Evansville defeats Albion despite just one hit, other scores
One hit was more than enough to give the Evansville Jays a major victory in the Southeast Section of Home Talent League baseball.
The Jays scored without the benefit of a hit in the fifth inning, then got their only hit in the eighth as they held off the Albion Tigers, 1-0, in a West Division thriller Sunday at Evansville.
Matt Buhrow of the Tigers pitched a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings. It was broken up when Jon Frey’s fly ball went off the tip of a diving outfielder’s glove in right-center field, but Buhrow went on to a complete-game one-hitter.
Albion collected five hits off winning pitcher Matt Drefahl and reliever John Duerst, who worked the last 1 1/3 innings to get a save. The Tigers also drew eight walks and stranded 15 runners, including 10 in scoring position. They left the bases loaded in the first, seventh and eighth innings.
Evansville got the only run after Eric Seeman led off the fifth with a walk. He moved to second on Chad Rasmussen’s sacrifice bunt, took third on Garth Coats’ infield grounder and scored on a passed ball.
The Jays collected their third straight one-run win over Albion. They stung the Tigers twice last season, 1-0 and 2-1, with the second victory depriving Albion of a playoff bid.
This victory lifted Evansville to 3-5 in the West and dropped Albion to 4-3.
Sunday’s other Southeast action:
-- Stoughton 4, Orford-ville 3—Stoughton snapped Orfordville’s four-game win streak in Sunday League play and stayed atop the West Division at 6-0 with a narrow victory at Purdy Park.
Stoughton overcame an early 1-0 deficit and made the most of eight hits off Joe Lange by building a 4-1 lead with two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth. Dan Campbell had two RBIs to lead the Merchants.
Orfordville (4-3) got 13 hits off winning pitcher Ben Riffle. Brandon Smith the led the Orioles with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, while teammates Joe Cox, Brad Brey and Lange each hit two hits.
-- McFarland 4, Utica 3—Byron Brickson drove in two runs, including the game-winner in the top of the 10th inning, as McFarland (3-4) dropped defending champion Utica to 5-1 in the West Division.
McFarland scored an unearned run in the sixth for a
3-2 lead, but Utica tied it on Matt Ellingson’s hit in the eighth.
Brickson’s 10th-inning double scored Joey Lieberman to give McFarland its 4-3 lead. Utica left the tying run on second in the bottom of the 10th.
-- Jefferson 4, Whitewater 2—Jefferson withstood Whitewater’s ninth-inning threat to remain tied with Fort Atkinson for the East Division lead at 5-2.
The visiting Swingers loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth. Winning pitcher Tom Klug then got two strikeouts and fly ball to end the game without Whitewater scoring in its last at-bat.
Klug pitched a complete-game six-hitter, as did losing pitcher Jason Kollwelter. Dustin Christophersen and Luke Falk each had two hits for the Swingers.
-- Fort Atkinson 4, Lake Mills 1—Dan Dean’s 15 strikeouts highlighted a Fort Atkinson victory that lifted the East Division co-leaders to 5-2.
Francisco Roque and Bobby Bastien each had two of Fort Atkinson’s eight hits.
-- Deerfield 9, Cambridge 2—Mike Hommen pitched a complete-game six-hitter as Deerfield (1-5) notched its first win in an East Division battle. Trey Borgrud went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.