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Janesville 14s eliminated in extra innings

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Gazette Staff
August 2, 2008
— The tournament ride for the Janesville 14-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team ended late Saturday night with a 3-2 loss to New Castle, Ind., in eight innings at the Ohio Valley Regional.

New Castle won in bottom of eighth when leadoff hitter Devin Nickelson singled. New pitcher Dane Burman made an errant pickoff attempt, and Nickelson moved to second base. Parker Aul then lined a pitch to the left-centerfield gap to score Nickelson with ease.


Janesville had manhandled Benton Harbor (Mich.) earlier in the day to stay alive.


Janesville won by a football-type score of 34-10 victory over Benton Harbor (Mich.).


Janesville took a 9-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, only to commit four fielding errors in the bottom of the inning that led to 10 unearned runs. Janesville wasn’t vulnerable the rest of the way because of Benton Harbor’s poor pitching, and the mercy rule ended the game after five innings.


Because of the length of the first Janesville game, the local team’s second game—with the loser of the game going home—against New Castle (Ind.) did not start until late Saturday.


Several Janesville players had eye-opening performances in the win over Benton Harbor. Leadoff man Jamison Henning went 4-for-5 with four runs scored and eight RBI. Cameron Wright was 4-for-6 with four RBI and three runs scored.


Sam McCann went 3-for-3 with six RBI and two runs scored. Jake Welch was a perfect 4-for-4 with five runs scored and two RBI. Nolan Stearns drive in three runs, and Andy Kersten scored three times.


“We did have some good at-bats,” coach Tom Davey said.


Kersten earned the pitching win, going the first three innings. He did not allow an earned run. Michael Heyerdahl and Justin Gunderson each went an inning in relief.


Still, the defensive lapse in the bottom of the first bothered Davey.


“What can you say?” Davey said. “We take a 9-0 lead, and we come back into the dugout trailing by one. If you combine our first inning with our last inning (Friday), we gave up 20 runs. That’s unacceptable for the Wisconsin state champions.”


The winner of the 10-team, double-elimination tournament in Shelbyville earns a bid to the Babe Ruth World Series in Quincy, Mass., beginning Aug. 16.


A complete story and boxscore will be in Monday’s edition of the Gazette.


JANESVILLE 34, BENTON HARBOR (Mich.) 10


Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Henning, ss, 5-4-4-8; Wright, cf, 6-3-4-4; Burman, 2b, 1-2-0-0; Heyerdahl, p-3b, 1-1-0-0; McCann, 1b, 3-2-3-6; Sperry, rf, 2-2-0-0; Stearns, p, 3-2-1-3; Iverson, ph, 0-1-0-0; Kraus, lf, 3-3-1-1; Chase, ph, 1-0-0-0; Welch, rf-2b, 4-5-4-2; Gunderson, 3b-p, 2-4-1-1; Hoskins, ph, 1-1-1-2; Kersten, p-1b, 4-3-1-1; Steed, ph, 0-1-0-0. Totals: 36-34-20-28.


Benton Harbor (ab-r-h-rbi)—Futrell, rf,-p, 2-2-2-1; Pryor, rf, 2-0-0-0; D. Williams, ss, 4-2-2-3; A. Williams, 3b, 4-2-1-0; Davis, 1b, 3-1-3-2; Vinson, 4-1-1-0; Miles, lf, 2-0-0-0; Jennings, lf, 1-0-1-0; Natier, 2b, 2-1-1-1; BanJaman, cf, 2-1-0-0; Bickham, p, 1-0-0-0; Broadway, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 27-10-11-7.


Janesville 9 4(10) 65—34


Benton Harbor (10)0 0 00—10


E—Janesville 5, Benton Harbor 1. DP—Janesville 1. LOB—Janesville 9, Benton Harbor 7. 2B—Wright, McCann, Welch 2, D. Williams. HR—Henning, McCann. SB—Henning, Wright 2, Welch, Davis.


Janesville IP H R ER BB SO


Kersten (W) 3 8 10 0 2 2


Heyerdahl 1 1 0 0 2 1


Gunderson 1 2 0 0 0 0


Benton Harbor


Bickham (L) 2 9 13 13 6 1


Futrell 2 9 16 16 8 0


Broadway 1 2 5 4 3 1



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