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Monroe tops Blanchardville
Monroe shortstop Cody Boals rifles a throw on the run to first base in the second inning of Monroes 12-7 win over Blanchardville. Boals finished the game with a pair of runs, a double and a perfect 1-2-3 seventh inning.
MONROE - After not swinging a bat for two weeks, the Monroe Brewers found a groove early and often in a 12-7 win over Blanchardville on Thursday night in Home Talent League action.

"This was our first game in a couple of weeks," co-player manager Lon Schuerell said. "Last week we were off and the week before we got rained out. We got some timely hitting. People found some holes and got some big hits."

The Brewers collected 14 hits and had 20 base runners. Co-player manager Rooney Janecke went 4-for-4 at the plate, and pitched three innings of relief, allowing just two runs on three hits.

"It was nice to come out here and hit the ball pretty well," Janecke said. "Nearly everyone got a hit tonight, which is great."

Blanchardville started off the first inning plating two runs on a pair of hits and two walks.

"We started a little slow tonight with a couple of walks and errors," Schuerell said. "The defense played a lot better the final four innings."

Milton Kurschner scored on a hit by Tannar "Tank" Johnson, and David Cleary scored off of a single by Devin Jeglum.

"We had two high school kids playing," Blanchardville player-manager Aaron Olson said of Jeglum and Johnson.

Monroe came back in the bottom of the first and tied the score. Cody Boals led off the home half of the first with a booming double to deep right center. Janecke singled and went to second on a throw to the plate, putting runners at second and third. Schuerell singled back up the middle to score Boals and Ben Korth hit in to an RBI fielder's choice.

The Brewers kept the bats alive in the second when Janecke doubled to right to score Boals and Matt Busjahn. Blanchardville plated three runners in the third to take a 5-4 lead after an RBI double by Cleary, a seeing-eye single by Johnson and a pair of wild pitches.

"We played well. Pitching we did well, and we had seven hits and scored seven runs, so that was good," Olson said.

Monroe scored seven runs in the home half of the third on eight hits. Adam Siegenthaler gave the Brewers the lead with a two-RBI bases-loaded single with one out, which knocked Cleary off the mound. Tim McKeon took over for Blanchardville, but allowed four singles through his first five batters.

"(Siegenthaler) got us that nice two-RBI single that gave us the lead. That helped spark us a bit," Schuerell said.

Blanchardville scored two more runs in the sixth, with Monroe getting one back in the bottom half of the same inning.

"This was kind of a good game to play before our big games Saturday and Sunday against Wiota and Argyle. Hopefully it's a nice tune-up and we can play like we did the last few innings," Schuerell said.