Middleton sweeps Madison East

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Rob Reischel
Casey Hodgman and Middleton’s baseball team won a pair of games over Madison East last week./Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

They are young.

They are inexperienced.

But apparently, they are also pretty darn talented.

Middleton’s baseball team kicked off its Big Eight Conference season with a pair of wins over Madison East last week.

The Cardinals downed the visiting Purgolders, 6-0, last Tuesday. Middleton then toppled East, 16-4, last Friday.

The Cardinals improved to 3-0 on the young season.

Overall, we did a nice job of manufacturing base runners and getting timely hits to extend our innings,” Middleton rookie manager Brent Jorgensen said. “We worked East's pitchers deep in counts and for the most part, we took advantage of their miscues. So far this season, our hitters have worked pitchers deep into counts, hit well with two strikes, and have attacked pitches in their preferred hitting zones.”

In Middleton’s first win over East, Matt Ballweg threw a perfect game for five innings and struck out three. Hunter Schram threw the last two innings, allowing just one hit.

Together, the duo combined to allow just one hit, strike out six and walk nobody.

Adam Casali led Middleton’s offense, going 2-for-2 with two RBI.

“The pitching in our first game was fantastic,” Jorgensen said. “I'm excited to see how Hunter Schram and Matt Ballweg continue to progress throughout the season as their pitch count limits rise.”

In the second game with East, Quinn Hodgman started and threw two innings of one-hit ball. Hodgman walked four and allowed two earned runs.

Logan Schultz pitched the final three innings and earned the win. Schultz gave up five hits and two earned runs.

“For the week, our pitchers mostly threw strikes and kept our defense involved in the game, which was good since our defense made several nice plays throughout the week,” Jorgensen said.

Casali had another big night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored. In the two games against East, Casali had five hits and three doubles.

Cooper Holewinski went 3-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and three RBI. Ben Collier went 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBI, while Brooks Kalscheur added two RBI.

“It was certainly a solid first week of conference games for us,” Jorgensen said.

• On deck: Middleton played a doubleheader with Verona Tuesday, then travels to Madison West Saturday at 11 a.m.


April 2

Middleton 6, Madison East 0

Madison East.......000 000 0 — 0 1 3

Middleton............220 020 0 — 6 5 1

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Tomony (3-0-2-4-5), Hanser (3-0-0-1-3); Ballweg (W) (5-0-0-0-3); Schram (2-0-0-0-3).

Leading hitters — MID: Casali 2x2. 2B — Casali.


April 5

Middleton 16, Madison East 4

Middleton............104 56 — 16 14 1

Madison East.......004 00 — 4 6 0

Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Hodgman (2-1-2-4-1), Schultz (W) (3-5-2-1-0); Montilva (L) (1-2-4-5-1); Hanser (2-11-11-2-1).

Leading hitters — MID: Holewinski 3x4, Casali 3x4, Collier 3x4. ME: Owen 2x3. 2B — Casali 2, Hodgman; Owen (ME). 3B — Collier, Holewinski.





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