The Utica Home Talent’s bats remained quiet again last week, losing all three games.
Utica dipped three games under .500 in Sunday again with a 12-2 loss to Evansville on Friday, June 21 in Footville.
The A’s dropped to 0-3 in the Thursday Night League with losses at Fort Atkinson and Cottage Grove.
“It was a pretty rough week,” player/manager Christian Stokstad said. “We struggled to hit and we played too sloppy on defense.”
Evansville 12, Utica 2 (7 inn.)
Utica traveled to Footville on Friday and fell 12-2 to Evansville in seven innings.
Jays pitcher Jameson Lavery carried a perfect game through six innings for the win.
Evansville started their offense early with two runs in the first and two in the second. The Jays added one in the third, two runs in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Utica scored twice in the seventh on a Nick Woodstock two-out RBI single, but could not avoid being 10-runned.
Brock Wanninger started and went five innings. Aaron Schauer threw the sixth and seventh.
Utica fell to 3-6 with the loss, while Evansville moved into a tie with Jefferson at 5-2. Stoughton and Albion each won last weekend and sit atop the Southeast Section with identical 7-1 records.
CG 7, Utica 0
The A’s traveled to Fireman’s Park in Cottage Grove on Thursday, June 20, and lost 7-0.
Cottage Grove moved into a first-place tie with Fort Atkinson following the win with identical 4-0 records.
Cole Nelson got the start on the mound and pitched the complete game for Utica.
The A’s did little on offense again, mustering five hits, including a double by Jake Schultz.
“Had a little better defense but we didn’t swing the bats,” Stokstad said.
Cottage Grove scored three on a couple of bloopers in the first inning. The Firemen added one in the second and three more in bottom of sixth.
Fort 13, Utica 6
Utica traveled back to Fort Atkinson for a fourth time this season on Tuesday, June 18 for a Thursday Night League make-up game and lost 13-6.
Jason Hougan got the start. Max Gartzke came on in relief in the third inning and pitched well but the A’s were already down 8-2 at that point.
Fort came out swing with five runs in the first inning, but Utica got two back in the top of the second to pull within three, 5-2.
The Generals kept up the pressure and outscored the A’s 8-4 over the final 4 1/2 innings.
Utica is in Waterloo for a Night League game Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The A’s host Cambridge in a Sunday league game at 1 p.m.