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Janesville Cougars see errors of their ways, Parker wins

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JOHN N. BARRY
April 8, 2011
— Some games you just want to forget.

The best thing to do is burn the videotape and move on.


That was the case for Janesville Craig’s baseball team here Thursday.


The Cougars had all kinds of trouble getting a handle on the ball, committing 11 errors in a 16-4 Big Eight Conference loss to Sun Prairie in a game that was called after six innings due to the 10-run rule.


Trailing 6-2 in the second, Craig High (2-2, 0-2) got within two on Jameson Henning’s two-run homer—his fourth in four games—but miscues in the field spoiled any hopes of upsetting the pre-season conference favorite Cardinals.


“Our defense was absolutely awful,” Craig coach Vic Herbst said. “I don’t care who you’re playing, you’re not going to win any games playing defense like we did today.


“I thought Brandon (Hughes) really battled out there on the mound today and didn’t deserve what he got.”


Sun Prairie (3-0, 2-0) led 7-4 in the fourth before breaking the game open with five runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth. The Cardinals batted around the order in the fifth, sending 11 batters to the plate and taking advantage of two more Cougar errors.


Hughes, a sophomore right-hander, allowed seven runs but only one was earned. The Cougar defense committed eight errors behind him, including three in both the second and fourth innings.


“We can compete with anybody in our league talent-wise, but not if we kick the ball around like we did today,” Herbst said. “In a big game like this, you have to give yourself a shot, and we didn’t do that today.


“But we still have a lot of season left. We’ll right the ship.”


Sun Prairie scored three times in the top of the first, but the Cougars got two back on an RBI double by Tom Yaucher and an RBI single by Cameron Wright.


SUN PRAIRIE 16, CRAIG 4 (6)

Sun Prairie (16)—Harmon, cf, 5-2-1-2; Lund, 2b, 5-3-2-2; Fairchild, c, 4-2-1-1; Abbott, 1b, 4-1-3-2; Roscoe, pr-p, 0-1-0-0; Patterson, 3b, 5-2-1-2; Curran, rf, 5-0-1-0; Mather, rf, 0-0-0-0; Hoffmann, p, 3-0-1-0; Schustor, dh, 4-2-2-0; Butler, ss, 0-0-0-0; Schmidt, lf, 2-2-0-0; Meyer, cr-ph, 0-1-0-0. Totals: 37-16-12-9.


Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Henning, ss, 2-2-1-2; Perkins, lf, 3-0-0-0-; Yaucher, rf, 3-1-2-1; Phillips, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Wright, cf, 3-0-1-1; Meyer, c, 3-0-0-0; Hoskins, 3b, 1-0-1-0; Stearns, 3b, 0-0-0-0; Quinn, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Hughes, p, 1-0-0-0; Johnson, cr, 0-1-0-0; Iverson, p, 1-0-0-0; Bloom, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 22-4-5-4.


Sun Prairie 330 154—16


Janesville Craig 220 000—4


E—Sun Prairie 2, Craig 11. LOB—Sun Prairie 10, Craig 2. DP—Sun Prairie 2. SAC—Schmidt. SF—Fairchild. SB—Lund 2, Fairchild, Patterson. 2B—Harmon, Patterson, Yaucher. HR—Henning.


IP H R ER BB SO


Sun Prairie


Hoffman (W) 5 4 4 2 2 3


Roscoe 1 1 0 0 0 2


Craig


Hughes (L) 4 5 7 1 0 3


Johns 2/3 4 5 4 1 0


Iverson 2/3 1 2 2 2 1


Bloom 2/3 2 2 2 2 0


-- Parker 7, Beloit 3—The Vikings took advantage of timely hitting and a solid start from pitcher Kyle Johnson en route to the Big Eight win.


Jake Welch had two doubles for Parker, which improved to 1-1 overall and in the Big Eight.


“We looked much better at the plate today than we did against Middleton,” Parker coach Brian Martin said. “We still struck out 10 times and that’s something we have to cut down on, but we had much better swings today.


“Kyle was very effective for us today. He made good pitches when he had to, and the defense behind him was solid.”


With the game tied 1-1 in the fourth, Parker took the lead for good on an RBI double by Brady Brandt and a wild pitch.


The Vikings added three insurance runs in the seventh. Jeff Henke and Vernon Franklin had RBI singles to start the rally, while Trent Kobs came on in the bottom of the seventh to shut down Beloit. The right-hander retired the side in order, striking out two of three batters.


Parker plays Pulaski in a nonconference doubleheader at noon Saturday at Riverside.


PARKER 7, BELOIT 3

Parker (ab-r-h-rbi)—Ta. Kobs, lf, 2-1-0-0; Johnson, p-1b, 2-0-1-0; Thompson, cr, 0-0-0-0; Welch, c, 4-1-2-1; Tr. Kobs, cf-p, 4-2-2-1; Long, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Henke, 1b, 3-1-1-1; Heyerdahl, rf, 0-0-0-0; Brooks, cr-pr, 0-1-0-0; Brandt, 3b, 3-1-1-1; Franklin, rf-cf, 3-0-1-1; Marshall, ss, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 26-7-8-5.


Beloit (ab-r-h-rbi)—Brunton, cf, 3-0-1-0; Hamilton, ss-p, 4-0-1-1; Breider, c, 3-1-1-0; Roegner, p-1b, 2-1-1-0; Gamble, rf, 4-0-1-0; Rath, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Metz, ph, 1-0-0-1; Cox, 2b, 4-0-1-1; Oldenberg, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Ziebert, lf, 3-1-2-0. Totals: 32-3-9-3.


Janesville Parker 100 201 3—7


Beloit Memorial 001 020 0—3


E—Parker 1, Beloit 3. LOB—Parker 8, Beloit 11. SAC—Johnson, Brandt. SB—Tr. Kobs 2, Brooks, Brandt, Breider. 2B—Johnson, Welch 2, Brandt.


IP H R ER BB SO


Parker


Johnson (W) 6 9 3 2 3 6


Tr. Kobs 1 0 0 0 0 2


Beloit


Roegner (L) 6 4 4 1 4 10


Hamilton 1 4 3 3 1 0



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