Ashton's HTL team topples Monona

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By: 
Dennis Semrau/Special to the Times-Tribune

MONONA — Shane Adler delivered a timely run-scoring single in the first inning, but he didn’t stop there.

In fact, four proved to be Adler’s lucky number and he led Ashton to a 5-2 victory over host Monona in the first round of the Home Talent League round-robin championship amateur baseball series at Murphy Anthony Field on Sunday.

Adler, who started in center field and closed out on the victory on the mound, finished with four hits, four RBI and pitched four stellar innings to earn a save in relief of starter and winning pitcher Kevin Peternell.

“That’s what he’s supposed to do,” Ashton manager Dave Adler, said of his son. “He picked it up for a few other guys. Maybe next week it’s someone else’s turn.”

Ashton (14-6) will play at Fort Atkinson — which rallied past previously unbeaten Verona to earn a 4-3 victory in the other first-round game — in the second round at Jones Field next Sunday.

“You’re playing teams you don’t really know,” said Shane Adler, whose RBI single in the top of the first inning scored Peternell. “I haven’t played Monona in my career. You come out here not knowing what to expect. It’s always good to jump out on them in the first inning. It kind of settles everyone down.”

Ashton made it 2-0 in the second inning when Tanner Meinholz lined a one-out double to left-center field and scored on Nick Maier’s single to left field.

Meanwhile, Peternell retired eight batters in a row spanning the first through fourth innings and 10 of 11 to keep Monona at bay.

“He’s a gritty guy,” Ashton catcher Kevin Drunasky said of Peternell, who threw 88 pitches during his five innings of work. “Today was kind of unique vs. the last few weeks when we played teams we know. A team like this we don’t play ever so working  to these hitters, you’ve really got to work with the pitchers even more and communicate with them more.”

Ashton padded its lead in the top of the fifth when Peternell reached base on an infield single with two outs, moved to second on Gowan’s bunt single and scored on Shane Adler’s single to center field.

“We just keep playing our ball,” Ashton first baseman Josh Adler said. “We don’t try to overthink and just have fun.”

Monona pulled within 3-2 on Louie Joseph’s two-out, two-run single to right field in the Braves half of the frame.

Erik Massey lined a single off of Peternell’s right leg to help set up the rally. But Peternell remained in the game and was later able to retire Aaron Schmidt on a fly ball to Jackson Keeler in right field to end the inning.

“I thought it was up the middle,” Peternell said of the drive that ricocheted off his leg, just inches above his ankle. “We come in and huddle up and (the Ashton infielders) said, ‘Why didn’t you just use your glove or get out of the way. We had a perfect double play?’

Peternell, who said his leg was fine, cracked a wide smile.

“I said, ‘Sorry guys, my ankle was three inches wide. Sorry I couldn’t move it,’ ” Peternell said. “I was just lucky enough it hit me, unfortunately.”

That was all the offense Monona could muster, though.

Shane Adler relieved Peternell to open the sixth inning and allowed just two walks and one hit to stymie the Braves the rest of the way. Adler also finished with four strikeouts, including pinch hitter Collin Crim to end the game.

“They made more timely hits than we did. They strung a few hits together. It seemed like they had a guy on just about every inning,” Massey said of Ashton. “They did a nice job. They were patient at the plate. They took advantage of some mistakes today.”

Shane Adler drove in a pair of insurance runs in the top of the ninth inning with a two-out single that scored Keeler and Nick Maier, who had reached base on back-to-back singles with one out.

“They pitched well, they defended well and they came up with the clutch hits,” Monona manager Greg Strangstalien said of Ashton. “We had our chances, but (Adler) came in and shut us down.”

Ashton also played flawless defense with Josh Adler finishing with 14 putouts and an assist and Maier recording five assists and a putout.

“They weren’t in scoring position a lot today,” Dave Adler said of Monona. “The defense had a lot to do with it.”

Maier agreed.

“Defense wins championships. We’ve had good defense all year long,” said Maier, who also had two hits along with Kasey Miller. “We’re here to repeat, back-to-back (championships).”

 

Ashton …………….. 110 010 002 – 5 12 0

Monona …………….. 000 020 000 – 2  5  1

Pitching (IP-H-ER-BB-K): Ashton – Peternell (W, 5-4-2-2-0), S. Adler (S, 4-1-0-2-4). Monona – Najacht (L, 9-12-4-3-2).

Leading hitting: Ashton – S. Adler (4x5), Miller (2x4), Maier (2x4).

2B – Meinholz, Carlson.

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