Stoughton falls to Orfordville, other scores
The Orfordville Orioles worked overtime Sunday in Home Talent League baseball, and there was big payoff at the end.
Three runs in the top of the 10th inning gave visiting Orfordville an 8-5 victory over previously unbeaten Stoughton, the West Division leader in the Southeast Section.
While the loss dropped Stoughton to 11-1, the Orioles stayed in playoff contention by climbing to third place in the West at 8-4—a half-game behind second-place Albion.
Stoughton’s four-run seventh inning gave the Merchants a 5-2 lead over Orfordville, but the Orioles battled back with a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to force extra innings. B.J. Cook’s three-run double with one out highlighted the Orioles’ decisive 10th.
Orfordville also got home runs from Ty Martin and Brent Cashore. In addition to Cook’s three RBIs, Martin drove in two Oriole runs.
Cashore and Trevor Wallace each had three hits for Orfordville, while teammate Mike Jacobs came off the bench to get two hits.
Joe Lange struck out 10 and withstood nine Stoughton hits in pitching complete game to get the victory.
Other Southeast action:
-- Albion 6, Evansville 1—Matt Buhrow allowed only one hit in 6 1/3 innings as Albion avenged a 1-0 defeat against visiting Evansville to take over undisputed second place at 8-3 in the West Division.
Chad Rasmussen’s infield hit on a ground ball to the shortstop with one out in the seventh was Evansville’s only hit off Buhrow, who was then relieved because of a sore elbow. Josh Eastman finished for the Tigers on the mound and allowed only two more hits.
Evansville gained a 1-0 lead in the first inning without getting a hit. After two walks and a sacrifice, Mike Maves put down a bunt to squeeze home Danny Crans, but that was the Jays’ only scoring as they fell to 5-7 in the West.
Aaron Laskowski walked and scored on infielder grounder to tie it in the bottom of the first. Trevor Kinnett’s leadoff home run to right field in second gave Albion the lead for good.
The Tigers put the game out of reach in a four-run sixth. Marty Johnson walked with the bases loaded and nobody out to make it 3-1. After a double play, Adam Gregory’s single on an 0-2 pitch drove in two runs, and Gregory scored on Jesse Appel’s single.
-- Fort Atkinson 14, Jefferson 7—Fort Atkinson (9-3) rallied from a 3-1 deficit after three innings to dominate Jefferson (6-6) and gain a three-game lead over the second-place Blue Devils in the East Division.
Josh Crandall drove in five runs with two doubles and a single to lead the Generals. Nate Pfeifer added two RBIs for the winners, and teammate Mike Knutson had three doubles and two singles.
-- Deerfield 4, Whitewater 0—Mike Hommen pitched a no-hitter in leading Deerfield (4-8) to an East Division win over Whitewater (3-9).
The Swingers got two walks off Hommen, but they struck out seven times. Hommen also had two of Deerfield’s eight hits.