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Cards get a share of conference title

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JOHN N. BARRY
May 28, 2010
— Middleton High School’s baseball team had to win Thursday’s game with Janesville Parker to earn a share of the Big Eight Conference title.

Parker’s porous defense made the task much easier for the Cardinals.


The Vikings committed five errors and managed only two hits in an 8-2 loss at Riverside Park.


Middleton finished 15-3 in the Big Eight, and shares the championship with Sun Prairie. The two teams split a doubleheader.


Parker concluded the regular season 6-12 in the Big Eight and 11-14 overall.


“We proved we belonged on the field with them the first four innings, but then we fell apart in the fifth,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “A couple of physical errors, compounded by some mental mistakes, took us right out of the game.


“It’s disappointing to be making mental errors the last game of the regular season. Hopefully, we can put that behind us going into Tuesday’s game.”


Second-ranked Middleton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but the Vikings tied the game on Taran Kobs’ suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the inning.


The Cardinals pushed the lead to 4-1 in the fourth, but the Vikings answered with a run as Matt Fiedler raced home on a throwing error.


“I didn’t think Andy (Kersten) pitched that badly, but Middleton put the ball in play with a lot of two-strike hits,” Martin said. “And that’s what good teams do.


“The key now for both Kersten and the whole team, is to forget about today and get ready for Beloit on Tuesday,” Martin said of the WIAA regional opener.


MIDDLETON 8, PARKER 2

Middleton (ab-r-h-rbi)—Meeteer, cf, 3-3-3-1; Gaab, ph, 1-0-0-0; Gowan, ss, 3-0-0-0; Arnold, ph, 1-0-0-0; Adler, dh, 4-0-3-1; Larson, p, 0-0-0-0; Peternell, 3b, 4-0-0-0; Drunansky, 1b, 4-1-1-0; Lochner, 2b, 3-0-3-1; Gleiter, cr-rf, 2-1-1-0; Zimmerman, rf, 2-0-1-1; Chardon, c, 4-1-1-1; Graf, lf, 2-1-1-0; Glassburn, cr-2b, 1-1-0-0; Acker, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 34-8-14-5.


Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Teubert, ss, 3-0-0-0; Moe, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Welch, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Franklin, 1-0-1-0; Johnson, 1b, 3-1-0-0; Fiedler, rf, 2-1-0-0; Garcia, dh, 3-0-1-0; Kersten, p, 0-0-0-0; Ta. Kobs, 2-0-0-1; Tr. Kobs, cf, 2-0-0-0; Polzin, c, 2-0-0-0; Henke, ph, 1-0-0-0; Marshall, pr, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 24-2-2-1.


Middleton 011 240 0—8


Janesville Parker 010 100 0—2


E—Middleton 4, Parker 5. LOB—Middleton 3, Parker 9. DP—Middleton 1. SAC—Graf. SF—Zimmerman, Ta Kobs. SB—Meeteer, Adler, Lochner, Teubert.


Middleton IP H R ER BB SO


Larsen (W) 4 1 2 0 2 6


Acker 3 1 0 0 3 2


Janesville Parker


Kersten (L) 4 11 6 4 2 6


Garcia 3 3 2 1 0 2



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