McCann, Milton cruise
The senior righthander struck out 13 in five scoreless innings to lead the Red Hawks back to the sectional for the first time since 2007.
Milton (15-6) plays Madison La Follette (15-8) in a sectional semifinal at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Pohlman Field in Beloit.
Milton scored three runs in the bottom of the second. Connor Bowen’s two-run single started the scoring, and Justin Gunderson’s RBI single made it 3-0.
The Red Hawks blew the game open with four in the fifth, capped off by Dane Burman’s two-run double.
“We had a little layoff, so it was nice to come out and play a pretty good game,” Milton first-year coach Ryan Neuenschwander said. “The way Sam was throwing, we didn’t need a lot of runs, but it was nice to get those four in the fifth.
“Sam’s pitch count was at 81, and with a seven-run lead, I wanted to get Dane some work.”
Stoughton finished with only three hits and finished 11-13.
MILTON 7, STOUGHTON 2
Stoughton 000 002 0—2 3 1
Milton 030 040 x—7 9 1
Schultz and Gerber; McCann, Burman (6) and Haney.
Leading hitters—Haney (M) 2x3. 2B—Burman (M). 3B—Hoffman (M).
SO—Schultz (S) 5, McCann (M) 13, Burman (M) 5. BB—McCann 1, Burman 1.