Craig baseball team takes over second
Both teams were tied for second place behind Sun Prairie coming into the game. The victory put Craig at 6-1 in the Big Eight and 7-2 overall.
Craig suffered its only loss to Sun Prairie at home earlier this month. The Cougars play at Sun Prairie on Saturday, May 5.
Craig wasn’t looking much past its success on Saturday.
“Any time you can get a win at Middleton, I’ll take it,” said Craig coach Victor Herbst.
The Cougars led, 4-1, going into the seventh inning. Drew Meinholz opened the inning with a double. Hughes struck out the next hitter, but Tijler DeyMarcos delivered a pinch-hit double to cut the lead to 4-2. Tyler Kraus singled DeyMarcos to third.
Davis Wadzinski then grounded out to second baseman Riley Quinn, with Kraus going to second. Kraus went to third on a wild pitch.
Hughes then got leadoff hitter Luke Schafer to ground to third baseman Dylan Hoskins, who threw out Schafer to end the game.
Herbst thought about removing Hughes in the seventh.
“He was nearing the 100-pitch mark,” Herbst said. “I could have went out and got him, but he was still sharp.”
The Cougars built their lead with some excellent base running.
Cameron Wright led off the game with a single, stole second, moved to third and scored on a wild pitch.
After the Cardinals tied the game in the bottom of the first, Craig took command with a three-run third.
With one out, catcher Ryan Marro walked. Keaton Eichman came on as a courtesy runner and stole second. Nate Hoag walked, and Dalton Johns hit into a fielder’s choice to put runners on first and third.
Johns moved to second on a wild pitch. Wright then delivered the key hit, a two-run single, to put Craig up 3-1. Wright went to second on the throw home and went to third on Quinn’s single.
Quinn and Wright then executed a double steal with Middleton throwing to second to try and nab Quinn for the third out.
Craig left the bases loaded in the fourth and had two on in the fifth, but could not open up the lead.
“Our offense did OK today,” Herbst said. “Our base running was great today, and that really helped us.”
Craig plays a nonconference game Monday at Riverside Park against Lake Geneva Badger starting at 4:30 p.m.
Craig and Parker meet in a Big Eight game Tuesday.
CRAIG 4, MIDDLETON 3
Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Wright, cf, 3-2-2-2; Quinn, 2b, 4-0-1-0; D. Hoskins, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Hughes, p, 3-0-0-0; Blomgren, ss, 4-0-1-0; Luebke, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Marro, c, 3-0-0-0; Eichman, cr, 0-1-0-0; Hoag, lf, 1-0-0-0; Johns, rf, 3-1-1-0. Totals: 27-4-5-2.
Middleton (ab-r-h-rbi)—Schafer, 2b, 4-0-1-0; Lochner, ss, 3-1-1-0; Haack, 3b, 3-0-0-1; Adler, 1b, 3-0-0-0; D. Meinholz, lf, 3-1-1-0; T. Meinholz, dh, 3-0-0-0; Gunderson, c, 2-0-0-0; DeyMarcos, ph, 1-1-1-1; Acker, p, 2-0-0-0; Krause, p, 1-0-1-0; Koistinen, rf, 1-0-0-0; Wadzinski, ph, 1-0-0-1. Totals: 27-3-5-3.
Craig 103 000 0—4
Middleton 100 000 2—3
E—Craig 2, Middleton 2. LOB—Craig 8, Middleton 4. 2B—D. Meinholz, DeyMarcos, Blomgren. SB—Wright, Quinn, Eichman, Johns, Haack.
Craig IP H R ER BB SO
Hughes (W) 7 5 3 3 0 5
Acker (L) 3 3 4 4 2 1
Krause 4 1 0 0 2 7