x4 Josh Shere 2x4, Jacobson 2x4, Sagaitis 2x4. 2B—Josh Shere. 3B—Sagaitis.
SO—Sagaitis 2, Klawitter 1, Joe Shere 1. BB—Sagaitis 1, Klawitter 2, Shere 1.