Follmann powers Edgewood past Milton
MILTON--Luke Follmann was a one-player wrecking crew Monday night.
The Madison Edgewood junior’s offensive outburst came at the expense of the Milton baseball team.
Follmann went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, five RBI and a pair of runs scored, propelling the Crusaders to an 8-4 Badger South Conference victory over the host Red Hawks at Schilberg Park.
Milton fell to 3-7 overall and 2-3 in conference and has lost four straight games.
“They had a guy who had a really good day,” Milton coach Kris Agnew said. “Outside of that, I thought we played some pretty decent defense, Dakota (Cude) threw the ball pretty well.
“Sometimes you just run into that.”
Edgewood trailed 2-1 in the third inning when Follmann helped break the game open. Ryan Wiedenbeck legged out an RBI infield single to tie the game 2-2 with two outs.
One batter later, Follmann blasted an 0-1 pitch deep over the wall in right field.
“He (Cude) got ahead of that guy all day, and then made some borderline pitches nibbling at corners,” Agnew said. “I thought he made some really good pitches. That kid just showed a lot of discipline and had a really good day.”
Milton clawed back within a run, 5-4, with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Jerry Lipke led off with a double and scored on an error, and senior catcher Chase Davis, who will play collegiately at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, ripped a two-out RBI triple to plate Blake Fuchs.
But the Crusaders padded their lead right away again in the fifth. This time, Follmann fell behind 0-2 in the count but worked it back to 2-2 before lifting a one-out, two-run double to the left-field wall.
Edgewood starter Curtis Sheahan went the distance, allowing seven hits. He faced the minimum nine batters over the final three innings.
Lipke and Kam Van Natta each had a pair of hits for Milton.
“We’ve got to stay together as a unit and just keep playing,” Agnew said. “I think their attitude is right. I’m not questioning any effort. Guys are playing hard, we’ve just got to cash in some of our opportunities right now.”
Milton will get plenty of chances this week, including right away today with a road game against Waunakee.
EDGEWOOD 8, MILTON 4
Edgewood 014 030 0—8 10 1
Milton 020 200 0—4 7 1
Sheahan and Jacobs; Cude, Fuchs (6) and Davis
Leading hitters—Hartlieb (E) 3x3, Follmann (E) 3x4, Van Natta (M) 2x4, Lipke (M) 2x3. 2B—Kelly (E), Follmann 2, Lipke. 3B—Davis (M). HR—Follmann.
SO—Sheahan 4, Cude 4, Fuchs 2. BB—Sheahand 1, Cude 1.