Dodgeville edges Albion in 10 innings
Gary James’ sacrifice fly drove in Karl Reynolds with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th after each team scored in the ninth Sunday.
Reynolds hit a one-out single, stole second and moved to third on a single by Ty Marklein before scoring the winning run.
Albion starting pitcher Josh Eastman went the distance, while Dodgeville’s Danny Sullivan pitched into the ninth before being relieved by Kyle Nelson, who notched the victory.
Eastman scattered seven hits and struck out five, while Sullivan had 10 strikeouts.
“We didn’t have Matt Buhrow and Mike Nanstad available today,” Albion manager Ben Towns said of the Tigers’ other pitchers, “but Josh Eastman gave us everything he had—and then some. He challenged a very good lineup and was just fantastic. He deserved a better fate.”
Sullivan played a key role in keeping the Tigers from winning.
“That was 100 percent credit to Danny Sullivan,” Towns said. “I guess I’d stop short calling him the best pitcher we’ve ever seen in the Home Talent League, but he threw as hard anyone we’ve seen in the last two years.
“He challenged our 2-3-4 hitters several times and won every time. That’s what good strikeout pitchers do.”
Albion struck first, however, in the ninth inning of a scoreless game. Kyle Johnson got a leadoff single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Ethan Vaade. With one out, Nelson walked three straight Albion batters—Ben Everson, Ryan Stace, and Casey Schmeling. The walk to Schmeling scored Johnson. Dodgeville then got out of the inning with a double play.
In the bottom of the ninth, Marklein led off with a walk for Dodgeville, and James singled. Eastman then made a diving catch of a popup bunt by Sullivan and threw to second to double off Marklein.
With two outs and a runner at first, Travis Elvert hit a single. A wild pitch put runners at second and third. After an intentional walk, Eastman walked Tanner Solberg to push across the tying run.
James went 3-for-4 to lead Dodgeville batters, while Aaron Laskowski was 2-for-4 for Albion. There were no extra-base hits.
“We couldn’t get the timely hit today,” Towns said, “but we played well, and they still beat us. That’s a credit to them.
“It’s hard to swallow,” he said. “But we’re definitely not done in the Final Four.”
Albion hosts Cross Plains next Sunday in the round-robin series, then plays at DeForest the following week.
DeForest defeated Cross Plains, 6-1, in Sunday’s first round and plays at Dodgeville next Sunday.
DODGEVILLE 2, ALBION 1 (10)
Albion 000 000 001 0—1 5 1
Dodgeville 000 000 001 1—2 7 1
Josh Eastman, and Marty Johnson; Danny Sullivan, Kyle Nelson (9), and Ayers.
Leading hitters—Aaron Laskowski (A) 2x4, Gary James (D) 3-x4.
SO—Josh Eastman 5, Sullivan 10. BB—Eastman 3, Sullivan 3, Nelson 3.