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Janesville Craig nearly pulls upset at Sun Prairie

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Gazette staff
May 11, 2011
— Janesville Craig’s baseball team gave Big Eight leader Sun Prairie all it could handle Tuesday, but the Cardinals slipped away for a 3-2 victory in eight innings.

“We had them,” Craig High coach Victor Herbst said.


The loss dropped Craig to


4-8 in the Big Eight. Sun Prairie, the state’s top-ranked Division 1 team, improved to 12-1 in the conference and 14-2 overall.


The Cougars carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Sun Prairie benefited from three straight walks and a two-run single to send the game into the extra inning.


In the eighth, Craig threatened with two runners aboard and one out, but Riley Quinn’s sharp line drive was snagged at shortstop, and Charlie Miller was doubled off second to bring the inning to a stunning halt.


To gain the victory, Sun Prairie got a hit, walk and a scratch infield hit to load the bases before reliever Cody Steed walked in the winning run.


“It’s a pretty bitter loss for us,” Herbst said. “We’ve got to finish games. We gave too many free passes.’’


Craig’s Jameson Henning blanked the Cardinals on four hits through the first 5 2/3 innings Steed came on in the sixth after Henning issued a pair of two-out walks.


“It was Henning’s first varsity start,” Herbst said. “He shut out the (Big Eight) leaders for the first six innings.’’


Henning had a leadoff double in the sixth and scored the Cougars’ first run on a Tom Yaucher hit up the middle. Craig went ahead 2-0 on Miller’s sacrifice fly.


“The kids gave a great effort,” Herbst said.


Craig plays at Madison Memorial at 5 p.m. Thursday.


SUN PRAIRIE 3, CRAIG 2 (8)

Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Henning, p, 2-1-1-0; Wright, cf, 4-1-0-0; Yaucher, rf, 4-0-1-0; Meyer, c, 1-0-0-0; Miller, dh, 2-0-0-1; Perkins, lf, 0-0-0-0; Phillips, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Quinn 2b, 4-0-1-0; Stearns, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Hoskins, ss, 1-0-0-0; Steed, p, 1-0-1-0. Totls 25-4-2-1.


Sun Prairie (ab-r-h-rbi)—Harmon, cf, 4-0-0-0; Lund, dh, 3-0-0-0; Butler, ss, 1-0-1-2; Fairchild, c, 3-0-1-0; Abbott, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Patterson, 3b, 3-1-2-0; Kerns rf, 4-0-0-0; Hoffmann 2b, 2-1-1-0; Schuster, p, 1-1-0-0; Mayr, 2b, 1-0-1-0; Schmidt, lf, 2-0-1-1. Totals: 27-3-7-3.


Janesville Craig 000 002 00—2


Sun Prairie 000 000 21—3


E—Craig 1, Sun Prairie 2. DP—Craig 2, Sun Prairie 1. LOB—Craig 10, Sun Prairie 9. 2B—Henning, Quinn, Steed. S—Meyer, Miller. SB—Schmidt.


IP H R ER BB SO


Janesville Craig


Henning 5 2/3 4 0 0 3 1


Steed 2 1/3 3 3 3 5 2


Sun Prairie


Schuster 7 3 2 0 3 2


Hoffmann 1 1 0 0 2 0



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