Albion wins, improves chances for playoff bid, other scores
The Albion Tigers’ quest to cement a Home Talent League baseball playoff berth took another step forward Sunday with a 9-3 victory over visiting Utica.
With its second win over Utica in as many days, the second-place Tigers improved to 10-3 in the West Division of the Southeast Section with three games remaining. Utica fell to 7-6.
The Tigers face Jefferson, McFarland and league-leading Stoughton to conclude the regular season. Albion swept the season series with third-place Orfordville and holds the tie-breaker.
Albion rolled to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Josh Eastman ripped an RBI triple and Jesse Appel and Trevor Kinnett each followed with RBI doubles. Ethan Vaade hit a two-out RBI single to conclude the first-inning rally.
Tigers starter Matt Buhrow (7-1) allowed six hits and three runs—two unearned—to earn the victory. Albion pounded out 15 hits.
-- Orfordville 4, McFarland 1—Joe Lange went the distance and held McFarland to four hits to keep the Orioles in playoff contention.
Orfordville (9-4) scored twice in the fourth inning on three consecutive two-out hits. Ryan Schmitz and Pat Moore singled and Ty Martin added a double to provide the Orioles with all the runs they would need.
-- Stoughton 9, Evansville 4—After losing its first game in extra innings to Orfordville last week, league-leading Stoughton returned to its winning ways.
Stoughton broke a 4-4 tie, scoring four runs in the bottom of the seventh for an 8-4 lead. Jake Wenzel delivered a three-run double for the big blow of the inning.
The victory lifts Stoughton to 12-1. Evansville falls to 5-8.
-- Lake Mills 6, Whitewater 2—Lake Mills pounded Whitewater with 12 hits en route to the victory.
Lake Mills scored four runs on six hits in the second inning to seal the victory.
-- Cambridge 8, Fort Atkinson 6—Cambridge scored all eight of its runs in the seventh inning for the victory.
Fort lost a 2-0 lead, allowing eight runs on three hits, three errors and six walks.
-- Jefferson 6, Deerfield 5—Randy Barnes hit a three-run homer in the first inning and finished with four RBIs to pace Jefferson to the victory.