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Rob Reischel
Drew Finley-Haag and Middleton’s baseball team rolled past Janesville Parker last Wednesday./File photo

They received a one-hitter from their ace.

They had a terrific day at the plate, with 12 total hits, including three of the extra base variety.

And their defense was solid throughout.

Middleton’s baseball team kicked off its season in style last Wednesday, rolling past host Janesville Parker, 5-1.

“The guys played well, which was good to see,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said. “We were pretty good in all areas.”

The Cardinals had a rough 2015, in which they went just 10-16. So Schmitt and his team wanted nothing more than to start fast in 2016.
Middleton did that by excelling in every area.

Senior Alec Morrison was sensational on the mound, allowing just one run and one hit in six innings. Morrison struck out nine, walked two and faced just 19 batters — one over the minimum.

“He had great command,” Schmitt said of Morrison. “He was able to locate his curveball. He mixed all four pitches pretty well, and he threw his fastball in spots and locations he needed to.”

Middleton’s offense did its part, as well.

In the third, senior second baseman Hunter Bindl singled and stole second. Then with two outs, Cardinals left-handed hitting catcher Alen Roden ripped a home run to right field off Parker lefty Hunter Van Zandt.

“Alan’s not a workout freak, but he’s a strong, natural kid,” Schmitt said. “He’s one of those smart, steady kids that doesn’t get rattled.”

Middleton added a pair of runs in the fourth inning. Bindl had an RBI single and Brennan Schmitt had a sacrifice fly.

Then in the seventh, Drew Finley-Haag had an RBI single that scored Roden.

Bindl worked a scoreless seventh in relief of Morrison.

“It was a good start, but it’s just one game,” Schmitt said. “We need to keep it going.”

• On deck: Middleton was scheduled to host Verona Monday and was at Madison East Tuesday. The Cardinals are at Madison La Follette Thursday at 5 p.m., then host Sun Prairie Saturday at 2 p.m.

“We’ve got a lot of good tests this week,” Schmitt said. “We need to get some wins.”


April 6

Middleton 5, Janesville Parker 1

Middleton ……………. 002 200 1 — 5

Janesville Parker ……………. 100 000 0 — 1


MIDDLETON (ab-r-h-rbi) — Monreal 3-0-0-0; Kelliher, ph, 1-0-0-0; Schmitt, 3b, 3-0-0-1, Roden, c, 4-2-2-2, Kouba, rf, 3-0-0-0; Finley-Haag, cf, 4-0-3-1, Morrison, p, 4-0-3-0; Arias, cr, 0-0-0-0; Tickner, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Belleveau, lf, 2-1-1-0; Shipley, dh, 4-0-1-0; Ross, 1b, 0-0-0-0; Ziegler, pr, 0-1-0-0; Bindl, 2b-p, 3-1-2-1. Totals: 30-5-12-5.

PARKER (ab-r-h-rbi) — Bailey, cf, 1-0-0-0; Birkett, 2b, 3-1-0-0; Yerke, 1b, 3-0-1-1; Powers, c, 3-0-0-0; Bohlman, 3b, 2-0-0-0; Perkins, ph, 1-0-0-0; Garvoille, rf, 2-0-0-0; H. Schneider, dh, 2-0-0-0; Van Zandt, p, 0-0-0-0; N. Schneider, p, 0-0-0-0; Schaitel, ss, 2-0-0-0; Hendricks, lf, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 21-1-1-1.

2B—Morrison 2, Yerke. HR—Roden. E—Middleton 1, Parker 2. LOB—Middleton 9, Parker 3. DP—Middleton 1. SB—Bindl, Ziegler. SF—Schmitt.


Pitching (IP-H-R-ER-SO-BB)


Morrison — 6-1-1-1-9-2

Bindl — 1-0-0-0-1-1



Van Zandt — 5-9-4-4-1-4

N. Schneider — 2-3-1-1-1-1



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