Janesville Parker 14, Verona 10
The Wildcats finally opened up their 2013 season with Big 8 Conference opponent Janesville Parker. The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead scoring three runs in the top of the 1st inning, which was highlighted by a two out two RBI single from senior Derek Witte. The Wildcats gave back two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning to make the score 3-2. The Wildcats added another run in the top of the 2nd inning getting another big two out RBI single from junior Jake Armstrong. In the bottom of the 2nd inning the Wildcats allowed 7 unearned runs and found themselves down 9-4. They gave up another 5 unearned runs in bottom of the 4th inning and were in a 14-4 hole. The Wildcats battled back with three runs in the top of the 5th and another three runs in the top of the 6th. Witte contributed another two RBI’s in these innings. Offensively the Wildcats were led by senior Sam Sharer (2×4), freshman Ben Rortvedt (2×3), Witte (2×3), and senior Trevor Kermicle (2×4). On the mound Witte started the game and went 1.1 innings allowing two earned runs on two hits. Junior Ryan Pynnonen pitched .2 innings allowing only one unearned run. Junior John Moynihan worked two innings and did not allow an earned run. Freshman Keaton Knueppel worked two scoreless innings while striking out two batters.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 0-1 in Big 8 Conference play and 0-1 overall.