Evansville Jays edge Utica
The Evansville Jays gave the home crowd much to appreciate on Fan Appreciation Day.
Jeremy Rasmussen’s RBI single in the bottom of the eight inning Sunday at Leota Park carried Evansville to 5-4 victory over West Division leader Utica in the Southeast Section of Home Talent League baseball.
Winning pitcher Matt Drefahl’s single with two outs and nobody on base ignited the decisive rally. Ryan Weidel’s third hit of the game sent Drefahl to second base, and Rasmussen followed with the hit that broke a 4-4 tie.
Drefahl, who pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Brent Cashore, got two of his three strikeouts in the top of the ninth to end Utica’s hopes. Cashore and Drefahl combined for a four-hitter in dropping Utica to 9-2 for the season.
Weidel also had an RBI double in Evansville’s four-run second inning, which wiped out Utica’s 2-0 lead. Rasmussen walked, and Craig Paton followed with a ground-rule double that tied the game at 2-2. After Cashore walked, Mike Maves got a two-run single that gave the Jays a 4-2 lead.
Utica scored in the third and fifth to force the 4-4 tie.
Other Southeast action:
-- Albion 8, McFarland 7—Jesse Appel’s two-run single climaxed a three-run ninth inning that lifted the Tigers
(7-5) into a third-place tie with McFarland in the West.
Marty Johnson was hit by a pitch, Aaron Laskowski walked, and Ben Everson was hit by a pitch to load the bases with nobody out in the Albion ninth. After a strikeout, Matt Millar walked to force in a run that pulled the Tigers within
7-6. Appel then connected on the first pitch for the decisive single that was inches away from being a possible game-ending double play.
Casey Schmeling, Aaron Manogue and Lawkowski had RBI hits in a three-run fifth inning for Albion.
-- Orfordville 7, Stoughton 1—Zach Jones had three hits and drove in four runs as the Orioles (4-7) upset host Stoughton (7-4), the West Division’s second-place team.
Joe Lange pitched a three-hitter for the Orioles.
-- Whitewater 13, Deerfield 12—Mike Hommen gave up a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to give Whitewater
(4-8) an East Division win over visiting Deerfield (2-9).
-- Fort Atkinson 3, Jefferson 1—Josh Crandall’s two-run double in a three-run sixth was the difference as defending Southeast Section champion Fort Atkinson pushed its first-place record to 10-1 in the East Division.
-- Lake Mills 9, Cambridge 4—Lake Mills (6-5) overwhelmed Cambridge (3-9) with an eight-run fifth inning, during which Joel Barlow and Rusty Meyers each had two-run singles.