Big Eight baseball: Craig tops Beloit Memorial
JANESVILLE—The bottom half sparked Janesville Craig’s 4-3 Big Eight Conference baseball victory over visiting Beloit Memorial on Saturday afternoon at Riverside Park.
“People who have been watching us know the top of our lineup has been carrying us all year,” Craig coach Vic Herbst said. “Today, three of our four runs were scored by guys in the bottom half. The four guys in the bottom half of our lineup played great today.”
The Cougars used seven stolen bases, two sacrifice bunts and a sacrifice fly, along with Beloit miscues, to manufacture their four runs.
Chase Nyborg started for the Cougars and allowed two runs in five innings.
Nick Blomgren pitched the final two innings and earned the victory.
The Cougars began picking apart the Purple Knights in the third inning. No. 8 hitter Trayton Christiansen walked, No. 9 hitter Charlie Platts sacrificed him to second and Christiansen went to third on a passed ball. Leadoff hitter Wyatt Olson came through with an RBI single.
After the Purple Knights took a 2-1 lead in the fifth, the Cougars responded with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning.
McCauley Cox led off with a double, and Christiansen sacrificed him to third. Platts got Cox home with a sacrifice fly to right. With two outs, Olson reached on an error and stole both second and third.
Justin Graham and Blomgren drew walks to load the bases, and Olson scored on a wild pitch.
Beloit tied the game at 3-all with a run in the sixth, but again the Cougars had an answer in the bottom of the inning.
With one out, backup catcher Connor Perkins drew a walk. Justin Filter came in as a courtesy runner and stole second. Cox then tripled to right center to score Filter with what turned out to be the winning run.
Blomgren, who started at catcher because usual starter Alex Marro has a sore shoulder, closed the game by retiring the Purple Knights in the seventh.
“From a fan’s standpoint, it was a great game to watch,” Herbst said.
Nyborg, a sophomore left-hander, threw his best game of the season. Herbst also praised the sixth inning at-bat of Perkins, who is the third-string catcher.
Craig, 3-1 in the Big Eight and 4-1 overall, play at La Follette on Tuesday afternoon. Beloit (0-3, 1-4) hosts Janesville Parker on Monday afternoon.
CRAIG 4, BELOIT 3
Beloit (ab-r-h-rbi)—Oselio, ss, 4-1-1-0; Raisbeck, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Whalen, dh, 4-1-3-0; Masterson, 3b, 0-0-0-0; Druding, p, 4-0-2-2; Cabrera, rf, 3-0-0-0; Mickey, c, 3-0-1-0; Grover, cf, 2-0-0-0; L. Johnson, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Hughes, p, 0-0-0-0; C. Johnson, p, 0-1-0-0; Freitag, lf, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 28-3-8-3.
Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Olson, cf, 4-1-1-1; Graham, ss, 1-0-0-0; Blomgren, c-p, 2-0-0-0; Brandt, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Faust, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Nyborg, p, 2-0-0-0; Perkins, c, 0-0-0-0; Filter, cr, 0-1-0-0; Cox, 2b, 3-1-2-1; Christiansen, rf, 1-1-1-0; Platts, lf, 1-0-0-1. Totals: 20-4-4-3.
Beloit Memorial 000 021 0—3
Craig 001 021 x—4
E—Beloit 1, Craig 2. LOB—Beloit 11, Craig 6. 2B—Cox, Druding 2. 3B—Cox. SB—Olson 4, Graham, Filter, Christiansen. Sac—Christiansen, Platts, C. Johnson, Freitag. SF—Platts, Raisbeck.
Beloit IP H R ER BB SO
Druding 4 2/3 2 3 2 2 4
Hughes 0 0 0 0 2 0
C. Johnson (L) 1 1/3 2 1 1 1 0
Nyborg 5 7 2 2 2 3
Blomgren (W) 2 1 1 1 1 2