A first-pitch double by Wilmot’s Leo Falletti on Saturday put the Panthers in position for some early momentum at Hartland Arrowhead.
The Panthers turned that play into a two-out run, but the Warhawks flipped the script the next three innings and appeared to be in control, as they built an 8-3 lead.
But the Panthers bounced back in a big way.
Wilmot (11-8) scored five runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the sixth en route to an 11-8 non-conference victory.
“I think we had a nice team win today,” Wilmot coach Josh Pye said. “We were down early in the game and kept competing. I thought we had some nice approaches at the plate later in the game with guys on base and just needing contact to score runs and give ourselves a chance.”
Falletti finished with two hits and three runs scored, followed by Caleb Massarelli (two hits, four runs scored), Evan Henry (two hits, two runs, RBI), Tanner Peterson (home run, three runs, two RBI).
Braeden Cowart earned the win in relief, as he allowed just two hits and struck out four in three innings.
Milton 14, Central 7
The Falcons overcame a 3-0 deficit with a five-run first inning, but Milton pulled away with four runs in the fifth and six more in the sixth to pick up the non-conference win.
Leaders for Central (6-11) were Kyle Kitterman (two hits, three RBI), Kyle Mitchell (two hits, two runs), Tyler Horton (two hits, two runs) and Matt Felske (two hits, run).
Dylan Anderson took the loss, as he allowed six hits, three earned runs, six walks and struck out five in 41/3 innings.
Shoreland Lutheran 2,
St. Thomas More 0
Shoreland Lutheran 9,
St. Thomas More 3
The Pacers scored single runs in the first and third innings and made that hold up in the Metro Classic Conference win in the first game of a twinbill at Carthage.
Joe Schimanski had both the Pacers’ hits and scored both of their runs. Sawyer Smith allowed five hits and struck out four in 52/3 innings to earn the win.
In Game 2, Shoreland built a 5-1 lead through four innings and added four insurance runs in the seventh to close out the sweep.
Schimanski had three hits, a run scored and two RBI to lead the way, followed by Smith (hit, run, two RBI) and Josh Edmundson (hit, two runs, RBI).
Starting pitcher Kyle Roslowski allowed three hits and struck out seven in 52/3 innings to earn the win.
Racine St. Catherine’s 2,
St. Joseph 0
Burlington Catholic Central 5,
St. Joseph 0
The Lancers, ranked No. 10 in Division-3 in the latest state coaches poll, failed to push across a run in a pair of Metro Classic losses at Simmons Field.
“We were able to get a few runners in scoring position, but we could not produce any runs,” St. Joseph coach Joe Gricar said. “The coaches and players will look back on how we can improve from today, and I am very optimistic that we can turn our negative performance today into a positive improvement for the future.”
Gricar credited his two starting pitchers, Andrew Setter and Jake Gessert.
“Both starters had great performances and gave us a chance to win,” he said.
Tremper 10, Racine Case 3
The visiting Trojans broke open a close game Friday night with a five-run fourth inning to improve to 13-4 overall and 11-4 in the SEC.
Jared Heinzen led Tremper with three hits, a run scored and an RBI, followed by Ethan Taylor (two hits, run, RBI) and Joe Ricchio (hit, three RBI). Alex Wajerski added a hit and two runs scored, while Jordan Kehl scored two runs.
Kaileb Lyon earned the win, as he allowed three hits, four walks and struck out two in four innings.
“We had a lot of good at-bats, especially with two strikes, to extend some at-bats and run up the pitch count of Case’s top pitcher,” Tremper coach John Matera said.
“We’ve been getting good pitching, playing solid defense and have been pretty balanced lately. It’s great to see the guys having that confidence at the plate.”
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