Janesville Craig senior hits grand slam to help drop Memorial

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012
— Former University of Wisconsin football coach and current Athletic Director Barry Alvarez made a visit to Riverside Park on Tuesday to watch his grandson pitch for Madison Memorial.

Unfortunately for Alvarez and his grandson, Joe Ferguson, Cameron Wright spoiled the trip.

Wright drove in five runs, including a grand slam in a 7-run third inning, to lead Janesville Craig to a 10-0 Big Eight Conference win. The game was called in the bottom of the sixth due to the 10-run rule.

Craig (6-2, 5-1) got a second straight strong start from pitcher Colin Frey, while Wright’s bat shows signs of heating up after a slow start to the season. Wright, a senior, finished with three hits, including the grand slam off Ferguson in the third that pushed Craig’s lead to 8-0.

“I was just trying to hit it hard somewhere and not strand any more runners,” Wright said of his slam. “Lueb’s (Brandon Luebke) did a great job of keeping that inning going by hustling to third, so I wanted to keep it going.”

Wright’s heads-up baserunning in the first gave Frey the only run support he needed. Wright singled to lead off, then raced to third when Ferguson’s errant pick-off throw sailed over Jared Eichorst’s head at first. Brandon Hughes’ sacrifice fly eventually scored Wright.

Frey was in total control through his five innings of work. The junior righthander allowed four hits and struck out three.

“That’s two in a row for Colin, and if he can keep that up, that just makes our staff that much deeper,” Craig coach Vic Herbst said.

“What I was most proud of today was that we bounced back as a team after playing probably our overall poorest game last time out. Today, we played hard, played smart and attacked the baseball.”

After blowing the game open with seven runs in the third, Craig added single runs in the fifth and sixth to end the game. Wright’s single made it 9-0 in the fifth, and the game ended in the sixth when Nick Blomgren scored on Memorial’s fifth error of the game—an overthrow at second.

Craig plays at Middleton on Thursday.


Memorial (ab-r-h-rbi)—Wood, 3-0-1-0; Borkhardt, cf, 1-0-0-0; Ferguson, p-rf, 3-0-0-0; Eichorst, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Mather, 1b, 0-0-0-0; Genn, ss, 3-0-2-0; Kahl, c, 3-0-0-0; Kipfer, rf, 1-0-0-0; Burlege, p, 1-0-1-0; Webb, p, 1-0-0-0; Jordan, 2b, 2-0-1-0; Lindquist, dh, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 22-0-5-0.

Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Wright, cf, 4-2-3-5; Quinn, 2b, 3-1-1-0; Hoskins, 3b, 2-0-0-1; Hughes, dh, 3-0-1-1; Blomgren, ss, 4-2-1-0; Luebke, 1b, 2-2-1-0; Marro, c, 3-0-0-0; Eichman, cr, 0-1-0-0; Feggestad, lf, 2-1-1-1; Johns, rf, 2-1-1-0. Totals: 25-10-9-8.

Madison Memorial 000 000—0

Janesville Craig 107 011—10

E—Memorial 5. LOB—Memorial 7, Craig 6. 2B—Jordan, Genn. HR—Wright. SF—Hoskins, Hughes. SB—Quinn, Blomgren.

Memorial IP H R ER BB SO

Ferguson (L) 3 6 8 6 3 2

Burlege 1 1/3 1 1 1 1 1

Webb 1 1/3 2 1 0 0 2


Frey (W) 5 4 0 0 2 3

Pickarts 1 1 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 8:07 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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