Craig gets past La Follette

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Gazette Staff
April 15, 2012
— Janesville Craig baseball coach Vic Herbst said Saturday’s 5-3 Big Eight Conference victory at Madison La Follette was anything but pretty.

“This was probably our worst performance of the year,” Herbst said. “We won ugly today.”

The Cougars, though, were good enough to improve to 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big Eight.

Craig rode a fast start to the win, scoring three runs in the first and one in the second to take a 4-0 lead. It stayed that way until the sixth inning, when La Follette scored all of its runs on Marty Pollard’s three-run home run.

The Cougars’ three-run first inning was highlighted by Brandon Luebke’s two-run double to right-center. Cameron Wright scored earlier on a double steal.

In the second, Wright hit a one-out single, stole second, and scored on a double by Riley Quinn.

Craig’s final run came in the seventh. Dalton Johns led off with a walk. After a pitching change, Wright laid down a sacrifice bunt along the third-base line. Johns continued to third on the throw to first, then sped home when the first baseman threw over the head of the catcher, who was covering third.

“It was great heads-up baserunning,” Herbst said of Johns. “That was fun to watch on our end.”

Luebke earned the victory, pitching 5 2/3 innings, and Brandon Hughes picked up the save by throwing the final 1 1/3 innings.

Craig returns to action at 5 p.m. Tuesday against Madison Memorial at Riverside Park.


Craig (ab-r-h-rbi)—Wright, cf, 2-2-1-0; Quinn, 2b, 4-0-1-1; D. Hoskins, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Hughes, 1b, 2-1-0-0; Blomgren, ss, 3-1-0-0; Luebke, p, 3-0-1-2; Marro, c, 2-0-0-0; Campbell, rf, 2-0-0-0; Eichman, rf, 1-0-0-0; Hoag, lf, 2-0-0-0; Johns, lf, 0-1-0-0. Totals: 24-5-4-3.

La Follette (ab-r-h-rbi)—Anderson, p, 4-1-1-0; Teuscher, 3b, 1-1-0-0; Huemmer, cf, 4-0-1-0; Pollard, lf, 3-1-1-3; Ricci, rf, 2-0-0-0; Espinosa, 1b, 1-0-0-0; Seelow, c, 3-0-0-0; Landendorf, dh, 3-0-0-0; Verhage, 2b, 0-0-0-0; Harrington, ss, 2-0-0-0; Nelson, ph, 0-0-0-0. Totals: 23-3-3-3.

Janesville Craig 310 000 1—5

Madison La Follette 000 003 0—3

E—Craig 1, La Follette 2. LOB—Craig 4, La Follette 5. SB—Craig 3 (Wright, Quinn, Hughes), La Follette 1 (Teuscher). 2B—Quinn (C), Hoskins (C), Luebke (C). HR—Pollard (L).


Luebke (W) 5 2/3 3 3 0 3 4

Hughes (S) 1 1/3 0 0 0 3 1

La Follette

Anderson (L) 1 1 3 1 3 0

Verhage 3 2 1 1 0 5

Bernhagen 2 1 1 0 1 1

Matthews 1 0 0 0 0 0

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