Milton hitters rip Oconomowoc
The top four hitters provided all the run support Nick Meyers needed to pitch Milton High’s baseball team past visiting Oconomowoc on Tuesday afternoon.
Milton scored three times after its first four batters hit in the bottom of the first en route to a 6-2 victory over the Raccoons in the WIAA Division 1 regional semifinals.
The Red Hawks (11-9) play Craig in a regional final Friday afternoon at Riverside Park. The winner faces Janesville Parker or Beloit Memorial in the semifinals of next week’s Parker Sectional.
The first four hitters in the Milton lineup—Chris Nelson, Jake Meyers, Josh Meyers and Riston Furseth—went a combined 8-for-14 to lead a 12-hit attack.
Nelson opened the Milton first inning with a single, and Jake Meyers followed with a double. Josh Meyers doubled home both runners, and Furseth singled in Josh Meyers.
After Oconomowoc scored twice in the second—only one of the runs was earned—Milton scored twice in the third.
An error opened the inning, and Nick Meyers singled. Kyle Ledger singled in one run, and Derek Rucker walked to force in a run later in the inning.
Milton scored its final run when Jake Meyers, Josh Meyers and Furseth all singled.
Nick Meyers did the rest, striking out five.
“When we don’t make errors and give away runs, we can play with most teams because we’re a good enough hitting team to score some runs,” Milton coach Steve Heilman said.
MILTON 6, OCONOMOWOC 2
Oconomowoc 020 000 0—2 6 2
Milton 302 100 x—6 12 2
Fischer, Holbrook (5) and Proud; N. Meyers and J. Meyers.
Leading hitters—Proud (O) 2x3, Nelson (M) 2x4, Jake Meyers (M) 2x3, Josh Meyers (M) 2x4, Furseth (M) 2x4. 2B—Jake Meyers (M), Josh Meyers (M).
SO—Fischer (O) 1, Holbrook (O), N. Meyers (M) 5. BB—Fisher 3, N. Meyers 3
West 9, Verona 8—Madison West (8-13), the Big Eight’s last-place team, used a 4-3 advantage in the eighth inning to upset Verona (12-9) in a Division 1 regional semifinal game.
The Regents battle Big Eight co-champion Madison Memorial on Friday for a berth in the Janesville Parker Sectional.
WEST 9, VERONA 8
Madison West 002 120 04—9 10 1
Verona 203 000 03—8 9 1
Minkoff, Henghan (5) and King; Volker, Burmeister (5), McGowan (8), Robinson (8) and Mason, Stumpfl.
Leading hitters—King (MW) 3x5, Lubarsky (MW) 2x3, Mascitti (MW) 2x5, Jennings (V) 2x4, Roach (V) 2x3, Scanlon (V) 3x4. HR—Jennings (V). 2B—Minkoff (MW), Mascitti (MW), King (MW), Scanlon (V).
SO—Minkoff (MW) 2, Heneghan (MW) 4, Volker (V) 3. BB—Minkoff 2, Heneghan 3, Volker 3, Burmeister (V) 3, McGowan (V) 1.
Monona Grove 9, Stoughton 8—Monona Grove atoned for last week’s 11-0 loss to Stoughton by edging the Vikings (10-8) in a Division 1 regional semifinal game.
The Silver Eagles (8-12) play at second-seeded Oregon in Friday’s regional finals. The winner advances to the upper bracket of the Janesville Parker Sectional.
MONONA GROVE 9, STOUGHTON 8
Monona Grove 101 030 4—9 6 2
Stoughton 010 403 0—8 10 3
Zweifel, Mason (3) and Meyers; Holverson, Hale (5) and Se. Gerber.
Leading hitters—Klitzke (S) 2x3, Wahlin (S) 2x4. HR—O’Donnell (S).
SO—Zweifel (MG) 4, Mason (MG) 3, Holverson (S) 1, Hale (S) 2. BB—Zweifel 2, Mason 1, Holverson 5, Hale 5.
Delavan-Darien 9, Westosha 1—Jeremiah Samuelson limited Westosha Central (6-11) to six hits while striking out 11 to lead the Comets to a Division 1 regional semifinal win.
Delavan-Darien (10-9) plays at top-seeded Wilmot in a regional title game Friday. The winner advances to the Racine Horlick Sectional.
Nathan Boltz went 3-for-4, including a double, while Joe Kieman went 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Kieman put the Comets ahead 2-0 in the first with a two-out single.
Ben Lodahl added a double in Delavan-Darien’s eight-hit offense. Catcher Michael Gonzalez scored three runs, and Matt Paul drove in two
DELAVAN-DARIEN 9, WESTOSHA 1
Delavan-Darien 202 030 2—9 8 0
Westosha 000 001 0—1 6 2
Samuelson and Gonzalez; Marth, Wilson (6), Corkins (7) and Laho.
Leading hitters—Boltz (DD) 3x4, Kiemen (DD) 2x4, Laho (WC) 2x3. 2B—Boltz (DD), Lodahl (DD), Marth (WC).
SO—Samuelson (DD) 11, Marth (WC) 3, Wilson (WC) 3. BB—Samuelson 1, Wilson 2.
Elkhorn 3, Waterford 1—Elkhorn rallied from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Waterford in eight innings in a Division 1 regional semifinal game.
Junior right-hander Ryan Shaw struck out seven in a complete-game performance for Elkhorn (7-13). Matt Reitter pitched a complete game for Waterford (11-9).
The Elks plays Badger at Lake Geneva at 4:30 p.m. Friday in the regional finals. The winner faces Delavan-Darien or Wilmot in the Racine Horlick Sectional.