Baseball Cards win two of three

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Rob Reischel
Casey Hodgman (9) is swarmed by (from left) Quinn Hodgman and Cooper Holewinski after driving in the game-winning run against Madison West last Saturday./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Middleton’s baseball team proved last Saturday it could beat one of the top teams in the Big Eight Conference.

Now, the Cardinals will try besting one of the best teams in the state — twice.

Middleton edged visiting Madison West, 3-2, in eight innings last Saturday. The Regents entered the game second in the conference.

The Cardinals now face second-ranked and league-leading Janesville Craig twice this week — at home Tuesday and at Craig Thursday.

“We have the talent to beat Janesville Craig,” said Middleton manager Brent Jorgensen, whose team is 8-4 in the conference and 10-4 overall. “We just need to make the most out of our opportunities and play team baseball.”

The Cardinals certainly did that against West.

The teams were tied, 2-2, in the bottom of the eighth when Jacob Meinholz had a leadoff single. Dylan Carrington laid down a sacrifice bunt and pinch runner Matt Esser moved to second.

Casey Hodgman followed with a game-winning single to right that scored Esser.

“Casey Hodgman came through with the game-winning hit and did a great job of moving on from the previous inning,” Jorgensen said. “He had an error in the top of the inning and got down two strikes in his at bat in the final inning, but found a way to be successful and get us the win.”

Middleton trailed, 1-0, when Ben Collier had a two-run single in the third. West tied it in the sixth, before the Cardinals won it in the eighth.

Matt Ballweg worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned). Meinholz then threw the final 2 2/3, struck out five, didn’t allow a run and picked up the win.

“Both starting pitchers (Middleton and West) didn't have their best stuff for the day, but we managed to get ourselves out of several jams and tough spots to come up with the win,” Jorgensen said. “We did a solid job defensively of making plays when they counted and making big pitches in tight spots.

“Jacob Meinholz threw well in relief for us and got us out of a couple of tight spots that could have turned the game in West's favor. I was happy to see both Jacob and Casey succeed in those tight situations.”

Middleton also split a pair of games with visiting Janesville Parker last Thursday.

The Cardinals managed seven hits, but couldn’t plate a run.

Collier threw six innings, allowing two runs and striking out eight. Logan Schultz then threw a perfect seventh, but it wasn’t enough.

“Ben Collier and Logan Schultz threw extremely well for the game,” Jorgensen said. “They kept the ball low, worked the zone really well, and gave us a chance to be in the game all the way through.

“Unfortunately, we just didn't hit the ball very well as a team. They had a soft-tossing left-handed pitcher who kept us off balance, hit the zone all game long, and mixed all of his pitches really well.”

Middleton rebounded, though, with a 4-2 win in the nightcap.

Cooper Holewinski had two RBI, while Hodgman was 2-for-3. Adam Casali, Hodgman, Carrington and Holewinski all had doubles, as well.

Schultz threw 3 2/3 innings of middle relief and was terrific to earn the win. Schultz gave up two hits, no runs and struck out six.

Ballweg then threw a perfect seventh to pick up the save.

“We did a nice job of being aggressive on our base hits and extended two of them into doubles,” Jorgensen said. “We also did a better job of getting runners across the plate with productive outs.

“Cooper Holewinski had two nice at-bats where he hit the ball to locations where we were able to drive in runs, even though it hurt his batting average. Those are the types of plays that made the difference in the ball game for us.”

Now, the Cardinals will hope for big things against mighty Craig this week.

“Overall, we still need to make improvements hitting the baseball,” Jorgensen said. “We've been pretty inconsistent all year with our hitting output numbers and with our number of quality at-bats.

“As we get into even better competition this week against Janesville Craig, I'm hopeful that we can get back to hitting like we were at the very start of the year.”

• Strikeout Cancer: On May 16, the Middleton and Sun Prairie baseball programs will team up for the sixth consecutive year to raise money and support to help strikeout cancer. The teams meet that day in Sun Prairie at 5 p.m.

All proceeds from the game to go the American Family Children's Hospital. Over the last five years, more than $55,000 has been raised. This year’s goal is $15,000.

Hats and T-shirts will be available for purchase at this event. In addition, various raffles will be going on throughout the game.

This year, Middleton will be honoring and supporting a current MHS senior and Kindergartner within our district, as well Sun Prairie’s honorees. All of the people being honored throughout the game are currently in the fight against cancer. 


May 4

Middleton 3, Madison West 2

Madison West ....... 100 001 0 — 2 5 1

Middleton ............ 002 000 x — 3 6 1

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Burgess (2-0-0-0-1), Grosse (5-0-2-4-4), Mackay (1.1-0-1-1-1); Ballweg (5.1-0-2-6-5); Meinholz (2.2-0-0-2-5).

Leading hitters — MW: Treichel 2x4, Baldwin 2x3. 2B — Treichel. MID: 2B — Meinholz.


May 2

Middleton 4, Janesville Parker 2

Middleton ………… 010 0111 — 4  6  2

Parker …………… 002 000 0 — 2  2  1

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Stumpf (2.1-0-1-6-2), Schultz (W; 3.2-0-0-0-6), Ballweg (1-0-0-0-2); Stone (L; 6.1-0-4-2-7); Schneider (0.2-0-0-1-0).

Leading hitters — MID: Hodgman 2x3. 2B — Holewinski, Carrington, Hodgman, Casali. JP: 2B — Stone.


May 2

Janesville Parker 2, Middleton 0

Parker …………. 001 001 0 — 2  9  2

Middleton …….. 000 000 0 — 0  7  1

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Mair (W; 7-0-0-0-1); Collier (L; 6-0-2-0-8); Schultz (1-0-0-2-2).

Leading hitters — JP: Schneider 2x4. 2B — Meyer. MID: Meinholz 2x3.



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