Nanstad wins and saves Albion's Home Talent victory
Albion 4 3
Lodi 4 3
Stoughton 4 3
Utica 4 3
Orfordville 3 4
Evansville 2 5
Fort Atkinson 5 1
Jefferson 4 3
Cambridge 3 4
Deerfield 3 4
Lake Mills 3 4
Whitewater 2 5
Albion 13, Utica 10
Orfordville 5, Lodi 4
Stoughton 8, Evansville 1
Fort Atkinson 4, Cambridge 1
Lake Mills 9, Whitewater 8
Jefferson 12, Deerfield 2
GAMES NEXT SUNDAY
(1 p.m. unless indicated)
Stoughton at Albion
Lodi at Evansville
Orfordville at Utica
Whitewater at Jefferson
Fort Atkinson at Lake Mills
Cambridge at Deerfield, 2 p.m.
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, including 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.
In other Southeast action, Orfordville knocked off Lodi, 5-4; Stoughton downed Evansville, 8-1; Fort Atkinson topped Deerfield, 4-1; Lake Mills edged Whitewater, 9-8; and Jefferson routed Deerfield, 12-2.
-- 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.