Janesville's 14s, 13s head to state
Logan Coulter drove in three runs Saturday to lead the Janesville Babe Ruth 14-year-olds to a 6-4 victory over Middleton in the district championship game in Reedsburg.
Janesville advances to the state 14-year-old tournament opener at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Green Bay.
Coulter hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to give Janesville a 5-1 lead, plus an RBI double in the seventh to put Janesville ahead, 6-2.
Nick Blomgren and Dominick Gruenwald each hit RBI singles in the first inning to give visiting Janesville a 2-0 lead. Kevin Brandt laced an RBI single in the second to give Janesville a 3-0 lead.
Janesville starting pitcher Jarrod Hoffarth notched six strikeouts. Middleton managed seven hits off Hoffarth and relievers Coulter and Blomgren.
JANESVILLE 6, MIDDLETON 4
Janesville 210 020 1—6 13 2
Middleton 001 010 2—4 7 1
Hoffarth, Coulter (6), Blomgren (7) and Marro.
Leading hitters—Bowen (J) 2x5, Coulter (J) 4x5, Brandt (J) 2x5, Gruenwald (J) 2x3, Hoffarth (J) 2x4. 2B—Coulter (J) 2, Hoffarth (J) 2. 3B—Brandt (J).
SO—Hoffarth 6, Coulter 1. Blomgren 2. BB—Coulter 2, Blomgren 1.
Janesville’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team pounded out 12 hits en route to a 12-1 five-inning victory over Sauk City in the district championship game.
Janesville advances to Eau Claire for the state tournament opener at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Sam Iverson and Connor Perkins had two RBIs each. Zach Bailey went 3-for-3 to pace Janesville’s offense.
Janesville starter Hunter Van Zant allowed four hits, notched four strikeouts and walked none. Bailey added a pair of strikeouts in relief.
JANESVILLE 12, SAUK CITY 1
Janesville 404 31—12 12 2
Sauk City 100 00—1 4 0
Van Zant, Bailey (5) and Pass; Kostrosk and Spray.
Leading hitters—Nyborg (J) 2x4, Bailey (J) 3x3, Osmond (J) 2x2, Sam Iverson (J) 2x3. 2B—Nyborg (J) 2, Bailey (J), Potter (J), Iverson (J).
SO—Van Zant 4, Bailey 2. BB—Kostrosk 4.
Janesville jumped to a 6-0 lead over Middleton in the championship game of the Cal Ripken 10-year-old state tournament in Darlington but lost 8-6.
Visiting Janesville scored six runs on five hits in the first inning. Sam Nemetz hit a two-run triple, and J.J. Brennan added a two-run single to highlight the rally.
Middleton bounced back with four runs in the bottom of the inning, cutting the deficit to 6-4. Middleton tied it with two runs in the third and scored twice in the fifth inning to seal a trip the Ohio Valley regional opener in Lexington, Ky., on Wednesday.
Janesville defeated Stevens Point, 13-1, in four innings to advance to the title game.
JANESVILLE 13, STEVENS POINT 1
Stevens Point 000 1—1 3 5
Janesville 274 x—13 10 0
Bailey, Blomgren (4) and Campbell.
Leading hitters—Bailey (J) 2x2, Campbell (J) 2x2. 2B—Bailey (J).
SO—Bailey 4. BB—Bailey 3, Blomgren 2
MIDDLETON 8, JANESVILLE 6
Janesville 600 000—6 9 2
Middleton 402 02x—8 11 1
B. Coulter, Bailey (5) and Campbell; Lamson, Schultz (4) and Hellebrand.
Leading hitters—Campbell (J) 2x3, Arreazola (J) 2x2, Schultz (M) 2x4, Michaels (M) 2x3, Ballweg (M) 3x3. 2B—Bailey (J), Schultz (M). 3B—Nemetz.
SO—B. Coulter 1, Bailey 4, Lamson 2, Schultz 2. BB—Coulter 3.
Janesville defeated Green Bay, 5-3, for the Cal Ripken 9-year-old state tournament championship at Dodgeville.
Janesville opens the Ohio Valley Regional in St. John, Ind., at 2 p.m. Friday.
The 9-year-olds scored three runs on four hits in the third inning to seal the victory.
Teegan Christiansen had two hits including a double. Jared Emerson had two hits and an RBI, and Tressin Kussmaul and Charlie Dunlavy had two hits apiece.
Janesville starting pitcher Mitchell Woelsle allowed two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings. He notched three strikeouts and walked pair. Reliever Jared Emerson allowed two hits and one run in 2 1/3 innings. Emerson notched four strikeouts and closer Connor Clark notched a strikeout to end the game.
In the semifinal, Janesville pounded Neenah, 12-1, in four innings.
Woelsle had two hits and two RBIs, Kussmaul hit a two-run homer, Clark went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs and Emerson had two hits and three RBIs for Janesville.
Clark allowed one hit and notched eight strikeouts.