Janesville Legion tops New Richmond
The result was a 3-2 victory over New Richmond on the opening day of the three-day Spooner tournament.
Janesville committed six errors, but starting pitcher Brandon Hughes overcame that and pitched a complete game two-hitter. He struck out eight and walked three.
“Brandon had to throw 20 or 25 extra pitches because of those errors,” Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. “That’s something we’ll have to eliminate.”
Meanwhile, New Richmond pitcher Josh Leavens was working on a no-hitter into the sixth inning with a 2-0 lead.
Hunter Marshall broke up the no-hitter with a single. After two walks loaded the bases, Jake Welch tied the game with a two-out, two-run single.
Janesville won the game in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Fiedler walked to open the inning. Designated hitter Brady Brandt sacrificed Fiedler to second, and he advanced to third on a balk.
Dylan Hoskins won the game when he dropped down a suicide squeeze bunt to score Fiedler.
“Brandt had a great bunt, and so did Hoskins,” Schenck said. “They executed well.”
The tournament requires the use of wooden bats, which is a switch from the aluminum bats normally used in high school and Legion baseball.
“Hits are harder to come by,” Schenck said. “That puts a premium on pitching and fielding.”
Janesville (8-3) plays Spooner at 6 p.m. today.
JANESVILLE 3, NEW RICHMOND 2
New Richmond (ab-r-h-rbi)—Keehr, 2b, 4-1-0-0; Leavens, p, 2-0-0-0; Leslie, 3b, 4-0-1-1; Skatrud, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Kittel, lf, 4-0-0-0; Hollern, rf, 4-0-1-0; Jones, ss, 3-0-0-0; Sabby, cf, 2-0-0-0; Durham, c, 2-1-0-0. Totals: 27-2-2-1.
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Tr. Kobs, cf, 2-1-0-0; Moe, 3b, 2-0-0-0; Teubert, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Welch, c, 2-0-1-2; Ta. Kobs, lf, 2-0-0-0; Fiedler, rf, 1-1-0-0; Quinn, lf, 1-0-0-0; Brandt, dh, 2-0-0-0; Hoskins, ss, 2-0-0-0; Marshall, 2b, 2-1-1-0. Totals: 19-3-3-2.
New Richmond 002 000 0—2
Janesville 000 002 1—3
E—Janesville 6. LOB—New Richmond 7, Janesville 3. Sac—Ta. Kobs, Brandt, Hoskins, Jones.
New Richmond IP H R ER BB SO
Leavens (L) 6 1/3 2 3 3 3 12
Hughes (W) 7 2 2 1 3 8