August 2017

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Middleton's HTL team wins playoff opener

The Middleton 29ers have enjoyed a memorable Home Talent League season, to date.

Middleton went 14-2 during the regular season. The 29ers won the Northern Section’s Eastern Division. And Middleton was a No. 1 seed in the postseason.

But midway through the 29ers’ first round playoff game with Waunakee Sunday, they held a tenuous 2-1 lead. And Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand had a simple message for his team.

“It doesn’t matter what happened the last 16 games,” Hellenbrand said. “Now, its win or go home.”

Middleton wasn’t ready to have its season stopped.

The 29ers erupted for five runs in the sixth inning and seven more in the seventh and drilled visiting Waunakee, 14-2. Middleton improved to 15-2 overall and will host Black Earth (9-8) in the second round of the postseason Sunday at 1 p.m.

“Our bats came alive and we rolled the rest of the game,” Hellenbrand said.

Boy did they ever.