Janesville Legion season ‘half full’
JANESVILLE Janesville’s American Legion baseball team hit the halfway point of the season Tuesday night with another solid outing.
Andy Kersten scattered seven hits in a complete game, and Post 205’s offense banged out 10 hits in a 9-2 win over Westosha.
Janesville improved to 14-7 with the win as it heads into an eight-day layoff before resuming play Thursday, July 5 at Beloit.
“We’ve got some things to work on, but for the most part, I’m pretty pleased with the way we’ve played thus far,” Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. “We won our own tournament earlier this month and played pretty well at a very good Kenosha Tournament last weekend.
“But we obviously have to continue to improve in all facets of the game. As a coach, you’re never satisfied.”
Post 205 made quick work of Westosha. Janesville scored a run in the bottom of the first on Sam McCann’s RBI single, then added two more in the second on back-to-back doubles by Adam Greene and Dylan Hoskins, and an RBI single by Ryan Marro.
Janesville made it 5-0 in the third on Charlie Meyer’s run-scoring triple and McCann’s RBI groundout.
“I thought we swung the bats pretty well tonight,” Schenck said. “We hit the ball hard, especially early on when we jumped ahead.”
Janesville finished with four extra-base hits.
Kersten, who will be a sophomore at Carroll University, was in control from the opening pitch. Of the seven hits the righthander surrendered, only two left the infield. He struck out six and was aided by two Janesville double plays.
“I thought Andy threw harder as the game went on,” Schenck said. “That’s what I wanted to see. He was having a little trouble spotting his curveball for strikes, but he made pitches when he had to.”
Marro finished with two hits, while teammate Riley Quinn scored twice in the leadoff spot.
With eight days off, Schenck is hoping his team can re-energize and get ready for the second half.
“I know with Andy and Sam at the top of our rotation, we can play with anybody in the state,” Schenck said. “Those two are going to keep us in every game. And I really like what I’ve seen from Colin Frey as our No. 3 starter. Now we just have to find some consistency at the back-end of the rotation.
“This team is coming together and has a chance to be pretty good. There’s a lot of baseball left to be played, but I’m hoping that after the layoff, everybody comes back focused and ready to go.”
JANESVILLE 9, WESTOSHA 2
Westosha (ab-r-h-rbi)—M. Sorensen, ss, 4-1-2-0; Anichini, c-3b, 4-0-1-0; Podella, cf-p, 3-0-2-2; Gackowski, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Dalton, cf, 2-1-1-0; Neave, 2b, 4-0-0-0; Harms, p-rf, 1-0-0-0; Muhlenbeck, rf-cf, 1-0-0-0; T. Sorensen, lf, 3-0-0-0; Ludwig, 3b-c, 3-0-2-0. Totals: 28-2-7-2.
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Quinn, 2b, 1-2-0-0; Frey, 2b, 1-0-1-1; Meyer, lf, 2-2-1-1; Iverson, lf, 1-0-0-0; McCann, 1b, 3-0-1-2; Luebke, 1b, 1-0-0-0; Welch, dh, 4-0-1-1; Greene, rf, 3-1-1-0; Theisen, ph, 1-0-0-0; Hoskins, 3b, 2-1-1-1; Marro, c, 3-1-2-1; Brooks, cf, 2-1-0-0. Totals: 27-9-10-7.
Westosha 000 010 1—2
Janesville 122 220 x—9
E—Westosha 2, Janesville 2. LOB—Westosha 9, Janesville 6. DP—Janesville 2. SAC—Harms. SB—M. Sorensen. 2B—Brandt, Hoskins, Greene. 3B—Meyer.
Westosha IP H R ER BB SO
Harms (L) 2 7 5 5 1 0
Podella 4 3 4 2 3 4
Kersten (W) 7 7 2 2 3 6