Brock Wanninger turned in a dominating pitching performance as Utica used timely hitting to knock off McFarland 4-1 on Sunday, July 7, in a Southeast Section Home Talent League game.
With the win, Utica improved to 4-7, three games behind Fort Atkinson (7-3) for the final playoff spot in Sunday League play.
The A’s were coming off an 11-1 loss in seven innings to Southeast Section-leading Albion on Thursday, July 4.
Utica 4, McFarland 1
The A’s overcame three errors in the first four innings to pull out a win over McFarland on Sunday.
“It seems like these errors come back to haunt us,” Utica player-manager Christian Stokstad said.
“Brock worked out of some jams, and coming back after those errors was big,” Stokstad said.
Wanninger pitched a complete game to get the win. He gave up one run on six hits and struck out 10.
“He wasn’t giving them a good pitch to hit,” Stokstad said. “He was nibbling on the corners.”
Ben Hildbrandt tripled in the third inning. He came in to score on an overthrow at third base to give the A’s a 1-0 lead.
Utica scored one run in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Dane Schultz, who went 2-for-3, had an RBI single in the sixth to extend the A’s lead to 3-1. Later in the inning, Schultz got into a pickle between first and second base, and Hildebrandt raced home from third to give Utica a three-run lead.
Stokstad and Sam Raff each went 2-for-4, while Hildebrandt was 2-for-5.
Albion 11, Utica 1
The Tigers kept their stranglehold on first place in Sunday League play, slugging their way to a seven-inning win over the A’s Thursday, July 4.
Albion led 3-0 after three innings. The Tigers broke the game open with a three-run fourth. Utica was limited to four hits, including a double by Mike Lund. The A’s committed four errors in the loss.
Aaron Schauer started on the mound for the A’s and gave up seven earned runs on seven hits, and struck out four. Cole Nelson surrendered two runs on two hits and two walks with one strikeout in three innings of relief.