Milton baseball falls, 11-10, despite three homers

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John Barry
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

MILTON--Milton High's baseball team won Tuesday's home run derby against Oregon.

The Red Hawks belted three home runs while the Panthers failed to take advantage of a stiff wind blowing out to left.

Unfortunately for the Red Hawks, the Panthers won where it mattered most—on the scoreboard.

Will Reinicke went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead Oregon to an 11-10 Badger South Conference win.

Milton (5-7, 4-4) cut a four-run deficit to one in the bottom of the seventh, sparked by Tyler Westrick's home run, but it left the tying run at third.

“It was a tough loss, but we can certainly take some positives from it,” Milton coach Ryan Neuenschwander said. “The way we battled back and swung the bats against a guy that got the best of us the first time we faced him says a lot about this team.”

Logan Laski started for Oregon. The right-hander defeated the Red Hawks 9-1 earlier this season but was average, at best, Tuesday. He got the win despite giving up seven runs in six innings.

Milton trailed 8-3 in the second. Oregon batted around the order in the top of the inning in scoring six runs, but Milton responded with three runs to cut the lead to 8-6. Drew Rust singled to start the rally and scored on Drew Hermanson's two-run homer to left. Justin Lynch made it back-to-back home runs as he blasted the first pitch from Laski over the fence in left.

“Even though we hit him well today, we didn't want to face him,” Neuenschwander said of Laski. “We wanted to get to their bullpen and eventually did.

“It came down to one bad inning costing us.”

Oregon pushed the lead to 11-7 going into the bottom of the seventh. Westrick homered to start the inning to make it 11-8. With one out, Evan Whitehead, Robert Guenther and Dakota Moxley all singled to load the bases. Garrett Olson's RBI grounder made it 11-9 and Hermanson followed with an RBI single to get the Red Hawks within one.

Ross Galloway, who relieved Laski to start the seventh, then got a strikeout to end the game.

Milton finished with 13 hits, including five for extra bases.

The Red Hawks host Sauk Prairie in a Badger crossover Friday.

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