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Rob Reischel
Drew Finley-Haag and Middleton's baseball team opened the year 4-0 before losing to Sun Prairie./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

It was the kind of start they hoped for.

And really, after a rough 2015, it was the kind of start they needed.

Middleton’s baseball team raced to a 4-0 start behind three wins last week. The Cardinals fell to Sun Prairie last Saturday, but overall, were thrilled with their fast start.

“We played well and we’ve got to keep growing,” Middleton manager Tom Schmitt said. “We need to keep our confidence high.”

Here’s a recap of Middleton’s three wins last week.

• Middleton 7, Madison La Follette 2 — Adam Nutting allowed just two hits and struck out nine in four stellar innings to earn the win last Thursday. Brennan Schmitt pitched two scoreless innings, then Justin Gurtner worked the seventh.

Alec Morrison had two RBI to lead the offense, while Drew Finley-Haag, Ivan Monreal and Schmitt also had RBI.

Middleton jumped on the Lancers for two runs in the first and second innings, built a 7-0 lead through five innings and was never challenged.

“Nutting had good velocity, but was a little erratic,” Tom Schmitt said. “Hopefully he can settle in and lower his pitch count.”

• Middleton 4, Madison East 2 — Drew Finley-Haag threw a complete game, five hitter as the Cardinals toppled the Purgolders last Tuesday. Finley-Haag struck out eight, threw 66 strikes in 100 pitches and didn’t walk a batter.

“We talked about taking him out after the sixth and said, ‘No, he’s doing fine,’” Tom Schmitt said. “He really settled in after the first inning.”

Brennan Schmitt led Middleton’s 10-hit day, going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Finley-Haag and Ivan Monreal both added two hits.

Middleton trailed, 2-1, through four innings. But the Cardinals rallied with two runs in the fifth and one more in the seventh.

• Middleton 4, Verona 3 — Alan Roden’s RBI double in the fifth scored Ivan Monreal to break a 3-3 tie and lift the Cardinals past the Wildcats last Monday.

Alec Morrison threw five innings and picked up the win for Middleton. Morrison struck out seven, allowed seven hits and three runs.

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Morrison had a leadoff double, then scored when Monreal walked with the bases loaded.

Brennan Schmitt later reached on an error that scored Zach Shipley and Hunter Bindl. Verona tied things with a three-run third, before the Cardinals rallied in the fifth.

April 14

Middleton 7, Madison La Follette 2

Middleton …………….. 220 120 0 — 7 7 5

La Follette …………….. 000 000 2 — 2 4 3

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Gurtner (1-1-0-1-0), Nutting (W; 4-2-0-3-9), Schmitt (2-1-0-1-3), Roloff (L; 5-5-3-7-1), Simon (2-2-0-0-1).


April 12

Middleton 4, Madison East 2

Middleton …………….. 001 020 1 — 4 10 3

Madison East ………… 200 000 0 — 2 5 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Finley (W; 7-5-1-0-8), Cratic (5-7-2-0-3), Thompson (2-3-1-2-3).

Leading Hitters — Middleton — Finley (2x3), Monreal (2x3), Schmitt (3x4). 2B — Belleveau, Monreal, Morrison, Schmitt. Madison East —Breitnauer (2x3), Schlichting (2x3). 2B — Schlichting.


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