Orfordville Orioles rebound with key victory, other scores
Orfordville bounced back from a Saturday heartbreaker with a key victory Monday in the Southeast Section of Home Talent League baseball.
B.J. Cook put Orfordville in control with a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Orioles celebrated the Fourth of July with a 8-2 triumph at McFarland.
After losing 7-5 to Albion on a three-run homer in the ninth inning on Saturday, the Orioles improved to 7-4 in the West Division. McFarland dropped to 5-6 with its second loss in two days.
Cook’s home run gave Orfordville at 6-0 lead over McFarland. Ty Martin also had two key RBIs for the Orioles, whose 10-hit attack was led by two apiece from Martin, Cook and Brandon Smith.
Brent Cashore allowed six hits and struck out seven in eight innings to get the victory.
-- Utica 3, Evansville 0—Utica bounced back from Saturday’s critical 6-5 loss to unbeaten Stoughton by blanking Evansville on Matt Ellingson’s five-hit pitching in a Monday night game at Leota Park.
Utica, which tied Albion for second place at 7-3 in the West Division, scored twice in the fifth and once in the sixth. The first run came on a hit batsman with the bases loaded. Kyle Bates also had an RBI single, and Curtis Holverson added an RBI triple.
Ryan Nyhagen had a fourth-inning triple for Utica, but he was thrown out at the plate in going for a home run.
Mike Maves had two of Evansville’s hits. Matt Drefahl pitched a six-hitter through six innings for Evansville, and John Duerst of the Jays allowed no hits through the final three innings as Evansville fell to 5-6 in the West.
--Stoughton 6, McFarland 4—Dave Hanson’s three-run homer in the sixth inning on Sunday carried Stoughton to an 11-0 record in the West Division.
-- Fort Atkinson 11, Whitewater 1—Brandon Duester’s two-run triple put the finishing touches on Fort Atkinson’s eight-inning victory over the Swingers on Sunday.
The Generals improved to 8-3 in the East Division and gained a two-game lead over second-place Jefferson (6-5).
-- Deerfield 7, Lake Mills 4—Jeff Woodstock had three hits, and Ben Kojo had two doubles and two RBIs on Sunday to lead Deerfield (3-8) past Lake Mills (1-9) in the East Division.