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Middleton bounces back against Cougars

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Gazette Staff
May 1, 2008
— It didn’t take long for Middleton High’s top-ranked baseball team gain some revenge against Janesville for its only loss of the season.

A day after the Cardinals fell to Janesville Parker, they pounded Janesville Craig, 17-9, in a Big Eight Conference rout here Wednesday at Riverside Park.


The visiting Cardinals, who lost 11-9 to the Vikings, jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first inning against Craig as they improved to 7-1 in the conference and 9-1 overall.


“You can’t have a start like that against a team like Middleton if you expect to battle with them,” Craig coach Victor Herbst said.


Middleton got 18 hits, while Craig had 12. The Cougars committed three errors to Middleton’s one.


Craig starting pitcher Brett Fredricks took the brunt of the Middleton’s early assault, allowing all eight runs. Fredricks surrendered four hits, walked three, hit a batter and notched one strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.


Craig scored three runs in the inning, cutting the deficit to 8-3. The Cougars cut a 16-4 deficit to 16-9 with a five-run rally in the sixth.


“We battled back,” Herbst said. “We didn’t fold up our tent and lose 17-0.”


The loss dropped Craig to 2-6 in the Big Eight and 5-6 overall.


Craig hosts Beloit Memorial in a Big Eight doubleheader at Riverside at 11 a.m. Saturday.


MIDDLETON 17, CRAIG 9


Middleton (ab-r-h-rbi)—Braga, 3b, 4-3-2-3; Layton, cf, 4-1-2-2; Adler, ss, 5-1-3-2; Drunasky, c, 3-1-0-0; Diebold, ph, 1-0-1-1; Lockner, p, 4-1-1-0; Kirschbaum, ph, 1-0-0-0; Wright, lf, 2-4-1-0; Ripp, dh, 4-1-3-4; Haack, ph, 1-0-1-0; Nonn, cf, 0-0-0-0; Strassman, p, 0-0-0-0; Tiedt, 0-0-0-0; Martin, 2b, 3-1-1-1; Navinski, 2b, 2-1-1-0; Mathias, 1b, 3-3-2-1; Digler, lf, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 38-17-18-14.


Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Bayreuther, ss, 5-1-2-0; Foss, 2b, 3-3-1-0; Yaucher, rf, 3-2-0-0; Eichman, c, 4-1-3-1; Whalen, 3b, 5-0-0-0; Nagy, 1b, 2-0-1-2; McCrone, dh, 4-1-2-3; Miller, cf, 0-0-0-0; Weber, lf, 2-1-1-2; Fredricks, p, 0-0-0-0; Olin, p, 2-0-0-0; Wright, cf, 2-0-1-0. Totals: 32-9-12-8.


Middleton 800 314 1—17


Janesville Craig 300 105 0—9


E—Middleton 1, Craig 3. LOB—Middleton 7, Craig 11. 2B—Layton, Yaucher. HR—Ripp, Weber. SB—Wright.


IP H R ER BB SO


Middleton


Lochner 1 2/3 4 3 3 5 0


Strassman 4 6 6 6 4 2


Layton 1 1-3 2 0 0 0 0


Janesville Craig


Fredricks 2-3 4 8 8 3 1


Olin 3 1-3 6 3 3 0 0


Miller 2 6 5 3 2 2


Grall 1 1 1 1 1 1



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