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Nanstad leads Albion to win

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Gazette Staff
June 22, 2009

Justin Verlander wasn’t the only Tiger pitcher making it tough on a Wisconsin baseball team Sunday.


While the Detroit right-hander again was stopping the Milwaukee Brewers, the Albion Tigers got a dominating performance from Mike Nanstad en route to a 1-0 victory over Deerfield in the Home Talent League.


Nanstad, also a right-hander, pitched a two-hitter and struck out 18 as Albion remained tied with Lodi for first place at 6-3 in the West Division of the Southeast Section.


Lodi kept pace with the Tigers by nipping Whitewater, 2-1. Utica (5-4) lost its share of the West Division’s top spot lead by losing to East Division leader Fort Atkinson, 7-6; Cambridge clipped Evansville, 2-1; Orfordville whipped Lake Mills, 13-3; and Jefferson downed Stoughton, 4-1.


Albion needed every solid pitch by Nanstad because the visiting Tigers managed only three hits, and just one of them went out of the infield. Mike Hommen, a recent Deerfield High School graduate and Player of the Year in the Trailways South Conference, held down the Tigers for seven innings, and Alex Anderburg worked the last two.


Aaron Laskowski started the game with a single for Albion, but he was thrown out going for a double. Ethan Vaade and Aaron Manogue got infield singles for the Tigers’ only other hits, but neither figured in the scoring.


Laskowski reached on a two-base error to start the Albion sixth. He went to third on Ben Everson’s sacrifice bunt and scored the only run on Jesse Appel’s sacrifice fly.


-- Cambridge 2, Evansville 1—Cambridge (5-4) strengthened its hold on third place in the East by making a two-run first inning hold up against the hard-luck Jays at Utica.


Travis Galston bunted for a hit, went to third on Keith Woodstock’s single and gave Cambridge a 1-0 lead on P.J. Stilling’s sacrifice fly. After Adrian Flores reached on an error, Jason Gjermo’s single drove in the second run.


Evansville got three hits and walk in the second inning but couldn’t score. Derek Cashore was thrown out on an attempted steal after a leadoff double, and another runner was thrown out at the plate.


The Jays got it going in the ninth when Nick Manion walked and Chad Rasmussen got a two-out single. Kendall Butchen followed with an RBI single to make it 2-1. Jeremy Ramussen added another hit, but pinch-runner Jake Bartelt was thrown out at the plate to end the game.


-- Fort Atkinson 7, Utica 6—Bobby Bastien’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Fort Atkinson (8-1) its victory over Utica.


The Generals set up the winning rally with a walk and a single. They battled back from a 6-2 deficit with a four-run seventh inning.


-- Orfordville 13, Lake Mills 3—The Orioles improved to 4-5 in the West Division by blasting visiting Lake Mills with an 11-run fourth inning in a seven-inning game.


Joe Cox had a two-run triple to highlight the big fourth. Nate Henke had an RBI double, and Ty Martin added a two- run single. Martin also had a solo home run in the sixth.


Winning pitcher Alex Pratt threw a complete game that featured 10 strikeouts.


-- Lodi 2, Whitewater 1—Tyler Kurt doubled in the bottom of the ninth and scored the winning run on a dropped fly ball.


Josh Brewer’s RBI single in the third gave Lodi its only other run. Whitewater tied it in the fourth on Dennis Aleckson’s RBI single.


Kyle Mack was aided by three double plays in pitching a five-hitter for Lodi. Jason Kollwelter also went the distance for Whitewater (2-7) in allowing only six hits.



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