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Janesville Craig utilizes basics to wear down West

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Gazette staff
May 3, 2012
— Craig High stuck to its winning script Wednesday and posted a 6-1 victory over Madison West in a Big Eight Conference baseball game at Riverside Park.

The game was originally slated for Madison on Tuesday but was moved to Janesville on Wednesday because of unplayable conditions on the West diamond.


Craig starter Colin Frey held West to three hits through six innings walked one and notched five strikeouts for the win. Reliever Bret Pickarts pitched a perfect seventh inning to seal the victory.


The Cougars improved to 9-1 in the Big Eight and 11-2 overall.


“That’s been our ‘MO,’ Craig coach Victor Herbst said. “Good strong pitching and good strong defense give a us a good chance to win.’’


The Cougars banged out 10 hits, including Dalton Johns’ 4-for-4 performance.


“Johns got a bunt single and three infield singles,” Herbst said. “It was fun watching him run the bases.’’


Craig scored single runs in the first and third inning, and rallied for three runs in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Riley Quinn smacked a two-run single, and Cameron Wright added an RBI single in the fourth.


West’s lone run was unearned. A walk, sacrifice bunt, passed ball and ball in the dirt on a third strike produced the Regents’ run.


“It was the only time in the game that a West runner made it to third base,” Herbst said.


Craig hosts Verona at 5 p.m. today at Riverside Park.


CRAIG 6, WEST 1

Craig (ab-rh-rbi)—Wright, cf, 4-1-1-1; Luebke, 1b, 2-0-1-1; Quinn, 2b, 4-1-1-2; Hughes, dh, 3-0-1-1; Frey, p, 0-0-0-0; Pickarts, p, 0-0-0-0; Blomgren, ss, 4-0-0-0; D. Hoskins, 3b, 4-0-0-0; Marro, c, 2-0-0-0; Campbell, ph, 0-0-0-0; Hoag, lf, 3-1-1-0; Feggestad, lf, 1-0-1-0; Johns, rf, 4-3-4-0. Totals: 31-6-10-5.


West (ab-r-h-rbi)—Marcus, 2-1-0-0; Westring, ss, 2-0-1-0; Brown, cf, 3-0-0-0; Fleischman, p, 2-0-0-0; Larson, p, 1-0-0-0; Beyers, dh, 3-0-0-0; Kutchenbecker, rf, 2-0-1-0; Hom, 1b, 3-0-1-0; Mascitti, c, 3-0-0-0; James, 3b, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 23-1-3-0.


Janesvlle Craig 101 301 x—6


Madison West 001 000 0—1


E—Craig 1, West 1. LOB—Craig 10, West 4. Sac—Wright, Westring. SB—Johns 2, Ichman 2, Quinn 1.


Craig IP H R ER BB SO


Frey 6 3 1 0 2 5


Pickarts 1 0 0 0 0 1


West IP H R ER BB SO


Fleischman 4 7 5 5 2 2


Larson 3 3 1 1 3 1



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