Baseball Cards battling back

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Rob Reischel
Joel Ticknor and Middleton’s baseball team are playing much better than earlier this season./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

The start wasn’t pretty.

But Middleton’s baseball team is digging itself out of an early hole.

The Cardinals won three of four games last week, including a pair of Big Eight Conference games.

Middleton won at Beloit Memorial, 3-1, last Tuesday and routed visiting Madison East, 15-2, last Friday. The Cardinals then split a doubleheader with Bay Port last Saturday, winning the opener, 4-2, and dropping the nightcap, 6-4.

Middleton is now 6-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big Eight Conference.

“The way we started, it was a good recovery,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said. “Now, we need to keep making things happen.

• Middleton 3, Beloit Memorial 1 — Derek Reisdorf threw a complete game, four-hitter to power the Cardinals past the Purple Knights last Tuesday. Reisdorf allowed just one earned run, struck out two and walked two.

“Derek pitched a whale of a game,” Schmitt said. “He kept them off balance.

“He’s a pitch to contact kind of kid. We’re getting a little more consistent play defensively, and when the pitchers throw strikes, it keeps the defense in the game.”

Joel Ticknor went 2-for-3 for the Cardinals, while Alan Roden — who is batting .500 on the year — was 2-for-4.

Middleton grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Ticknor walked with one out and Roden singled. Ticknor scored on an error and Roden scored on a sacrifice.

Middleton added a run in the seventh when Roden drove home Josh Acker.

Beloit scored once in the bottom of the seventh, but Reisdorf escaped further damage.

• Middleton 15, Madison East 2 (5) — The Cardinals scored at least three runs in every inning and rolled in a game that was stopped after five innings due to the 10-run rule.

Alan Roden was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and had two RBI, while Nick Michaels was 2-for-2 with a triple and three RBI. Josh Acker scored three runs, Liam Belleveau scored two runs and Luke Ballweg had two RBI.

Brady Schmitt earned the win, allowing no earned runs in five innings. Schmitt struck out five and walked just one.

“It’s good we were able to score that many because the rain came,” Schmitt said. “It was good to get the hits going and take advantage of their errors and walks.”

• Game 1: Middleton 4, Bay Port 2 — The Cardinals scored three runs in the first inning, raced to a 4-0 lead and held on.

Jimmy Frusciante allowed just one earned run in five innings to pick up the win. Luke Ballweg threw the final two innings and picked up the save.

“Jimmy was able to spot and locate a few more pitches,” Schmitt said.

Liam Belleveau led the offense going 3-for-4.

Middleton loaded the bases in the first inning on base hits from Belleveau, Joel Ticknor and Alan Roden. Zach Shipley drew a walk that scored Belleveau, and Ticknor and Roden both scored on errors before the frame was over.

Brady Schmitt walked and scored in the second, and the Cardinals’ pitching did the rest.

• Bay Port 6, Middleton 4 — The Pirates raced to a 5-0 lead after two innings and survived a late Middleton rally.

Middleton’s Josh Stumpf was outstanding in relief, allowing just one earned run over the final 4.2 innings to keep the Cardinals in the game.

Alan Roden had a big day for Middleton, going 2-for-4 with three RBI. Liam Belleveau went 2-for-2 with a run scored and drew two walks.

Middleton scored twice in the seventh inning and had the tying runs on base. But Bay Port escaped to win the nightcap.

“The seventh inning we put a little rally together,” Schmitt said. “It looked like we might catch them.”

• On deck: Middleton’s game with Madison Memorial Tuesday was postponed and was scheduled to be played on Wednesday. Middleton is then at Sun Prairie Thursday at 5 p.m. and hosts Madison West Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

Middleton 3, Beloit Memorial 1

Middleton …………… 200 000 1 — 3 6 2

Beloit Memorial …….. 000 000 1 — 1 4 2

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — M: Reisdorf (W; 7-4-1-2-2); BM: Betancourt (L; 6-5-1-2-7), Ovist (1-1-0-1-0).

Leading hitters — M: Ticknor 2x3, Roden 2x4; BM: Porter 2x3. 2B — Michaels (M); Porter (BM).

 

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