The Milton Junction Pub Raptors weren’t in great shape when they started Sunday’s Rock River League game at Clyman with just 10 players.
They were in even worse shape after the first two Clyman batters.
Milton starting pitcher Sam McCann suffered a knee injury covering first base on a bunt, which led to a 10-1 loss to the Canners.
Without McCann and several other regular starters who were gone, the Raptors could not keep up with Clyman.
“I knew we were in trouble when I started receiving texts and messages on Wednesday,” Raptors manager Doug Welch said of the short-handed traveling squad.
The Raptors (4-4) close out the regular season with a game at Johnson Creek (7-4) at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and a 1:30 p.m. contest Sunday at Watertown (6-5).
Welch said the Raptors need to sweep those games to put themselves in the best position for the end-of-the-year tournament involving Rock River teams.
CLYMAN 10, MILTON 1
Clyman 500 002 030—10 12 0
Milton 010 000 000—1 3 3
Sam McCann, Drew Freitag (1), Dave Sagaitis (5), McCauley Cox (8) and Mike Schmidt.
SO—McCann 0, Freitag 3, Sagaitis 2, Cox 2. BB—Freitag 3, Sagaitis 2, Cox 2.