The Wilmot baseball team jumped out to an early 9-1 lead and held on for a 12-11 non-conference road victory over Johnsburg (Ill.) on Saturday.
After striking out twice against Wilmot reliever Max Iverson to open the bottom of the seventh inning, Johnsburg cut Wilmot’s lead to 12-11 on walk and a double. A walk and a wild pitch put runners on second and third base, but Iverson pitched out of the jam with a grounder to shortstop to earn the save.
The Panthers (5-5) erupted for nine runs in the first three innings and padded their lead to 12-4 with three more in the fifth.
“Offensively we have been hitting the ball well and our focus today was to get those base runners turned into runs scored,” Wilmot coach Josh Pye said. “I thought we did a good job putting 12 runs on the board even though we still left the bases loaded twice today.”
Leo Falletti (three runs), Logan Pye (two runs, two RBI), Zach Lamberson (run, RBI) and Evan Henry (RBI) had two hits apiece for the Panthers, who took advantage of six Johnsburg errors. Tanner Peterson homered, scored twice and knocked in three runs.
Falletti allowed seven runs (four earned) and five hits while striking out five and walking five over 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win.
Milton Select Ball Invitational
Paul Lynch and Will Cavener led Central to a sixth-place finish in the Milton Select Ball Invitational at Oak Ridge Golf Course.
The Falcons’ duo finished sixth overall with a 72. Bryce Drier and Trent Stueber (77) and Nolan Bruni and Luke Koeppel (80) also competed for Central.
Union Grove won the eight-team event with a 216. Central finished with a 229 while Wilmot took eighth place with a 238.
Devin Spath and Jaret Ketterhagen paced the Panthers with a 76, followed by Evan Hahn and Jared Epping (78) and Ryan Vazquez and Shane Vacala (84).
Tremper dropped all four of its matches and tied for seventh place in the Madison area event.
Middleton topped the eight-team field with a 4-0 record.
The Trojans fell to Middleton, 7-0, and Green Bay Southwest, 5-2, Friday and concluded play with losses to Sun Prairie, 7-0, and Oshkosh West, 5-2, Saturday.