Babe Ruth 14s close in on title
Janesville is one victory away from winning the Babe Ruth 14-year-old state tournament baseball championship after defeating Eau Claire, 2-1, Friday in Green Bay.
Janesville must win one of two games today to advance to the Ohio Valley Regional next Saturday in Robinson, Ill.
Janesville’s Connor Bowen’s two-out RBI double in the sixth inning scored Brennan Olin with the winning run. Janesville survived an Eau Claire threat in the seventh inning. Eau Claire had the game-tying run on second base with one out, but Bowen came on in relief to get the final two outs on a ground ball and a popup.
“Eau Claire is a top-level team,” Janesville coach Ron Kobs said. “They play solid defense, and they put the bat on the ball, but our pitching came through as it’s come through all week.”
Olin laced a single in the second inning to score Alex Faust to give Janesville a 1-0 lead. Olin and Faust accounted for four of Janesville’s six hits.
JANESVILLE 14s, 2, EAU CLAIRE 1
Eau Claire 000 010 0—1 4 0
Janesville 14s 010 001 x—2 6 2
Everhardt and Hunt; Faust, Brandt (6), Bowen (7) and Marro, Blomgren (7).
Leading hitters—Everhardt (E) 2x3, Faust (J) 2x3, Olin (J) 2x3. 2B—Bowen (J).
SO—Everhardt 1. BB—Everhardt 1, Faust 1, Brandt 2, Bowen 1.
Janesville committed seven errors en route to an 11-8 loss to host Eau Claire in the Babe Ruth 13-year-old state baseball tournament.
Eau Claire scored five runs in the second inning and a two in the third to take a 7-3 lead.
Janesville rallied for five runs in the seventh for the final result.
“Seven errors and four hit-by-pitch were too much to overcome,” Janesville coach Tom Davey said. “They made two sacrifice bunts, and we didn’t get an out on either. You can’t keep giving away outs and expect to win.’’
Erik Woelfle went 3-for-3 and drove in all three of Janesville’s runs. Janesville was held to five hits.
Janesville plays Green Bay at noon today in the loser’s bracket. A victory would pit Janesville against Eau Claire at 3 p.m.
EAU CLAIRE 11, JANESVILLE 8
Janesville 13s 201 000 5—8 5 7
Eau Claire 052 013 x—11 8 1
Nyborg, Van Zandt (5) and Tass, perkins (6); Appleby, Dickerson (7), Traaseth (7) and Ross,
Leading hitters—Woelfle, (J) 3x3; Prissel (E) 2x4, Traaseth (E) 2x4, Appleby (E) 2x4. 2B—Woelfle (J), Traaseth (E).
SO—Nyborg 2, CVAs Z 3, Appleby 1. BB—Nyborg 2, Appleby 4, Dickerson 3.
Janesville had little trouble winning its Ohio Valley Regional opener in the 11-year-old Cal Ripken tournament at Galesburg, Ill., on Friday.
Sam Garvoille went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer to lead Janesville to a 14-0 victory over Homewood, Ill. Janesville had 12 hits in the six-inning game.
Nate Farrell also went 2-for-2.
Noah Berghammer pitched the first three innings, and Jacob Pfeifer finished.
Janesville plays Harris Township (Ind.) at 9 a.m. today in the pool play section of the tournament.
JANESVILLE 14, HOMEWOOD 0
Janesville 404 006—14 12 0
Homewood 000 000—0 5 5
Janesville battery: Berghammer, Pfeifer (4) and Klukas.
Leading hitters—Sam Garvoille (J) 3x4, Nate Farell (J) 2x2. HR—Garvoille (J).
SO—Berghammer 4, Pfeifer 2. BB—Berghammer 1.
Janesville hammered Vincennes (Ind.) 10-0 in four innings Friday in the 9-year-old Cal Ripken Ohio Valley Regional in St. John, Ind.
Janesville scored eight runs in the third inning on five hits and two passed balls. Conor Clark and Jared Emerson hit back-to-back doubles to drive in a combined three runs to highlight the inning. Clark was named player of the game.
Vincennes hit back-to-back singles to open the first inning, but Janesville catcher Mitchell Woelfle picked both runners off first.
Clark, Emerson, Tressin Kussmaul and Ben Burdette had two hits apiece for Janesville.
Janesville plays Crown Point, Ind., at 8 p.m. today.
JANESVILLE 10, VINCENNES 0
Janesville 208 0—10 9 0
Vincennes, Ind. 000 0—0 4 0
Clark, Emerson (4) and Woelfle (3), Madsen (4).
Leading hitters—Clark (J) 2x2, Emerson (J) 2x2, Kussmaul (J) 2x2, Burdette (J) 2x2. 2B—Clark (J), Emerson (J).
SO—Clark 5, Emerson 2.