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Orfordville hands Fort first defeat

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Gazette staff
May 23, 2011

There was no stopping the Orfordville Orioles on Sunday in the Southeast Section of Home Talent League baseball.


Orfordville pounded out 16 hits and got six-hit pitching from Joe Lange to shock Fort Atkinson’s previously unbeaten defending East Division champions, 7-1.


With their second straight win in Sunday play, the host Orioles improved to 2-2 in the West Division and dropped Fort Atkinson (3-1) a game behind Jefferson in the East.


Lange struck out 10 and walked only one in silencing the Generals with a complete-game performance.


Orfordville grabbed the lead for good in a two-run first inning that featured Pat Moore’s RBI single and Tyler Martin’s double. After the Generals pulled within 2-1 in the top of the fifth, Orfordville responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning, with Joe Cox driving in one and Moore getting two RBIs.


Moore went 3-for-4 overall, and Cox was 3-5.


Other Southeast action:


-- Albion 19, Whitewater 11—Albion climbed to 3-1 in the West Division by using two eight-run innings for a wild victory at Whitewater.


Jesse Appel had a grand-slam homer to highlight Albion’s eighth-run fourth, which gave the Tigers an 8-0 lead. Josh Eastman had two hits in that inning, including a home run.


After the Swingers had back-to-back three-run innings to pull within 8-6 in the sixth, Albion broke loose for an eight-run seventh that included five hits. Marty Johnson had an RBI triple, and Kyle Johnson and Ethan Vaade had RBI doubles.


Kyle Johnson, Aaron Laskowski, Appel and Eastman each had two hits to lead the Tigers’ 16-hit attack.


Jason Kollwelter had five of Whitewater’s 12 hits. He drove in four runs and scored three times. Rory Kolo had a double, home run and four RBIs for the Swingers, who fell to 2-2 in the East Division.


-- Evansville 8, Deerfield 5—Matt Dreyfahl had two hits, two RBIs and pitched seven innings to get Evansville’s first victory in the West Division.


The Jays (1-3) pulled away from a 2-1 edge in a four-run seventh inning. John Duerst and Eric Seeman each had RBI singles, and Dreyfahl singled home the other two runs.


-- Jefferson 8, McFarland 7—Ryan Wagner had three doubles, one of which keyed a five-run fifth inning that carried Jefferson (4-0) past McFarland and into the undisputed East Division lead.


-- Stoughton 15, Lake Mills 0—Dave Hanson had a single, double and home run as Stoughton (3-0) stayed unbeaten in the West Division by routing Lake Mills. Sean Gerber had a solo home run for the Merchants.


-- Utica 7, Cambridge 5—Doug Vike’s three-run homer in the third put Utica ahead for good at 3-2 as the defending champions (3-0) remained tied with Stoughton for the West Division lead.



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