Working count works for Janesville Legion Post 205
JANESVILLE--Brandon Hughes needed to keep his arm loose despite temperatures hovering in the 80s.
The Janesville starting pitcher also knew he was feeling better than his Waterford counterpart.
Hughes' American Legion Post 205 teammates forced Ryan Moritz to throw more than 30 pitches in the first inning. While they didn't score, the long inning proved its impact one frame later when Janesville scored six runs and chased Moritz from the game on the way to an 8-3 victory at Riverside Park.
“If it was me pitching, I would've hated that, and it was great seeing the other guy have to work so hard,” said Hughes, who gave up five hits in five innings and allowed just one earned run to pick up the victory.
Janesville (15-5-1) sent just four batters to the plate in the first inning, but each of them took turns fouling multiple pitches off. Justin Graham and Logan Coulter turned their lengthy at-bats into walks to the delight of those in the Janesville dugout.
In the second inning, Post 205 batted around. The first five batters each reached base and scored, with Ryan Marro delivering an RBI single and Will Theisen adding a two-run base hit.
“I actually went and warmed up a little bit more before the third inning,” Hughes said. “It was great for the team to score some runs and get some insurance for me.”
Austin Christenson relieved Moritz and quieted the Janesville bats for the most part. Post 205 scored its eight runs on just five hits.
Janesville also worked its way around four fielding errors.
“We've just got to clean up the defense a little,” Janesville coach Bob Schenck said. “Brandon had a way better outing. His location was great. We need that going down the home stretch.”
Waterford cut Janesville's lead to 6-2 through the top of the sixth inning, but Post 205 responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to give reliever Hunter Van Zandt a bigger cushion.
Van Zandt struck out six batters in two innings. He allowed one hit, one walk and one unearned run.
Janesville is scheduled to be on the diamond again tonight, hosting Madison Impact at 7 p.m.
Waterford 010 011 0—3
Janesville 060 002 x—8
Van Zandt 2 1 1 0 1 6