The bats of the Verona Home Talent team continued to click on all cylinders last weekend as the Cavaliers improved to 9-0 in Western Section action.
The Cavaliers bashed Wiota 15-1 in seven innings on Saturday, June 22, at Wiota Park. The next day, Verona (9-0) had its Sunday league game rained out at West Middleton.
The defending Sunday league champions, the Cavaliers have won on the 10-run rule in four straight games, and the Cavaliers have a 3.5 game lead over West Middleton and Pine Bluff-Mount Horeb in the Western Section North Division.
“We feel good with where we are at,” player-manager David Lund said. “We felt all year like we have swung the bats well. We were in a good rhythm.”
First baseman Mike Jordahl is looking forward to the rescheduled game against West Middleton.
“It’s always a battle when we play those guys,” Jordahl said. “It’s always fun to play against good talent.”
The Cavaliers edged Evansville 4-2 on Thursday, June 20, at Stampfl Field to improve to 2-2 in the Night League.
Verona 15, Wiota 1 (7 inn.)
Jordahl went 4-for-5 to lead a 15-hit attack as the Cavaliers rolled to a 15-1 seven-inning victory over Wiota on Saturday.
“It was super windy coming in from right field,” Jordahl said. “We talked before the game our approach was going to be opposite field. We were trying to see the ball as deep as possible and spray it the other way.”
Derek Burgenske went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Klayton Brandt drove in three runs and scored three runs. Brad Laufenberg was on base all five times he batted, going 2-for-2 with an RBI and three walks. Jacob Slonim went 2-for-5 and also scored three runs.
Brandt had a two-run single to center in the second to give the Cavaliers a 3-0 lead.
Verona poured it on, batting around the order in a six-run third and a six-run sixth.
Jordahl doubled leading off the third. After Sam Pederson walked, he stole second base. A throw by Wiota went into centerfield and Jordahl scored. Slonim had an RBI single to left and Wiota starting pitcher Jesse Sturtz walked in a run to give the Cavaliers a 6-1 lead. Burgenske had a two-run single to left.
In the sixth, the key hits for the Cavaliers came on Tucker Teskey’s RBI double off relief pitcher Barry Schliem and Pederson’s two-run single. Jason Erxleben was dominant on the mound, giving up one run on two hits in seven innings. He struck out eight and walked one. He retired 13 straight batters at one point. Brad Solberg broke up the streak with a double to right in the bottom of the sixth.
“He was throwing all of his pitches for strikes and working quick,” Lund said.
Verona, West Middleton (ppd).
The Cavaliers’ game on Sunday at West Middleton was postponed because of rain. A make-up date has not been scheduled.
Verona 4, Evansville 2
Laufenberg pitched five shutout innings to lead the Cavaliers to a 4-2 win over Evansville on Thursday.
Laufenberg struck out six and gave up four hits to earn the win. Verona scored two runs in the second and one in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
Rob Capener went 2-for-3 and Lance Breitnauer drove in two runs.
Pederson pitched two innings in relief and gave up two runs on one hit. He struck out three and walked four.