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Albion wins in a rout, other scores

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Gazette staff
June 20, 2011

The Albion Tigers made their hits count this time in Home Talent League baseball.


After failing to score at Evansville a week ago, despite reaching double digits in hits, the visiting Tigers turned 17 hits to a 10-1 rout of Deerfield in a Southeast Section crossover game Sunday.


Albion broke open a 2-1 game with a seven-run sixth inning as it improved 5-3 and remained tied for third place in the West Division. Casey Schmeling drove in two runs to spark that rally, which began with five straight hits.


The Tigers also scored on a wild pitch in their big inning. As the catcher retrieved the ball, his throw to the plate hit the runner’s helmet and went down the first-base line. That allowed two runs to score, and another scored on an error.


Jesse Appel and Josh Eastman also finished with two RBIs for Albion. Aaron Laskowski had four hits for the Tigers, while teammates Eastman and Trevor Kinnett each had three.


Other Southeast action:


-- Evansville 3, Cambridge 0—The Jays got only three hits, but they rode the five-hit pitching of Matt Drefahl and Nate Prahl to victory at Cambridge.


Chad Rasmussen’s seventh-inning double was the game’s only RBI. Evansville also scored in the third and eighth as it improved to 4-5 in the West Division.


P.J. Stilling and Travis Galston each had two hits for Cambridge (0-8).


-- Orfordville 16, Lake Mills 0—Joe Lange’s three-hit pitching and an 11-run sixth inning made it a big day for Orfordville, which improved to 5-3 in the West with a seven-inning blowout at Beloit.


Trevor Wallace had two of his three RBIs in the big inning. Jeff Adas also contributed a two-run double to the decisive rally, which included eight hits.


Wallace and Joe Cox each had three hits for the Orioles, while Lange silenced Lake Mills with 14 strikeouts.


-- Fort Atkinson 15, Utica 3—Fort Atkinson (6-2) erupted for a 10-1 lead in the first three innings to gain the undisputed East Division lead and knock visiting Utica (5-2) two games off the pace in the West.


Jacob Soriano led Fort Atkinson with four RBIs, while Chris Koepke pitched a complete-game seven-hitter. Francisco Roque, Josh Crandall and Nate Pfeifer each had two hits for the Generals.


-- McFarland 3, Whitewater 1—T.J. DiPrizio’s six-hit pitching wasn’t quite good enough for Whitewater, which got only four hits off McFarland’s Pete Patton.


Bryan Brickson’s RBI in the third and Joey Leiberman’s two-run double in the fifth gave McFarland a 3-0 lead.


-- Stoughton 7, Jefferson 2—Dave Hanson drove in four runs, and Ben Riffle pitched a complete-game eight-hitter as Stoughton (7-0) gained a two-game lead in the West and dropped Jefferson (5-3) from a tie for the East Division lead.


Hanson had a two-run homer in the sixth and a two-run double in the ninth to highlight a three-hit day. Bowe Bushey and Chris Folbrecht each had two hits for Jefferson.



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