Clinton rolls into sectional, other scores
After a late-season struggle, Clinton High’s baseball team is back in gear.
The host Cougars continued their WIAA tournament momentum by rolling over Monroe, 9-3, in a Division 2 regional championship game Wednesday to earn their school’s first sectional berth since 2006.
Clinton (19-7), which finished second in the Rock Valley South, plays Madison Edgewood (14-8) at 1 p.m. next Tuesday at Monroe.
The top-seeded Cougars trailed 1-0 after the first inning against Monroe (12-10), then dominated the Cheesemakers with a 10-hit attack and errorless defense to withstand an atypical 10 walks allowed in five innings by ace pitcher Justin Langley.
“Defensively, we played a clean game,” Clinton coach Scott Cernek said. “The walks are a little bit of a concern, but I’ve got a good feeling about my team now.”
The start of a good day for Clinton came with a five-run second inning against a Monroe team that was coming off a regional semifinal win over Rock Valley North champion Edgerton. Colin Brockwell keyed the Cougars’ big inning with a two-run double.
Marcus Moore’s two-run single made it 7-1 in the third, and the Cougars made it 8-1 in the fourth, when Aaron Roth scored on a single by Langley.
Monroe got only three hits off Langley and Roth, but the Cheesemakers had some threats as a result of the walks. They loaded the bases in the first inning and got one run, but they went scoreless in the fifth after again loading the bases.
Moore finished with three hits off Monroe righthander Mitch Marty, who went the distance. James Kollasch of the Cougars had a 2-for-3 day at the plate, including a triple.
CLINTON 9, MONROE 3
Monroe 100 010 1—3 3 2
Clinton 052 110 x—9 10 0
Marty and Burandt; Langley, Rorth (6) and Brandl.
Leading hitters—Nafzger (M) 2x3, Kollasch (Cl) 2x3, Moore (Cl) 3x3. 2B—Brockwell (Cl). 3B—Kollasch (Cl).
SO—Marty (M) 2, Langley (Cl) 7, Roth (Cl) 4. BB—Marty 2, Langley 9, Roth 1.
-- Edgewood 9, Lodi 2—Madison Edgewood broke away from a 4-2 lead in a five-run sixth inning to whip Lodi in a Division 2 regional final.
Cody Parman, Paul Mutch, Kevin Cobb and Chris Anderson each had two of the Crusaders’ nine hits. Mutch had two doubles and drove in three runs.
Edgewood, the 2009 state champion and a state semifinalist last year, plays Clinton at 1 p.m. next Tuesday in a sectional semifinal game at Monroe.
EDGEWOOD 9, LODI 2
Lodi 000 002 0—2 5
Madison Edgewood 013 005 x—9 9
Manke, Deedon (5), Miller (6); Cobb.
Leading hitters—Parman (ME) 2x4, Mutch (ME) 2x4, Cobb (ME) 2x3, Anderson (ME) 2x4. 2B—Hailey (L), Zwettler (ME), Mutch (ME) 2.
SO—Manke (L) 6, Cobb (ME) 4. BB—Manke 4, Deedon 1, Miller (L) 1, Cobb 4.
Parkview High’s championship team helped make it a two-win day for the Rock Valley South in WIAA regional baseball finals by overpowering Wisconsin Heights, 12-7, in a Division 3 game at Orfordville.
The top-seeded Vikings improved to 19-6 and earned their school’s second straight sectional berth. They play Pardeeville, a 14-6 winner over Montello, at 2 p.m. next Tuesday at La Crosse in the Aquinas Sectional.
Parkview overcame a 2-0 deficit after the first inning with a five-run outburst after two were out and nobody on base in the second. Matt Woodstock and Kyle Woodworth sparked the rally with two-run singles as the Vikings went ahead 5-2.
With three-run rallies in the third and fourth, followed by a run in the fifth, Parkview made it 12-4.
Woodworth had four RBIs, and Woodstock had three.
PARKVIEW 12, WISCONSIN HEIGHTS 7
Wisconsin Heights 202 003 0—7 5 6
Orfordville Parkview 053 331 x—12 11 1
Maier, Handel (4) and Doherty; Lavery, Bartelt (6) and Koch.
Leading hitters—Maier (WH) 2x3, Neal (OP) 2x4, Woodstock (OP) 2x2, Woodworth (OP) 2x5, Lewis (OP) 2x3. 2B—Doherty (WH), Neal (OP), Aasen (OP), Woodstock (OP).
SO—Maier (WH) 3, Handel (WH) 1, Lavery (OP) 1, Bartelt (OP) 1. BB—Maier 5, Handel 1, Lavery 5.