Janesville 13s win district title
Janesville defeated Middleton twice Saturday to win the Babe Ruth League 13-year-old district championship at Middleton High School.
The local team had to defeat the host team twice after losing, 7-5, to Middleton on Friday.
Jake Wyss hit a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to deliver the 4-3 second-game win. Middleton took a
3-1 lead with a three-run second inning, but the local team scored once in the fifth, and took the lead on Wyss' single.
Jarod Hoffarth earned the win, after relieving starter Nick Blomgren in the fifth inning.
Janesville breezed past Middleton, 13-0, in the first game played Saturday. The game was halted after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
Blomgren pitched the first three innings to earn the win. He also had four RBIs, going 3-for-4 with two doubles.
Alex Faust also had two doubles, while Kevin Brandt went 3-for-3 with three RBIs to lead Janesville's 17-hit attack.
Janesville begins state tournament play Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Sauk Prairie.
JANESVILLE 13, MIDDLETON 0
Middleton 000 00—0 4 4
Janesville 533 2x—13 17 1
Balweg, Nixon (3) and Missburg; Blomgren, Hoffarth (4) and Marro.
Leading hitters—Blomgren (J) 3x4, Brandt (J) 3x3, Olson (J) 3x3, Bowen (J) 2x4, Wyss (J) 2x4, Faust (J) 2x2. 2B—Blomgren (J) 2, Brandt (J), Faust (J) 2.
SO—Nixon (M) 3, Blomgren (J) 5, Hoffarth (J) 2. BB—Balweg (M) 1.
JANESVILLE 4, MIDDLETON 3
Janesville 010 010 2—4 8
Middleton 030 000 0—3 6
Blomgren, Hoffarth (5) and Marro; Benson, Schouveld (7) and Juers.
Leading hitters—Olson (J) 2x3, Platts (J) 2x4.
SO—Blomgren (J) 3, Hoffarth (J) 2. BB—Blomgren 3, Hoffarth 1.
The Janesville 15-year-olds were knocked out of the district tournament at Cross Plains on Friday night when they lost to the host team, 13-9.
Katon Eichman, Aric Bobzien, Adam Greene and Andy Haney all hit over .400 for Janesville in the district tournament.
Both the local 15-year-olds, 14-year-olds and 13-year-olds qualified for their respective state tournaments.
Despite two complete-game pitching performances Saturday, Janesville's 10-year-old Little League tournament team was eliminated from the Cal Ripken State Tournament in Dodgeville.
Janesville, behind the pitching of Nick Cramer, beat Bay Port, 13-1, in its first game Saturday.
In the semifinal game, Menomonie eliminated Janesville with a 5-4 win. Janesville finished third overall in the tournament.
Janesville's Nathan Farrell had five hits in two games Saturday, while teammate Noah Berghammer homered against Menomonie.
Sam Garvoille pitched well against Menomonie but suffered the loss.
Menomonie and Middleton will play for the state title today.
Janesville's 9-year-old Little League tournament team won two games Saturday at the Cal Ripken State Tournament in Dodgeville to advance to next week's Ohio Valley Regional in Okolona, Ky.
Janesville defeated Sturgeon Bay, 11-1, and Middleton, 13-1, on Saturday and is now 4-1 in the state tournament. Janesville must beat Pulaski twice today to win the state tournament, but both teams have already qualified for the Ohio Valley Regional.
In five state games, Janesville is batting a robust .521.