Albion keeps pace with Home Talent leaders
HOME TALENT BASEBALLl
Albion 5 3
Lodi 5 3
Utica 5 3
Stoughton 4 4
Orfordville 3 5
Evansville 2 6
Fort Atkinson 7 1
Jefferson 5 3
Cambridge 4 4
Deerfield 3 5
Lake Mills 3 5
Whitewater 2 6
Albion 6, Stoughton 1
Lodi 12, Evansville 7
Utica 3, Orfordville 0
Fort Atkinson 8, Lake Mills 4
Jefferson 6, Whitewater 1
Cambridge 7, Deerfield 2
GAMES NEXT SUNDAY
(1 p.m. starting times)
Evansville vs. Cambridge, at Utica
Lake Mills vs. Orfordville, at Beloit
Albion at Deerfield
Stoughton at Jefferson
Utica at Fort Atkinson
Whitewater at Lodi
Mike Nanstad and Ben Everson were at it again Sunday for the victorious Albion Tigers in Home Talent League baseball.
This time, though, Everson used his bat to back up Nanstad’s complete-game pitching as the Tigers topped visiting Stoughton, 6-1, in a battle of West Division co-leaders in the Southeast Section.
Albion kept pace with Utica and Lodi at 5-3, while Stoughton fell a game behind at 4-4.
Everson, one of the Tigers’ top two pitchers, played left field and contributed a two-run single to a five-run eighth that gave Albion its 6-1 lead.
Jason Millar got a leadoff single, and Marty Johnson bunted for a hit to ignite Albion’s big inning. Case Schmeling bunted the runners into scoring position, and Brian Towns drew an intentional walk to load the bases.
After Stoughton changed pitchers, Everson connected on reliever Dave Hanson’s first pitch to give Albion a 3-1 lead. Aaron Laskowski’s single then loaded the bases, Aaron Manogue’s infield out scored another run, and Jesse Appel’s two-run single completed the rally.
Nanstad (4-2) struck out seven and allowed no walks in pitching a four-hitter. He retired the last 11 batters, while Laskowski finished 3-for-5 to lead Albion’s 10-hit attack.
n Lodi 12, Evansville 7—The host Jays had a 5-0 lead after two innings, but Lodi broke a 7-7 tie in a five-run ninth.
Two hits and a walk loaded the bases with nobody out in the Lodi ninth. A bases-loaded walk then forced in the lead run, and Tyler Kurt followed with a three-run double.
Jon Frey had a sacrifice fly to spark Evansville’s four-run first inning. Kevin Dietrich and Chad Ramussen followed with back-to-back RBI singles, and Josh Copeland had an RBI double in the second for the Jays’ fifth run.
Kyle Mack went 4-for-6 to lead Lodi’s 16-hit attack. Ramussen led Evansville’s nine-hit day with a 3-for-5 effort, but the Jays fell to 2-6 in the West as they played without six starters.
n Utica 3, Orfordville 0—Utica retained its share of West lead with three bases-loaded walks in the second inning to account for all the runs against visiting at Orfordville, which fell to 3-5.
n Fort Atkinson 8, Lake Mills 4—Tom Dehnert and Tim Garant had two-run doubles in spark Fort Atkinson’s five-run first inning as the Generals rolled to a 7-1 record, aided by Rick Klotz’s eight solid innings on the mound.
n Jefferson 6, Whitewater 1—Jefferson (5-3) kept its grip on second place in the East by hitting Whitewater (2-6) with a four-run sixth that featured Ryan Wagner’s two-run triple.
n Cambridge 7, Deerfield 2—Adrian Flores aided his complete-game pitching with an RBI double to lead Cambridge (4-4) past Deerfield (3-5).