Edgerton bats come alive against East Troy

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John Barry
Thursday, May 1, 2014

EDGERTON--Three straight days of rain forced Edgerton High’s baseball team indoors this week.

The Crimson Tide spent most of those three days in the batting cages working on their hitting.

The extra work paid off Thursday, as Edgerton pounded out 13 hits in a 15-4 Rock Valley North win in five innings over East Troy.

Jeremy Hart drove in five runs for Edgerton (6-4, 6-2), while Jake Zeimet went the distance in picking up the win.

“That’s the best we’ve hit the ball all season,” Edgerton coach Mike Gregory said. “The weather really messed things up as far as our schedule goes, but it allowed us to really concentrate on hitting, and that paid off today.

“Plus, with Jake being able to pitch the whole game, it saved us from having to use Lucas (Gregory) at all this week, which is big. He threw over 200 pitches last week but now will have this whole week off to rest his arm a little.”

Edgerton jumped on the visitors early. The Tide sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the first and scored four runs. Back-to-back doubles by Brennan Deegan and Gregory started the rally.

The Crimson Tide made it 8-0 in the second. Hart drove in two runs with a single and eventually scored on Logan Hein’s RBI base hit.

East Troy cut the margin in half in the third thanks to two Edgerton errors, but a seven-run fourth put the game away.

Edgerton had six hits in the fourth, including Hart’s two-run double that made it 15-4.

Zeimet allowed seven hits but was only in trouble in one inning. The junior right-hander struck out two and walked two.

“I could see it coming,” Gregory said of the offensive onslaught. “Hitting is all a matter of repetition. Tuesday we looked a little better in the cages than Monday, and (Wednesday) we were really hitting the ball well, and I thought it would carry over and it did.

“Tonight we faced their ace (Josh Oswald), who was 3-1 coming in, and he didn’t get an out in the first inning. Hopefully that’s a good sign for us.”

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