Stoughton went on the road and edged Fort Atkinson 5-4 on Saturday, July 20 to maintain its third-place spot in the Southeast Section of the Home Talent League.
The Merchants improved to 10-3 in the Sunday League. On Thursday, July 18, Stoughton improved to 4-2 in the Night League with a 6-0 shutout of Utica on the road.
“We are battling for a playoff spot right now,” Stoughton manager Dale Seffens said. “It’s nice to have that second game in a week so we can get at-bats and practice.”
Stoughton 5, Fort Atkinson 4
Winder Fuentes hit a home run in the first inning to help the Merchants clip the Generals.
Ervin Medina had a two-run double in the seventh and Yonardo Herdenez added an RBI single for Stoughton.
Ben Riffle earned the win on the mound going six innings and striking out two.
Stoughton 6, Utica 0
Erick Sperloen and Tyler Wilberg combined to retire 18 straight batters to lead the Merchants past the A’s.
The A’s two hits came on a single by Christian Stokstad in the first and a leadoff single by Aaron Zimmerman in the second.
Fuentes had a two-run double in the third to help the Merchants take a 3-0 lead. Jake Wenzel followed an RBI single.
“We struggled for a couple of weeks, but we really hit the ball well,” Seffens said.
Wilberg tossed three shutout innings.
“I think that was the first time we threw Tyler this year,” Seffens said. “He did pretty well, so he will probably be starting again (today).”