Rock River League: Janesville wins, Milton loses
Down to their last out in a pivotal Rock River League game, the Janesville Aces took advantage of some sloppy Johnson Creek defense to win 3-2 and give them sole possession of the final playoff spot in the league’s South Division.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the ninth—one of whom reached when Johnson Creek (8-8) botched a sacrifice bunt attempt—Tanner Moe hit a ground ball to the Johnson Creek third baseman. He threw to second to get the force out but couldn’t complete the throw.
The error allowed Dave Gackstatter to score the tying run, then after a single to load the bases, Riley Quinn connected with a walk-off RBI single.
The dramatics capped a string of 8˝ scoreless innings with Johnson Creek holding a 2-1 advantage from the first.
“After that first inning where we gave up two (runs), our pitching kept us in the game and the defense was solid,” Aces manager Mike Davis said.
Both teams entered the game with 8-7 records in the RRL, which had them tied for fourth place in the Southern Division. With the win, the Aces (9-7) took a one-game lead in the race for the last playoff spot.
Janesville’s next game is against Watertown (6-10) at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Riverside Park.
JANESVILLE 3, JOHNSON CREEK 2
Johnson Creek 200 000 000—2 6 3
Janesville 100 000 002—3 10 2
McCaffery and A. Mares; M. Davis, T. Davis (8) and Muffey.
Leading hitters—L. Mares (JC) 2x5, A. Mares (JC) 2x4, Parrott (J) 2x5, Luebke (J) 2x5, R. Quinn (J) 3x5, Gackstatter (J) 2x3. 2B—Oestricher (JC).
SO—McCaffery 11, M. Davis 3, T. Davis 4. BB—McCaffery 1, 2 HBP.
• Helenville 8, Milton 2—A mistake-filled second inning doomed the Raptors in an 8-2 loss to Helenville.
Milton (11-4) committed four error and pitcher Jeff Jacobson balked, and Helenville (6-10) turned all the mistakes into runs, Raptors coach Doug Welch said.
“It’s a team we should beat, but we came in and made mistakes and they were all over us,” Welch said.
Rick Klotz struck out four and held the Raptors to two runs in the complete-game effort for Helenville.
“He doesn’t overpower you, but he didn’t walk anybody, which is key,” Welch said of Klotz’s effort.
The loss comes after Milton beat Clyman, who trails the Raptors in the RRL South Division. The two teams are jockeying for home-field advantage in the RRL playoffs.
Milton hosts Neosho at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
HELENVILLE 8, MILTON 2
Helenville 060 000 020—8 10 1
Milton 100 100 000—2 9 6
Klotz and Roth; Jacobson, T.J. Klawitter (7), Joe Shere (8) and Allison.
Leading hitters—Pfeifer (H) 2x4, Stevens (H) 2x5, Murphey (H) 3x5, Catacutan (M) 2x4, T.J. Klawitter (M) 2x4, Josh Shere (M) 2x4. 2B—Wagner (H), Josh Shere (M).
SO—Klotz 4, Jacobson 3, T.J. Klawitter 1, Shere 2. BB—Jacobson 2.