Sometimes, even at the state tournament level, teams are overmatched.
That was the case for Milwaukee King’s baseball team Tuesday.
Janesville Craig banged out 13 hits, while Micah Overley allowed only two hits in six innings of work in an 8-0 win over King in a WIAA Division 1 quarterfinal game.
The Cougars (23-5) scored runs in five of seven innings in cruising past the Generals (14-10).
Overley, a junior, found out he was getting the start in the quarterfinal game three days a ago. The right-hander said he was more excited than nervous to get the call in front of staff ace Mitchell Woelfle, whom coach Victor Herbst wanted to save to start against Arrowhead.
“I was more happy than anything else,” Overley said. “It was a fun night to pitch, and once we got those runs early, I was able to relax and just go out there and pitch.
“I struggled with my curveball a little bit heading up to the playoffs, but I was able to throw it for strikes today. It was pretty smooth sailing once we got the lead.”
Overley struck out five and walked two. He went 1-2-3 in two innings and allowed only one runner as far as third base.
Dan Blomgren had three of Craig’s 13 hits, including an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning. Noah Berghammer had two doubles and JJ Brennan added two hits and scored twice. Every Cougar in the starting lineup had at least one hit. Blomgren and Clark Schmaling each drove in two runs.
Herbst said his team set the tone early.
“We got production once again up and down the lineup,” Herbst said. “Swung the bats well and put up multiple runs in a number of innings.
“Now, we just have to continue to execute and make the plays. I think we’ll continue to swing the bats well.”