By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Monticello picks up first win
Placeholder Image
SOUTH WAYNE - The Ponies were able to pick up their first win of the season with a 16-3 routing of the Black Hawk baseball team on Tuesday. Troubles on the mound by the visiting Warriors allowed Monticello to load up the bases and score in bunches.

The first half of the game was an even match between the two teams, as the Ponies led by a score of 4-3 by the end of the fourth. But between the sixth and seventh innings, Monticello was able to score 11 to run away with the win.

Lucas Marty got the win for Monticello at the mound, pitching five innings, allowing three earned runs, while striking out six. The senior helped his cause offensively by batting 3-for-6 at the plate.

Fourteen walks by the Warriors pitching staff plagued the team's chances of keeping the game close in the later innings. On offense, both Heath Butler and Tayler Rupnow each recorded doubles.

Albany 4, Argyle 3

ALBANY - Five errors by the Argyle baseball team allowed the host Comets to capitalize on a slew of opportunities and hold on for the 4-3 conference win. For Orioles coach Chuck Bredeson, untimely mistakes have been a problem area for his team as of late.

"We've been making some mental mistakes in our games," he said. "And tonight I think it's finally starting to catch up to us. These errors cost us in big situations tonight."

Argyle got on the board first at the top of the second inning, but by the bottom of the sixth, all things started to unfold. An error in centerfield allowed the Comets to tie the game, and after holding Argyle's offense scoreless in the final inning, Albany was able to muster one run to end with the victory.

"I thought we put the ball in play quite a bit," Comets coach Brandon Bakken said. "It was only a matter of time until we completed some runs."

Mitchell Kauk threw all seven innings for Albany. The senior struck out seven batters in the process.

"He (Kauk) was lights out for us tonight," Bakken said. "He pitched well enough for us to get the victory, (but) he is a key player for us and how we perform."

Junior Clinton Sullivan and Cole Trapp led the way for the Comets' bats. Sullivan finished 2-for-4 with a double, while Trapp was 2-for-3 including the game winning hit.

For Argyle, Colton Ploessl and Kyle Olson each went 2-for-3.

Barneveld 2, Pecatonica 1

BARNEVELD - In a close Six Rivers Eastern Conference showdown, the Barneveld Golden Eagles outlasted the visiting Vikings to win 2-1.

Already trailing by two runs at the start of the seventh inning, the Vikings were able to get the bases loaded, but only managed to score one run to fall just short.

"Tonight's game was a pitcher's duel," Pecatonica coach Jim Strommen said. "Drew (Schliem) pitched very well for us, and he has been keeping us in some close games. (But) we didn't swing the bat that well tonight, and any time you only score once, it makes it hard to win."

Schliem pitched six innings, allowing one hit, one run, while striking out seven batters. To help his efforts on the mound, the junior also went 2-for-4 with a double at the plate.

Darlington 9, Boscobel 0

BOSCOBEL - To say Jason Singer is comfortable pitching a baseball game at Boscobel is an understatement. In almost an instance of deja vu, the Redbirds ace threw his second no-hitter in just as many years at Boscobel in a 9-0 shutout over the host Bulldogs.

Singer walked only three batters while striking out 11 in his seven-inning performance.

"It's nice to have that kind of command and stability on the mound," Darlington coach Matt Austin said. "It was kind of a repeat of last year's performance, which was cool."

Despite his performance on the mound, Singer had plenty of run support on offense. Cole McDonald (2-for-3), Cade Hardyman (2-for-3), Jesse Sturtz (2-for-4), and Slade Norton (2-for-4) all helped the Redbirds compile 12 hits in the game. Singer himself also went 2-for-3 with a double.

Luther Prep 18,

New Glarus 1

NEW GLARUS - The New Glarus baseball team was blasted by the visiting Phoenix, losing in five innings 18-1.

Luther Prep amassed 13 of their runs in the first three innings of work, while the Knights scored their lone run in the first inning.

"They (Luther Prep) hit the ball really well," Knights coach Ross Eddy said. "There wasn't a whole lot that we could really do defensively. They were being picky and smart with their pitches. They are a good team, and unfortunately for us, they were locked in tonight."

Patrick Elzen went 2-for-3 with a double and Gavin Binger was 2-for-2 to lead the Knights.