Orfordville defeats Deerfield for first win
Alex Pratt, Grant Oldenburg and Joe Cox had the Orfordville Orioles flying high Sunday in Home Talent League baseball.
The three combined on five-hit pitching as the visiting Orioles (1-3) downed Deerfield, 7-4, for their first victory of the season in the Southeast Section.
Orfordville grabbed the lead for a good in a three-run first inning that featured Tyler Martin's double, which drove in Joe Cox and Zach Jones, who had singled. Martin scored on Jeff Adas' double.
The Orioles stretched it to 5-2 in the fourth on RBI singles by Oldenburg and Nate Riley. Martin and B.J. Cook had RBI singles in a two-run ninth that gave the Orioles their final margin.
Cox, Cook and Martin each had three hits to lead Orfordville's 10-hit attack.
Other Southeast action:
-- Albion 4, Lake Mills 2—Mike Nanstad and Justin Lambert combined for 15 strikeouts in leading the Tigers (2-2) to victory at Lake Mills.
Nanstad pitched six innings to get his first win of the season. He allowed two runs on three hits, and Lambert closed it out with three scoreless innings.
Lake Mills (2-2) took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Albion forced a 1-1 tie on Jesse Appel's sacrifice fly in the third. The Tigers took the lead in the fourth when Aaron Manogue squeezed home Josh Eastman, who added an RBI groundout in the fifth.
-- Jefferson 9, Evansville 8—Jefferson (1-3) rode a seven-run fifth inning to a come-from-behind win over visiting Evansville (2-2).
Brent Cashore hit a three-run homer to give Evansville a 3-1 lead in the third. The Jays went up 6-1 in the top fifth.
Bowe Bushey had two hits, including a double, in Jefferson's big fifth. Chris Folbrecht and Randy Barnes each contributed two-run singles.
After trailing 9-8, Evansville had runners on second and third with one out in the eighth but couldn't score.
Jeremy Rasmussen went 3-for-4 to lead Evansville's 14-hit attack. Mike Maves, Jon Frey and Chad Rasmussen each had two hits for the Jays.
-- McFarland 3, Fort Atkinson 2—McFarland (3-1) stayed a game behind Utica
(4-0) in the West Division by handing Fort Atkinson's defending Southeast Section champions their first loss.
Despite the defeat, the Generals (3-1) retained the undisputed East Division lead.
Ed Feldner's RBI double in the sixth gave McFarland a 2-1 lead over Fort. The Generals scored in the ninth but couldn't tie it.
-- Utica 7, Whitewater 1—Utah (4-0) stayed atop the West Division by hitting host Whitewater with a seven-run ninth inning.
Doug Vike's home run tied the game, and Matt Ellingson's double gave Utica the lead.
-- Stoughton 9, Cambridge 2—Stoughton (2-2) used a five-run second inning for a 5-0 lead in keeping Cambridge (2-2) from tying Fort Atkinson for the East Division lead.
Dave Hanson and Eric Engler each had two RBIs for the victorious Merchants.