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Phillips powers Janesville Craig baseball

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April 23, 2010
— Mitch Phillips was a one-man wrecking crew for Janesville Craig’s baseball team Thursday afternoon.

The junior hit two home runs and drove in four runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth, as the Cougars edged Madison East, 7-6, in a Big Eight Conference thriller at Riverside Park.


Craig (5-4, 3-3) loaded the bases in the eighth with no outs before Phillips delivered with a single to right to score Christian DeCremer.


“Mitch did everything but sell popcorn for us today,” Craig coach Vic Herbst said. “He hit two home runs, including one that was a ‘no doubt about it’ shot, and came through in the clutch in the eighth.


“That’s two big wins for us this week, and another big game tomorrow with Sun Prairie.”


Trailing 1-0 in the second, Craig took a 4-1 lead thanks to Phillips’ two-run homer, a wild pitch and Jameson Henning’s RBI single. Phillips’ second home run in the third pushed Craig’s lead to 5-1 before East rallied to tie the game.


Cody Steed pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up the win after earning the save in Craig’s 4-1 victory over Parker on Tuesday.


CRAIG 7, EAST 6 (8)

East (ab-r-h-rbi)—Amundson, 3b, 4-1-1-0; Fraser, cf, 3-1-1-0; Strommen, dh-p, 3-1-1-2; Williams, p, 3-0-1-1; Topping, ss, 5-0-2-2; Lygle, 1b, 5-0-1-0; Larsen, c, 4-1-0-0; Wallner, rf, 1-0-0-0; Knorr, rf, 3-1-2-0; Karlin-Kamin, 2b, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 33-6-9-5.


Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Henning, ss, 4-1-1-1; Perkins, 2b, 5-0-2-0; DeCremer, cf, 5-1-4-1; Meyer, c, 2-0-0-0; Yauucher, rf, 3-1-0-0; Bloom, p, 0-0-0-0; Phillips, p, 4-2-4-4; Davis, 1b, 2-1-1-0; Ausen, lf, 3-0-0-0; Spry, 3b, 2-1-1-0; Geller, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Steed, p, 0-0-0-0; Totals: 30-7-13-6.


Madison East 100 111 20—6


Janesville Craig 041 100 01—7


E—Craig 2. LOB—East 15, Craig 11. SAC—Karlin-Kamin, Davis. SF—Meyer. SB—Henning, DeCremer, Spry. 2B—DeCremer, Phillips, Davis. 3B—Topping. HR—Phillips 2.


IP H R ER BB SO


East


Williams 2 1/3 7 5 5 2 1


Strommen (L) 5 2/3 6 2 2 6 6


Craig


Bloom 1 2/3 3 1 1 4 2


Phillips 4 1/3 4 3 1 2 6


Henning 2/3 0 2 2 2 1


Steed (W) 1 1/3 2 0 0 1 4



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