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Albion hurler earns win, save

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June 8, 2009

Albion pitcher Mike Nanstad did double duty Sunday in pitching the Albion Tigers into a tie for the West Division lead in the Southeast Section of Home Talent League baseball.


Nanstad threw all nine innings,but one in relief. So, technically, he didn’t get a complete game, but the Tigers got a 13-10 victory over Utica that left them in a tie with Utica, Lodi and Stoughton for the division lead at 4-3.


After throwing 140 pitches in eight innings, and his team having a 13-6 lead, Nanstad was lifted for reliever Matt Buhrow. After four straight walks and nobody out, the Tigers brought back Nanstad, who got a win and a save, but only after all four runners who had walked scored to pull Utica within three runs.


Albion built a 7-0 lead in a six-run fourth inning that included Ethan Vaade’s two-run single, followed by Marty Johnson’s two-run double.


Utica pulled within 7-6 in a six-run sixth, but Corey Vickers’ third hit of the day drove in two runs that keyed a five-run eighth and gave Albion its 13-6 lead. Aaron Manogue also had an RBI single in that rally.


Vaade and Johnson also had three hits apiece to spark the Tigers’ 14-hit attack.


-- Orfordville 5, Lodi 4—Dan Gander’s RBI single in the top of the ninth drove in the eventual winning run as the Orioles (3-4) deprived Lodi of a chance to grab the undisputed West Division lead.


Lodi had tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth and threatened in the ninth, but had two runners picked off by Orfordville pitcher Zack Jones.


-- Stoughton 8, Evansville 1—Stoughton gained its share of the West Division lead by building a 6-0 lead over visiting Evansville in a five-run fifth.


Jake Brandt and Nate Dosch keyed the big rally with back-to-back hits. Lonnie Klecker went 3-for-5 to lead Stoughton’s 10-hit attack.


Brent Cashore singled home Evansville’s run in the eighth, but the Jays dropped to 2-5 in the West.


-- Fort Atkinson 4, Cambridge 1—Tim Brokl had a three-run double in the sixth and drove in four runs overall as East Division leader Fort Atkinson pushed its record to 5-1.


-- Lake Mills 9, Whitewater 8—Keith McFarlane had a three-run homer in the sixth and five RBIs for the day as the Grays (3-4) slipped past the Swingers (2-5) in a battle of East Division teams.


-- Jefferson 12, Deerfield 2—Javier Rodriguez’s two-run single with two outs in the fourth provided the spark as the Blue Devils boosted their East Division record to 4-3 and dropped Deerfield to 3-4.



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