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Wild pitch nets walk-off win
Monroes Kramer Henning scores the game-winning run a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh against Evansville Tuesday in a Senior Legion baseball game. Henning had reached on a walk, moved to second on another wild pitch and to third on a Mitch Marty single. Monroe won the game, 2-1. Playoffs start July 23.
MONROE - The Monroe Senior Legion baseball team picked up a walk-off win on a wild pitch Tuesday, at Monroe High School.

Kramer Henning sat at third with no outs in the seventh, but a wild pitch to Taylor Riese allowed Henning to score standing up on a close play at the plate as Monroe knocked off Evansville 2-1.

"I saw the opportunity to go and I took it," Henning said. "I probably should have slid, though."

He led off the inning with a walk, watching two balls slide just out of the zone.

"During warmups I was hitting well, but the first two at bats I couldn't hit (Evansville's) slower pitching," Henning said.

With Mitch Marty batting, Henning swiped second on a passed ball. Marty then followed with a single to left center, putting Henning in prime scoring position at third.

Drew Nafzger started and pitched five solid innings for Monroe. After allowing a leadoff single, Nafzger scattered another hit, a walk and hit two batters while dialing up zeroes against Evansville's hitters.

"When I was warming up before the game I felt good," Nafzger said, who also stuck out three hitters. "So I went out there and threw strikes and got my part of the job done I thought."

Kris Rieder pitched two innings of relief, allowing the game-tying run in the sixth. Rieder struck out the side in order in the seventh and picked up the win.

Marty led off the second with a double and Riese drove him in with a double, putting Monroe up 1-0 early. Monroe managed just four hits and six total baserunners in the contest.

"In our warmups we didn't look good and at the plate we kept on struggling," Nafzger said. "It's getting (to be a long season), but we still have the state baseball tournament yet and we have to keep on going at it."

Monroe's summer home finale is Thursday against McFarland. On July 18, Monroe will travel to Mount Horeb for a makeup game and playoffs start July 23.