Middleton 9 Verona 4
Not even a strong hitting and pitching performance from Connor Volker could carry the Verona Area Wildcats Varsity past Middleton at Stampfl Field on Tuesday as the Verona Area Wildcats Varsity suffered a 9-4 defeat.
The Verona Area Wildcats Varsity were led by Connor’s hitting. Connor went 2-4 and scored one run. He doubled in the second inning and singled in the fourth inning.
Connor showed great command of his pitches, allowing no walks. The Verona Area Wildcats Varsity’s pitcher pitched five innings, allowing one earned run and six hits while striking out one.
Garrett Knudtson got the win for Middleton. He allowed four runs over seven innings. Garrett struck out four, walked three and gave up 14 hits.
Keaton Knueppel took the loss for the Verona Area Wildcats Varsity. He lasted just two innings, walked one, struck out one, and allowed five runs.
The top of the first saw Middleton take an early lead, 1-0. Jackson started the rally for Middleton with a single. A single by Luke then moved Jackson from first to second. Elliot Tanin singled, bringing home Jackson.
The Verona Area Wildcats Varsity quickly matched Middleton’s strong inning with a one-run inning of their own in the first. The Verona Area Wildcats Varsity scored on an RBI single by Keaton.
Middleton didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring four runs in the second inning when it scored on an RBI double by Jackson, an error, a sacrifice fly by Kasey Miller, and an RBI single by Luke.
The Verona Area Wildcats Varsity scored one run in each of the second, fourth and seventh. In the second, the Verona Area Wildcats Varsity scored on a groundout by Jake Toman, scoring Connor.
Middleton tacked on another three runs in the third. Jackson singled, bringing home Brennan Maly to start the inning.
One run in the bottom of the seventh helped the Verona Area Wildcats Varsity close their deficit to 9-4. An error gave the Verona Area Wildcats Varsity life. Middleton closed the game out when Garrett got Connor to fly out.