Janesville Legion wins again
Two big innings and the starting pitching of Brady Brandt kept Janesville undefeated in the American Legion Class AAA Region 7 tournament Thursday night at Riverside Park.
Janesville scored five runs in the seventh and four in the eight to defeat the Kenosha Merchants, 9-8.
Janesville plays Beloit at 7:45 p.m. today in a winner's bracket game at Riverside.
Kenosha plays Monroe at 5 p.m. with the loser being eliminated. The loser of the Janesville-Beloit matchup plays the Monroe-Kenosha winner at 11 a.m. Saturday in an elimination game.
Tyler Teubert, Taron Kobs and Kyle Johnson each had three hits to spark Janesville's 12-hit attack Thursday.
Teubert and Kobs each had two stolen bases and Johnson had one.
"We got guys running and moved their defense around," Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. "We put a lot of pressure on them."
Kenosha committed five errors, which helped spark the Janesville offense.
Brandt pitched the first 6 2/3 innings, striking out 2.
"Brady did a great job," said Schenck. "He kept us in the game when we weren't scoring runs."
Janesville went 1-2 against Beloit in the regular season. Beloit was ranked No. 1 among Class AAA teams at the end of the regular season.
JANESVILLE 9, KENOSHA 8
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Teubert, ss-p, 5-2-3-0; Ta. Kobs, lf-cf, 6-2-3-0; Meyer, c, 4-2-1-1; Johnson, 1b-lf, 5-2-3-2; Moe, 3b, 5-0-1-0; Welch, dh, 3-0-1-1; Brandt, p, 0-0-0-0; Hoskins, ss, 0-0-0-0; Fiedler, rf, 4-0-0-0; Quinn, 2b, 5-0-0-0; Tr. Kobs, cf-p, 5-1-0-0. Totals: 42-9-12-4.
Kenosha (ab-r-h-rbi)—Stevens, ss, 4-2-2-1; Eschbach, lf, 6-1-0-1; Furtney, 1b, 5-2-2-2; Reichwein, p, 5-0-3-2; Salmons, p, 0-0-0-0; Pillizzi, p, 0-0-0-0; Swift, 3b, 4-0-2-0; Kohler, c, 4-0-0-0; Jones, 2b, 4-1-0-2; Ziegler, rf, 4-1-3-0; Bernhardt, cf, 5-1-1-0. Totals: 41-8-13-8.
Janesville 000 000 540—9
Kenosha 000 100 241—8
E—Janesville 2, Kenosha 5. LOB—Janesville 11, Kenosha 12. DP—Janesville 1. 2B—Swift. HR—Furtney. SB—Teubert 2, Ta. Kobs 2, Johnson.
-- Milton 6, Sauk Prairie 2—Andy McCann has been having arm problems the past few weeks, but he was feeling fine Thursday.
McCann pitched a four-hitter, striking out 12 while walking none, to lead Milton past Sauk Prairie in a American Legion AA regional opening win.
Milton (10-10) plays the winner of Thursday night's Stoughton-Cottage Grove contest at 7:45 tonight at Union Grove.
The game was tied at 2-all when Milton scored four runs in the sixth inning. Andy Haney's two-run single was the key hit in the inning.
MILTON 6, SAUK PRAIRIE 2
Sauk Prairie 000 110 0—2 4 1
Milton 001 104 x—6 4 0
Seiler and Sixbach; McCann and Haney.
Leading hitters—Seiler (SP) 3x3. 2B—Seiler (SP), Sixbach (SP), Brayshaw (M).
SO—Seiler (SP) 8, McCann (M) 12. BB—Seiler 6.
Janesville Legion Class AAA Region 7 Regional RESULTS WEDNESDAY
Beloit 18, Racine Mudcats 4 (Pohlman Field)
Kenosha Post 21 Merchants 13 vs. Monroe Post 84 3 (Riverside)
Janesville Post 205 9, Genoa City Post 183 0 (Riverside)
Beloit 8, Genoa City 5 (Genoa City eliminated)
Monroe 6, Racine 0 (Racine eliminated)
Janesville 9, Kenosha Merchants 8
5 p.m.—Kenosha Merchants vs. Monroe
7:45 p.m.—Janesville vs. Beloit
11 a.m.—Janesville/Beloit loser vs. Kenosha/Monroe winner
1:45 p.m.—Janesville/Beloit winner vs. 11 a.m. game winner
-- Winner advances to state tournament in Beloit. If Beloit wins regional, second-place team also advances to state