Rockton Hononegah, Kenosha top Janesville in Legion twinbill
JANESVILLE The Janesville American Legion baseball team's seven-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Tuesday night.
Post 205 dropped a pair of games at Riverside Park.
The Kenosha Merchants, ranked second in the state, blanked Janesville 10-0 in five innings in the second game. Rockton Hononegah hung on for a 3-2 win over Post 205 in game one.
Janesville (12-5-1) managed only seven hits in two games and lost for the first time since June 16.
"There aren't many positives we can take out of losing twice, but there were a couple of things that were encouraging," Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. "We got some good innings out of Conner Osmond in game two. That was a plus, because we're going to need him down the road.
"And although Kenosha took it to us, we did hit the ball hard. We just hit it right at somebody."
Kenosha jumped all over Janesville in the top of the first. The Merchants scored four runs on five hits, including a double and a triple.
They added two more runs in the second before breaking the game wide open with four runs in the third.
"Kenosha's got a real nice team," Schenck said. "And I don't even think a couple of their better players were here.
"But we have to pitch better against them than we did tonight. We left too many balls up in the zone and didn't get ahead."
Kenosha and Janesville are in the same District Regional tournament later this month.
Garrett Arnold went the distance to get the win for Kenosha. The left-hander struck out two and allowed only singles by Justin Graham and Logan Coulter.
Osmond came on in relief of Hunter Van Zandt and did not allow a run in two-plus innings.
Janesville scored twice in the first against Hononegah but did not score a run in 11 innings after that. Coulter drove in Janesville's first run and Zach Bailey's sacrifice fly cut Hononegah's lead to 3-2. Post 205 had only five baserunners against Hononegah after the first inning.
"We should've had better success against their pitcher. He wasn't throwing that hard," Schenck said. "But some of our hitters didn't adjust at the plate and move up in the box.
"The one thing we can take out of tonight's games is that we saw lefties back-to-back. And they were two very different pitchers as far as speed goes. Hopefully, we learned something from facing both."
Janesville plays at Burlington in a doubleheader Sunday.
ROCKTON HONONEGAH 3, JANESVILLE 2
Hononegah (ab-r-h-rbi)—Marquez, cf, 3-1-3-0; Parson, 2b, 3-0-1-0; Bohlman, 3b, 4-1-1-1; Ballano, lf, 4-0-2-0; McCormick, ss, 4-0-2-1; Ryczek, c, 4-0-0-0; Schweighausen, p, 4-0-0-0; Schwartz, rf, 4-1-1-0; Damon, 1b, 2-0-0-1. Totals: 32-3-10-3.
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Graham, dh, 3-1-1-0; Theisen, ss, 4-1-1-0; Coulter, lf, 3-0-1-1; Bailey, c, 2-0-1-1; Olson, cf, 3-0-0-0; Quinn, 2b, 2-0-0-0; Marro, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Co. Osmond, 1b, 1-0-1-0; Traynor, rf, 2-0-0-0; Cu. Osmond, rf, 1-0-0-0; Faust, 3b, 2-0-0-0; Hughes, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 25-2-5-2.
Hononegah 210 000 0—3
Janesville 200 000 0—2
E—Janesville 3. LOB—Hononegah 12, Janesville 6. SF—Bailey. SB—Olson, Marquez. DP—Janesville. 2B—Bohlman. 3B—Schwartz.
KENOSHA 10, JANESVILLE 0 (5)
Kenosha (ab-r-h-rbi)—Costabile, cf, 4-2-2-2; Luscomb, ss, 4-0-2-1; Lee, dh, 3-1-1-1; Tibor, 3b, 3-1-2-1; Smith, 1b, 3-1-1-1; T. Arnold, c, 2-2-2-0; Klein, 2b, 1-1-1-2; Santana, 3b, 1-0-0-0; Kluver, lf, 2-1-0-0; Ivesen, rf, 1-1-0-0; G. Arnold, p, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 24-10-11-8.
Janesville (ab-r-h-rbi)—Graham, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Theisen, c, 3-0-0-0; Coulter, dh-lf, 2-0-1-0; Cu. Osmond, rf, 2-0-0-0; Hughes, 1b, 2-0-0-0; Faust, 1b, 0-0-0-0; Bailey, ss, 2-0-0-0; Co. Osmond, lf-p, 2-0-0-0; Olson, cf, 1-0-0-0; Quinn, 2b, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 19-0-2-0.
Kenosha 424 00—10
Janesville 000 00—0
E—Kenosha 2, Janesville 1. LOB—Kenosha 5, Janesville 5. SF—Lee. 2B—Costabile, Lee. 2B—Smith, T. Arnold, Klein. 3B—Tibor.