Albion overcomes injuries, other scores
The Albion Tigers withstood an injury-riddled day to win their Home Talent League baseball opener.
What’s more, the Tigers had to go 13 innings Sunday before they finally edged the visiting Orfordville Orioles, 3-2, in the West Division of the Southeast Section.
Albion ace Mike Nanstad got the win with one inning of relief pitching after being scratched from a starting role because of a sore shoulder.
Ben Everson, another of the Tigers’ ace pitchers, was hit in the face by a foul ball while waiting in the on-deck circle. Albion also lost second baseman Cullen Schmeling with a broken finger on a slide into second base.
The good news for Albion was that catcher Casey Schmeling got a walk-off RBI on a line-drive single up the middle with two out in the bottom of the 13th inning. Josh Eastman scored the winning run after reaching on a single and advancing on a sacrifice and infield out.
Orfordville took a 2-0 lead with an eighth-inning run that came on Brandon Smith’s leadoff triple and a wild pitch. Albion tied it with two runs in the bottom of the eighth on Eastman’s RBI single and a wild pitch.
Joe Lange limited Albion to one hit through 7 1/3 innings. Joe Cox took the loss in relief, even though the Orfordville pitchers allowed only five hits.
Eastman pitched the first seven innings for Albion, and Adam Gregory worked the next five. Each allowed one run, but the Orioles had 11 hits off the three Albion pitchers.
Other Southeast openers:
-- Utica 10, Evansville 0—Winning pitcher Kyle Bates led the way as Utica’s defending West Division champions got an eight-inning win over visiting Evansville.
Bates gave up only two hits in six innings, while striking out 10 and allowing no walks. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate, as did teammates Matt Ellingson and Andy Martin.
Jon Frey had two of Evansville’s four hits.
-- Stoughton 6, McFarland 3—Jake Wenzel collected three hits, including a home run, and Eric Sperloen pitched a complete game in leading Stoughton to a West Division win at McFarland.
-- Fort Atkinson 3, Cambridge 1—Dan Dean pitched a complete-game four-hitter as Fort Atkinson’s defending East Division champions downed visiting Cambridge. Bryan Wallace had two of the Generals’ seven hits.
-- Whitewater 3, Lake Mills 2—Jason Kollwelter pitched a complete-game eight-hitter to lead the host Swingers past Lake Mills in the East Division. Nick Raether and Ben Chapman each had two hits for Whitewater.
-- Jefferson 15, Deerfield 0—Tim Klug pitched a seven inning no-hitter in Jefferson’s East Division victory at Deerfield. He struck out 11, and a hit batsman accounted for Deerfield’s only base-runner.
Ryan Wagner, Beau Bushey and Trent Probst each drove in three runs for the Blue Devils.