Middleton's HTL team wins twice

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Rob Reischel
Drew Farrell and Middleton's HTL team won a pair of games last weekend./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld


Must win games in the Home Talent League are still a couple of weeks away when the playoffs begin.

But that’s not how Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand approached Sunday’s game with Waunakee.

“I really felt that this was a must win game for us,” Hellenbrand said.

Fortunately for Hellenbrand and his team, they delivered.

Middleton scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth and rallied past Waunakee, 4-3.

Middleton also hammered Richland Center, 14-4, last Friday and improved to 10-4 in the Northern Section’s East Division. Black Earth lost to Ashton Sunday, but the Bombers still lead the division at 10-3.

“I was happy with the way we swung the bat,” Hellenbrand said. “Some days you just have to keep battling and sticking with it and the big hit will happen.”

Middleton’s big hits came in the ninth.

Brandon Scheidler singled to start the inning, then Josh Hinson hit a rocket to left for a single that skipped under the left fielder’s glove. That allowed Scheidler to score the tying run and Hinson advanced to second.  

An intentional walk to Andrew Zimmerman put runners at first and second with no outs, then A.J. Redders dropped a perfect sacrifice bunt down the third base line. When the throw to first base was high, Hinson scored the winning run.

“I thought that we played a little too relaxed most of the game and just needed something to spark us,” Hellenbrand said.

Waunakee built a 3-0 lead after 4 ½ innings before Middleton came to life.

In the fifth, Middleton loaded the bases with two outs. Then Zimmerman doubled to left center to score Matt Brabender and Brandon Scheidler.

It stayed that way until Middleton’s big ninth inning rally.

Drew Farrell went the distance for Middleton and earned the win. Farrell gave up nine hits, struck out seven and walked two.

“Farrell threw another excellent game for us,” Hellenbrand said. “Anytime I feel that he can keep an opponent to three runs or less, I feel we should always come out with a win.”

Things were a lot easier Friday when Middleton routed Richland Center.

Eric Simon got the win, throwing 7 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking one.

Offensively, Kevin Dubler finished 3-for-3 with a double, a home run and two RBI. Cole Cook was 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, Hinson had a home run and two hits, and Zimmerman had two hits and two RBI.

“Eric Simon threw a good game as always,” Hellenbrand said. “Every time that we put Eric out there, we know he is going to give it his best and leave every last ounce out on the field. He is a guy that constantly throws strikes and loves to compete.”

Zimmerman had a two-run single in the first. Then after Richland Center trimmed Middleton’s lead to 2-1 in the top of the second, Middleton erupted for four in the second. Dubler’s two-run home run was the big blow in that frame.

Cook’s RBI single in the third scored Zimmerman to make it 7-1. And after Richland Center scored a solo run in the fifth, Matt Brabender had an RBI in the bottom of the inning to make it 8-2.

Middleton made it 10-2 in the sixth on RBI from Redders and Cook. Then after Richland Center closed to 10-4 in the top of the eighth, Middleton ended things with four runs in the bottom of the frame.

Dubler walked to start the inning and Josh Hinson followed with a two-run home run to left. Zimmerman walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, then Redders had an RBI single. Cook then singled and Tomas Chardon followed with a double to bring in Redders and end the game.

“This was an all around team win,” Hellenbrand said. “We really hit the ball well from start to finish.”

• On deck: Middleton is at Ashton Sunday at 1 p.m. in a critical game for the divisional championship and playoff seeding.

The HTL All-Star game will also be held Friday at Warner Park at 7 p.m. Drew Farrell will represent Middleton.

• Cross Plains 10, Montello 1 — The Businessmen improved to 6-6 with an easy win. Will Doherty had four RBI for Cross Plains and Kenny Allen notched the win.

• Ashton 10, Black Earth 2 — Host Ashton scored nine runs in the third inning and rolled past the division-leading Bombers. Derek Prochaska had a home run, a double and three RBI.


Middleton 4, Waunakee 3

Waunakee ………..…….. 002 010 000 — 3 9 2

Middleton …………..….. 000 020 002 — 4 7 0

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Siehoff (6-3-2-3-0), Pulera (L; 2-4-1-3-1); Drew Farrell (W; 9-9-3-2-7).

Leading hitters — Waunakee — Cefalu (2x3), Ripp (3x4); Middleton — S. Brabender (2x3).

2B — Cefalu; Zimmerman.


Cross Plains 10, Montello 1

Montello …………..…… 000 010 000 — 1 7 3

Cross Plains ……….….. 020 304 10x — 10 16 0

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Morgan (L; 5-10-5-0-1), N. Polcyn (3-6-4-2-1); Allen (W; 9-7-1-0-6).

Leading hitters — Montello — Morgan (2x4), M. Polcyn (2x4); Cross Plains — Burmeister (3x5), Layton (3x4), Meinholz (2x2), Allen (3x5), B. Lochner (2x4), Doherty (2x5).

3B — Doherty. 2B — M. Polcyn.


Ashton 10, Black Earth 2

Black Earth …………… 001 100 000 — 2 7 2

Ashton ……………… 009 010 00x — 10 14 0

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Donaldson (L; 2-6-7-2-1), L. Hoeschele (1-1-0-1-3), Hering (3-5-1-1-1), Duhr (2-2-0-1-1); Heise (W; 6-4-2-1-3), Haack (3-3-0-2-2).

Leading hitters — Black Earth — Lobenstein (2x4), Moriarity (2x4); Ashton — Prochaska (2x3), Novinski (4x5).

HR — Moriarity; Prochaska, Page. 2B — Prochaska, Hagstrom.

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