15s, 14s sweep
The Janesville 15-year-old all-star team is sitting pretty after knocking out 23 hits and winning its first two games in the State Babe Ruth tournament at Eau Claire.
The local team defeated Marinette, 10-9, Wednesday morning and then routed Ashland, 10-4, Wednesday night.
“We’re sitting in the catbird’s seat now,” Coach Pat Campbell said.
Janesville plays Northwoods at 4 p.m. today. The game can be viewed by going to www.ifan.tv, and clicking on the Babe Ruth tournament link.
Janesville built a 7-0 lead against Marinette. Marinette rallied with three runs in the fifth and six in the sixth to take a 9-7 lead. Janesville responded with a three-run sixth, capped by Tyler Brooks’ two-run single.
Ryan Marro came in to pitch in relief of Colin Frey in the sixth inning and got the win.
Marro also picked up the victory in the victory over Ashland. He started and pitched the first five innings, striking out six. Adam Greene, who will start today’s game against Northwoods, pitched the final two scoreless innings.
Janesville had to rally from a 4-1 deficit. The local squad wiped out that deficit with a seven-run fourth inning. Tyler Campbell had a two-run single, Keaton Eichman had a two-run double and Brooks had an RBI double in the big inning.
“We’re hitting the ball right now,” Campbell said. “If we minimize the walks, and keep swinging like we are, we will be in good shape.”
JANESVILLE 10, MARINETTE 9
Marinette 000 036 0—9 16 3
Janesville 222 103 x—10 14 4
Pelonea, Eldridge (4) and Eldridge, Lewandowski (4); Frey, Marro (6) and Haney.
Leading hitters—Fish (J) 2x3, Frey (J) 2x3, Greene (J) 3x4, Haney (J) 3x4. 2B—Campbell (J).
SO—Pelonea (M) 5, Eldridge (M) 2, Frey (J) 7, Marro (J) 5. BB—Pelonea 2, Eldridge 1, Frey 2, Marro 1.
JANESVILLE 10, ASHLAND 4
Ashland 021 100 0—4 3 3
Janesville 100 711 x—10 9 2
Harnisch, Huybrecht (4) and Mrejenovich, Harnisch (4); Marro, Greene (6) and Haney.
Leading hitters—Schools (A) 2x3, Brooks (J) 2x3. 2B—Brooks (J), Eichman (J).
SO—Harnisch (A) 4, Huybrecht (A) 2, Marro (J) 6, Greene (J) 3. BB—Harnisch 3, Huybrecht 2, Marro 3, Greene 1.
14s win twice
The Janesville 14-year-olds defeated host Marinette, 7-0, and Green Bay, 11-1, in the first day of the Babe Ruth State Tournament.
Coach Tom Davey’s squad plays D.C. Everest at 6:30 p.m. today.
In the opener, Kory Quade pitched the final six innings, and Janesville used a five-run fourth inning to break open the game against Marinette.
Nathan Hoag went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Troy Malmanger added a two-run double to key the five-run inning.
Malmanger then pitched a five-inning no-hitter against Green Bay in the second game.
William Theisen and Adam Catacutan each had two hits.
Hoag drove in the first run in a nine-run third inning with a triple. Brandon Hughes had an RBI double, and Catacutan had two singles in the inning, with the second hit scoring two runs.
Green Bay scored its run with the help of two Janesville errors.
JANESVILLE 7, MARINETTE 0
Marinette 000 000 0—0 2 2
Janesville 001 510 x—7 6 0
Powers, Deloet (5) and Beland; Powers (1), Quade (2) and MacDougall.
Leading hitters—Hoag (J) 2x3. 2B—Deloep (M), Quade (J).
SO—Powers (M) 1, Powers (J) 2, Quade (J) 9. BB—Powers (M) 3, Deloet (M) 1, Powers 2, Quade 3.
JANESVILLE 11, GREEN BAY 1
Green Bay 001 00—1 0 3
Janesville 009 2x—11 9 3
Stuckert, Nitti (3), Basten (4) and Van Ess; Malmanger and MacDougall.
Leading hitters—Theisen (J) 2x2, Catacutan (J) 2x3. 2B—Hughes (J). 3B—Hoag (J).
SO—Stuckert (GB) 2, Nitti (GB) 1, Malmanger (J) 1. BB—Stuckert 2, Nitti 2, Malmanger 3.
13s open with victory
The Janesville 13-year-old all-stars defeated Wausau, 8-4, in their opening state tournament game at Sauk Prairie on Wednesday night.
“We really played well,” said Coach Ron Kobs. “Our pitchers pitched well.”
Janesville plays Eau Claire at 7:30 p.m. today.
Kevin Brandt pitched the first four innings to earn the victory. Nick Blomgren came in and overpowered Wausau with seven strikeouts in the final three innings.
“They couldn’t touch his fastball,” Kobs said.
Kobs said the team utilized “smallball,” as Wyatt Olson executed a safety squeeze in the fourth inning.
McCauley Cox also contributed a key triple.
JANESVILLE 8, WAUSAU 4
Wausau 000 310 0—4 5 3
Janesville 101 312 x—8 11 0
Brandt, Blomgren (5).
Leading hitters—Wyss (J) 2x4, Blomgren (J) 2x4.
SO—Brandt (J) 4, Blomgren (J) 7. BB—Brandt 5.