Orfordville hands Utica its first loss, other scores
Orfordville put it all together Sunday for its biggest victory of the Home Talent League baseball season.
Joe Lange pitched a three-hitter through seven innings, and Zach Jones cracked a three-run homer in the seventh as the visiting Orioles shocked previously unbeaten Utica, 11-2, in the West Division of the Southeast Section.
The win lifted Orfordville to 3-6, while first-place Utica fell to 7-1 and had its division lead in the loss column cut to two games over McFarland and Stoughton.
Orfordville took the lead over Utica at 3-2 in a two-run second, but Jones’ home run was the clincher. He went
2-for-5 overall and drove in four runs.
Grant Oldenburg, who finished off the Orioles’ four-hit pitching, was 3-for-5 at the plate. Pat Moore also had two of Orfordville’s 14 hits.
Other Southeast action:
-- Stoughton 4, Albion 1—Jake Wenzel stole home in the top of 10th inning for what proved to be the winning run in Stoughton’s bizarre victory at Albion.
After a strikeout, Wenzel started Stoughton’s three-run 10th with an infield single on a ball that hit off the bat handle and rolled down the first-base line. Tanner Klitze then singled, and Jake Brandt walked to load the bases after a wild pitch had advanced both runners.
But the bases weren’t loaded for long. As Albion appealed the call on the fourth ball and the Tigers’ catcher walked toward the mound, while apparently no timeout had been called, Wenzel stole home to give Stoughton (6-3) a 2-1 lead.
Dave Hanson followed with a two-run single that made it 4-1.
Typical of its day, Albion
(4-5) couldn’t score in bottom of the 10th after putting runners on second and third with nobody out. Overall, the Tigers stranded 15 runners, including 12 in scoring position.
Albion’s only run scored on Ben Prather’s sacrifice fly in the seventh. Stoughton forced the 1-1 tie in the eighth.
Mike Nanstad of the Tigers allowed one hit through the first six innings, while facing the minimum number of batters. Justin Lambert took over in the eighth and got the loss, even though his team outhit Stoughton, 10-7.
-- McFarland 6, Evansville 0—McFarland (6-3) collected five singles in a four-run second inning to take control of visiting Evansville.
Mike Benters pitched a five-hitter through seven innings and struck out 11 in getting the victory. Overall, the Jays (3-5) struck out 14 times.
Dan Crans had three of Evansville’s seven hits.
-- Fort Atkinson 7, Jefferson 1—First-place Fort Atkinson (8-1) rode Dan Dean’s four-hit pitching and Chris Koepke’s four-hit day to a decisive victory over visiting Jefferson.
The Generals broke it open with a five-run fourth inning, during which Bobby Bastien drove in two runs and Jacob Soriano and Nate Pfeifer added an RBI apiece.
-- Whitewater 6, Deerfield 2—Dean Backman drove in three runs, and Jason Kollwelter scattered nine hits as the visiting Swingers (3-6) downed Deerfield (2-6).
Backman had a two-run single in a three-run eighth.
-- Cambridge 4, Lake Mills 1—Adam Flores pitched a five-hitter in leading Cambridge (3-5) past host Lake Mills (4-5).