Evansville makes most of chances
Two runs off a fielder’s choice provided a big payoff Sunday for Evansville in Home Talent League baseball.
The Jays turned those runs into a 3-2 victory over the Albion Tigers in a Southeast Section matchup of West Division teams at Evansville High School.
Albion stranded 14 base-runners in losing to the Jays for only the second time in 11 meetings since Evansville rejoined the league. The Jays overcame a 2-1 deficit to go 2-1 for the season and drop Albion to 1-2.
Craig Paton’s leadoff single started Evansville’s decisive eighth inning. Brent Cashore followed with a hit-and-run single that sent Paton to third. Cashore moved up to second on a throw to third, and Mike Maves walked to load the bases with nobody out.
Jon Frey followed with a fielder’s-choice ground ball to the shortstop. That forced Maves at second and allowed Paton to tie the game at 2-2. Cashore then scored what proved to be the winning run when the Tigers threw from shortstop to second base, first base and home.
Albion had two base-runners in the top of the ninth but couldn’t produce the tying run off Matt Drefahl, who pitched a complete-game six-hitter for Evansville.
After the Jays scored an unearned run in the first inning, Albion tied it in the sixth on Aaron Manogue’s RBI single. The Tigers took their 2-1 lead in the top of the eighth when Manogue reached on an error, stole second and scored on Aaron Laskowski’s single.
Albion starter Mike Nanstad had nine strikeouts in six innings of a no-decision. Justin Lambert finished for the Tigers. Evansville had just six hits—all singles.
Evansville’s Jeremy Rasmussen was 2-for-4.
Other Southeast action:
-- McFarland 6, Orfordville 2—The host Orioles (0-3) saw a 2-0 lead after the first inning disappear as they suffered their third straight loss in the West Division.
Orfordville knocked McFarland starting pitcher Kyle Bender out of the game before he retired a batter. Ross Gilbertson then got two strikeouts and a pop-up to end the first inning, and he gained the victory by pitching all nine innings and striking out 10.
McFarland (2-1) grabbed a 4-2 lead by getting three unearned runs off Orfordville starter Alex Pratt with two-run third and fourth innings.
Nick Bergeman went 3-for-5, and Ed Feldner was 3-for-4 to lead McFarland’s 11-hit attack. The Orioles were held to six hits and committed five errors.
-- Fort Atkinson 16, Deerfield 3—Fort Atkinson’s defending Southeast champions went to 3-0 in the East Division by routing Deerfield
Brian Wallace drove in three runs to lead the Generals.
-- Cambridge 7, Whitewater 4—Travis Galston had four hits, and P.J. Stallings drove in two runs to lead Cambridge (2-1) past the Swingers (1-2).
-- Lake Mills 11, Jefferson 5—Lake Mills (2-1) built a 5-0 lead in five-run second inning to hand Jefferson its third loss.
Kyle Butzine and Connor Oestreich each drove in two runs for Lake Mills.