Milton Raptors top Neosho
“It was a very good win for us,” coach Doug Welch said. “We came in and Neosho was 4-2 and we were 2-4. “It was a big game that we were trying to win and even things up.”
Starter T.J. Klawitter gave the Raptors six solid innings. Joe Shere relieved in the seventh, notching four strikeouts to close the door.
Welch said Klawitter was tabbed to start because Tom Klawitter and Shere were not healthy enough to start.
“T.J. grabbed the ball today and gave us six really good innings,” Welch said. “He pitched great.”
The Raptors were solid on defense. They did not commit an error and turned three double plays to support the Raptors’ pitching.
Neosho had six hits, including a 1-for-4 effort from Janesville Parker graduate and UW-Whitewater’s Matt Beyer. Milton had seven hits off UW-Whitewater’s Jason Hooper.
The Raptors scored all three runs in the fourth inning off Hooper. Shere had a solo homer and Steve Perkins hit a two-out, bases-loaded two-run single.
“They are a good team, and this is a pivotal game for us to win,” Welch said.
The Raptors (3-4) host Johnson Creek at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Schilberg Park.
RAPTORS 3, NEOSHO 1
Milton Junction Raptors 000 300 000—3 7 0
Neosho 010 000 000—1 6 1
T.J. Klawitter, J. Shere (7) and Roque; Hooper and Kaul.
Leading hitters—HR—Joe Shere (M).
SO—T.J. Klawitter (M) 3, Shere (M) 4, Hooper (N) 5. BB—Klawitter 4, Hooper 4.