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Rock River League: Milton tops first-place Neosho in 12 innings

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Gazette staff
August 3, 2014

The Milton Raptors reminded first-place Neosho, which entered Rock River League play Sunday at 15-1, that they’re still a pretty good team in their own right.

Milton (12-4) won 6-5 rallied on a suicide squeeze by Tom Scalissi in the 12th after re-tying the game in the bottom of the 10th inning after Neosho (15-2) took a one-run lead.

Sean McCann pitched all 12 innings for the Raptors and struck out 10 Neosho batters.

“He won the day for us against a good hitting team,” Raptors manager Doug Welch said. “He picked up the defense and got strikeouts when he needed to.”

The Raptors, who eliminated Neosho from the RRL playoffs each of the last two years, took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third.

A pair of Neosho errors, including a throwing error that plated two runs after T.J. Klawitter laid down a sacrifice bunt, played a key role in the frame.

Neosho chipped away at the lead with single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. It eventually took the lead in the top of the 10th to put Milton on the ropes, but the top of the order came through again.

Klawitter got hit by a pitch, then Joe Shere delivered a single on a hit-and-run that sent Klawitter to third. Josh Shere sent a high chopper up the middle that turned into a game-tying fielder’s choice.

In the 12th, the Sheres again powered the rally. Joe led off with a single, and Josh sent his brother to third with a single of his own. Neosho intentionally walked Scott Steinke to load the bases, and with the infield in to cut down any runner at home, the Raptors suicide squeezed to win the game.

“It took all we had to stick with them and beat them at the end,” Welch said. “The heart of the order did a good job extending innings and keeping us in it.”

Milton needs one win in its last two games to lock itself in to second place in the RRL South Division. It plays at the Madison Black Sox at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the Raptors conclude the season at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Watertown.

MILTON 6, NEOSHO 5, 12 INNINGS

Neosho            010      011      100 100—5                         11                    3

Milton              004      000      000 101—6                         15                    4

Bemis, Lausdorf (9) and Kreuser; McCann and Allison and Haney.

Leading hitters—Ninmann (N) 3x6, Jacobson (N) 2x5, Kreuser (N) 2x6, Joe Shere (M) 5x6, Josh Shere (M) 3x6, Scalissi (M) 3x6. 2B—Ninmann (N), Lausdorf (N), Scalissi (M).

SO—Bemis 4, Lausdorf 2, McCann 10. BB—Bemis 1, Lausdorf 1, McCann 4.

The Milton Raptors reminded first-place Neosho, which entered Rock River League play Sunday at 15-1, that they’re still a pretty good team in their own right.

Milton (12-4) won 6-5 rallied on a suicide squeeze by Tom Scalissi in the 12th after re-tying the game in the bottom of the 10th inning after Neosho (15-2) took a one-run lead.

Sean McCann pitched all 12 innings for the Raptors and struck out 10 Neosho batters.

“He won the day for us against a good hitting team,” Raptors manager Doug Welch said. “He picked up the defense and got strikeouts when he needed to.”

The Raptors, who eliminated Neosho from the RRL playoffs each of the last two years, took a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the third.

A pair of Neosho errors, including a throwing error that plated two runs after T.J. Klawitter laid down a sacrifice bunt, played a key role in the frame.

Neosho chipped away at the lead with single tallies in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. It eventually took the lead in the top of the 10th to put Milton on the ropes, but the top of the order came through again.

Klawitter got hit by a pitch, then Joe Shere delivered a single on a hit-and-run that sent Klawitter to third. Josh Shere sent a high chopper up the middle that turned into a game-tying fielder’s choice.

In the 12th, the Sheres again powered the rally. Joe led off with a single, and Josh sent his brother to third with a single of his own. Neosho intentionally walked Scott Steinke to load the bases, and with the infield in to cut down any runner at home, the Raptors suicide squeezed to win the game.

“It took all we had to stick with them and beat them at the end,” Welch said. “The heart of the order did a good job extending innings and keeping us in it.”

Milton needs one win in its last two games to lock itself in to second place in the RRL South Division. It plays at the Madison Black Sox at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the Raptors conclude the season at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Watertown.

MILTON 6, NEOSHO 5, 12 INNINGS

Neosho            010      011      100 100—5                         11                    3

Milton              004      000      000 101—6                         15                    4

Bemis, Lausdorf (9) and Kreuser; McCann and Allison and Haney.

Leading hitters—Ninmann (N) 3x6, Jacobson (N) 2x5, Kreuser (N) 2x6, Joe Shere (M) 5x6, Josh Shere (M) 3x6, Scalissi (M) 3x6. 2B—Ninmann (N), Lausdorf (N), Scalissi (M).

SO—Bemis 4, Lausdorf 2, McCann 10. BB—Bemis 1, Lausdorf 1, McCann 4.



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