Albion dominates regular-season finale
The Albion Tigers wasted no time fine-tuning themselves for the Southeast Section playoffs in Home Talent League baseball.
Ace pitcher Mike Nanstad allowed only one hit through five innings, and the Tigers collected 12 hits overall as they completed the regular season with 11-1 rout of visiting McFarland in a game that lasted only seven innings.
Albion finished 12-4 for second place in the West Division. The Tigers play at East Division champion Fort Atkinson, also 12-4, in next Sunday's first round of the postseason.
West Division champion Stoughton (15-1) hosts East Division runner-up Jefferson (8-8) in the other semifinal game. The winner plays Fort Atkinson or Albion for the sectional championship on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Aaron Laskowski had a 3-for-5 game in sparking Albion and finished the 16-game schedule with .476 batting average that may lead the entire Home Talent League. The Tigers also got a big day from Adam Gregory, who went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs.
Gregory had a two-run double in Albion's four-run first inning. Kyle Johnson had a sacrifice fly, and Casey Schmeling added an RBI single as the Tigers built a 4-0 lead.
Jesse Appel made it 6-0 with a two-run double in the second. Trevor Kinnett, a .468 hitter, had an RBI single, and Gregory drove in two more runs in a five-run third.
Nanstad, who was injured much of the season, got nine strikeouts as he worked five innings in what was his first start of the year. McFarland's only run off him, which came in the third, was unearned.
-- Orfordville 4, Evansville 3óJoe Cox singled and scored on an infield error in the top of the ninth to give visiting Orioles a victory that completed their Sunday League season at 11-5 in the West Division.
Evansville (5-11) had tied it at 3-3 in a three-run eighth, during which the Jays scored on Casey Moseley's single and two Orfordville errors.
The Orioles got two unearned runs in the seventh and made it 3-0 on Pat Moore's RBI single in the top of the eighth.
Cox had two of Orfordville's seven hits. Craig Paton and Eric Seeman each had two of Evansville's six hits of Brent Cashore, who struck out 10 in pitching a complete game.