13Us come together at right time
The Janesville 13U baseball team left no doubt it was the best team in the state last weekend.
The local squad outscored Eau Claire 25-1 in its last two games in coasting to the title.
Head coach Jeff Endicott said the bar was set high for this group, and they delivered.
“We just seem to be getting better and better each and every game,” Endicott said. “These kids have been playing together since they were nine and it shows.
“And our defense has been stellar. I think through the whole state tournament, we might've had one error.”
The team's success starts with pitching. Left-hander Jordan Bailey and right-hander Dan Blomgren allowed only three hits in Janesville's final two tournament games. Right-hander Ben Coulter also had a complete-game win in the tournament.
“Jordan's just a very, very good all-around player,” Endicott said. “When he's on the mound, everybody knows we've got a pretty good chance to win. And really, all our pitchers are having success because they're throwing strikes.
“And with Jake (Campbell) behind the plate, we've got one of the best defensive catchers I've ever seen at this level.”
Tanner Williams and Ross March are quality 4-5 hitters for Janesville, with March recently returning from an injury and providing stability to the infield.
Endicott said making the move from the 46x60 (46 feet from pitching mound to home and 60 feet between bases) field to the 50x70 field this season was a big adjustment for the team.
He said they've handled it well.
“It's obviously a challenge on the bigger field, but we've played up (in age group) in a number of tournaments and that has helped prepare us.
“We've done well because everybody on the team has contributed. We're definitely not where we're at because of one or two kids. It's everybody.”