Milton picks up Rock River League baseball playoff win
The Milton Junction Pub Raptors opened the Rock River League playoffs with a victory Saturday afternoon.
After a slow start, Milton’s bats came alive in the fifth inning, and starter Sean McCann struck out nine in a 6-2 complete-game victory over Clyman.
The victory came in South Division pool play, so the Raptors travel to Neosho today. Neosho, the top seed, beat the Madison Black Sox, who will face Clyman in an elimination game today.
“We went through the first three innings without a baserunner, and we didn’t have great swings in those first three innings,” Milton coach Doug Welch said. “The big hit was Tyler Allison’s double early in the fifth. It set us up.”
The two-bagger gave Milton runners on second and third with nobody out. The Raptors got a sacrifice fly and then RBI singles from T.J. Klawitter, Joe Shere and Josh Shere to take a 4-2 lead.
The Raptors added two more in the sixth when Adam Catacutan doubled and scored on Klawitter’s single. Klawitter went 4-for-5.
McCann allowed eight hits but walked just two to limit the damage.
“Like he does some days, Sean just got stronger as he went,” Welch said.
Miton split with Neosho during the regular season.