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Albion wins battle for first place

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June 15, 2009

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.


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.


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.


-- 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.


Kyle Mack went 4-for-6 to lead Lodi’s 16-hit attack. Chad 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.


-- 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 (3-5).


-- 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 (7-1) were aided by Rick Klotz’s eight solid inning.


-- 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.


-- Cambridge 7, Deerfield 2—Adrian Flores aided his complete-game pitching with an RBI double to lead Cambridge (4-4) past Deerfield (3-5).



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