Albion, Milton collect local baseball wins
The Albion Tigers are all set for a pivotal two weeks of the Home Talent League baseball season.
A four-run eighth inning Saturday helped them pull away from Clinton for an 11-4 victory in Fort Atkinson. And now the Tigers, the reigning state champions who are off to a 7-0 start, will enter the toughest part of their schedule to date.
They host 5-2 Jefferson next weekend and play 7-0 Fort Atkinson after that. Stoughton (7-1) and Fort Atkinson also play next week.
"Some teams are going to start to take some losses," Albion's Matt Towns said.
Not Albion. At least not on Sunday.
Although the Tigers fell behind Clinton 3-2 after three innings, they regained the lead with two runs in the fourth and another in the fifth.
Still up 5-3 in the eighth, they tacked on four insurance runs thanks to four Clinton errors.
"It was a tight game until the top of the eighth," Towns said. "Their defense let them down a little bit there, but up until that point it was kind of back and forth.
"That's a really good team. They're 3-3 and all three of their losses kind of look like this, with just one rough inning."
Aaron Laskowski went 4-for-6 with 2 RBI and one run scored to lead Albion's offense. Josh Eastman and Jake Taylor combined for the victory from the hill.
Milton 3, Juneau--The Junction Pub Raptors sraped across single runs in the first and second innings on the way to a close Rock River League victory.
Janesville Craig graduate Alex Marro threw seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out 10.
"He had good velocity and good control," Milton coach Doug Welch said. "They never really threatened."
Janesville Parker grad Zach Bailey led off the game by reaching on an error and later scored what wound up being the winning run on Sam McCann's RBI groundout.
Jeff Jacobson singled and scored in the second.
Milton hosts Lake Mills at 8 p.m. Thursday in a Home Talent League night game at Schilberg Park. The Raptors return to RRL action Sunday at Neosho.
ALBION 11, CLINTON 4
Jo. Eastman, Taylor (7) and Mades; Hoey, Lange (6) and Cook
Leading hitters--Laskowski (A) 4x6, C. Oren (A) 2x4, Peacock (C) 2x5, Jones (C) 3x5, Cook (C) 2x3, Loomis (C) 2x4, Johnson (C) 2x5. 2B--Olstad (A), Jones, Cook.
SO--Eastman 5, Taylor 2, Hoey 5, Lange 6. BB--Eastman 3, Taylor 2, Hoey 3.
MILTON 3, JUNEAU 0
Lehman and Kluge; Marro, Davis (8) and Blomgren
SO--Lehman 5, Marro 10. BB--Lehman 1, Marro 2, Davis 1.