Wyatt Olson, Cougars beat West in extras
JANESVILLE--Janesville Craig’s baseball team worked overtime for a win Thursday afternoon.
Wyatt Olson tripled and scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Cougars to a 6-5 win over Madison West in a Big Eight Conference game at Riverside Park.
Craig (3-0, 2-0) tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth on Alex Marro’s RBI single before winning it in the ninth on Olson’s heroics.
“We were a little off today and didn’t play nearly as well as we did Tuesday,” Craig coach Vic Herbst said. “But they say that good teams find a way to win, and we were able to do that today.
“Defensively, we had some lapses, but our pitching kept us in the game and gave us a chance at the end to win it.”
West (1-3, 0-2) led 4-3 in the fifth before Craig tied it on Nick Blomgren’s sacrifice fly. Blomgren continues to swing a hot bat. The junior went 3-for-3 on Thursday, scoring three runs and stealing two bases.
The Regents took a 5-4 lead in the eighth, but Marro’s clutch RBI single down the leftfield line tied it.
Craig reliever Kellen Stearns shut down West in the ninth.
In the bottom of the inning, Craig’s first two batters flew out before Olson ripped a triple to the gap in right. With Justin Graham batting, West pitcher Cam Porter bounced a curveball to the plate that catcher Tony Osterberg could not handle, allowing Olson to easily race home with the winning run.
Pitching remains well ahead of hitting this early in the season. The two teams struck out a combined 24 times, including 11 from West starting pitcher Simon Rosenblum-Larson.
“I really liked what I saw from Connor Perkins today,” Herbst said of his reliever. “And really, all three of the guys I put out there today kept us in the game. Chase (Nyborg) had a couple walks that hurt him, but when he threw strikes, he was effective.
“Our biggest problem is that we’ve got to make plays in the field whether it’s fielding a ball, throwing the ball or hitting the cutoff man. And I think once we can get outside a little bit more, we will shore up that problem.”
Craig plays at Verona on Tuesday before hosting two-time defending state champion Sun Prairie on Thursday.