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Albion’s strategy doesn’t pay off, other scores

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Gazette staff
June 6, 2011

It might have looked like something close to a duplicate of the Milwaukee Brewersí bottom of the ninthóexcept it didnít work out for the Albion Tigers.


In major league baseball Sunday, the Brewers brought left fielder Ryan Braun into the infield for extra protection against a ground ball getting past the front-line defense with the bases loaded and one out in a tie game against the Florida Marlins. Milwaukee escaped that jam and won in extra innings.


Meanwhile, in the Southeast Section of Home Talent League baseball, Albionís defense faced a bases-loaded situation with nobody out and the score tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth at Fort Atkinson. Tom Dehnert then looped a single over the Tigersí drawn-in defense to give the host Generals a 3-2 victory.


The win lifted Fort Atkinson into a tie for first place with Jefferson at 4-2 in the East Division. Albionís loss broke a three-game win streak and dropped the Tigers into a third-place tie with Orfordville at 4-2 in the West.


Albionís only error of the day enabled Fort Atkinsonís Tyler Burns to score from third base with two outs in the seventh inning, forcing the


2-2 tie.


The Tigers had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh after Adam Gregoryís leadoff single. He advanced on Jim Eastmanís sacrifice and scored on Marty Johnsonís single.


Aaron Laskowskiís leadoff triple and Josh Eastmanís sacrifice fly had lifted Albion into a 1-1 tie in the sixth.


Francisco Roque got a leadoff double in the ninth for his third hit of the game to ignite Fort Atkinsonís winning rally. After an intentional walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases, pinch-runner Sam Hartwick scored on Dehnertís walk-off hit.


Laskowski and Kyle Johnson each had two of Albionís eight hits, while the Generals managed only five hits.


Other Southeast action:


-- Orfordville 13, Whitewater 3óThe visiting Orioles (4-2) blitzed Whitewater with 19 hits as they notched their fourth straight Sunday League win and tied Albion for third in the West Division.


A four-run fifth inning carried Orfordville away from a


2-1 edge, and the Orioles finished the job with a five-run ninth.


Tyler Martin led Orfordville with a 4-for-5 day at the plate that included two doubles. Joe Cox, Ryan Schmitz and Nate Riley each had three hits for the Orioles.


Brent Cashore allowed five hits in six innings and struck out 11 in getting the victory.


The loss kept Whitewater (3-3) from tying for the East Division lead.


-- Evansville 8, Lake Mills 1óMatt Drefahlís two-run double keyed a three-run second inning that put Evansville ahead for good at Lake Mills.


Drefahl was 2-for-2 at the plate and also was the winning pitcher. Mike Maves also went 2-for-2 for the Jays, who improved to 2-5 in the West.


-- Utica 6, Jefferson 2óUtica went to 5-0 in the West by dropping Jefferson (4-2) into a tie for the East Division lead.


Max Gartzkeís sacrifice fly broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning, during which Utica added three more runs on Jefferson errors.


Kyle Bates pitched a complete-game two-hitter for Utica.



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