The bats stayed hot for the Verona Home Talent team last week as the Cavaliers posted two wins to remain the only undefeated team in Sunday league action.
The Cavaliers hit two home runs on Sunday, June 16, en route to a rout of Hollandale. In a Sunday Western Section League game on Friday, June 14, Verona shut out Oregon in seven innings at Stampfl Field.
With the two wins, Verona, the defending Home Talent League champions, improves to 8-0 in the Sunday league.
In a Thursday Night League game June 13, Verona lost 7-0 at West Middleton. The Cavaliers dropped to 1-2 in Night League action.
Justin Scanlon pitched a complete game Sunday, striking out five and walking one.
“He’s always throwing strikes, which makes it fun out in the field as a defender and he works fast,” second baseman Klayton Brandt said. “It looked like he had good command of three pitches, which is always good to see.”
With three games in a week, player-manager David Lund said he is confident using any of his top three pitchers.
“We have full confidence throwing (Scanlon) out there,” Lund said. “It’s no different with him, Nelly (Kyle Nelson) or ‘Erx’ (Jason Erxleben).”
Verona 12, Hollandale 1 (7 inn.)
Nick Cheaney was in a zone on Sunday, going 5-for-5 with a grand slam and five RBIs to power Verona to a 12-1 seven-inning road win over Hollandale.
The Cavaliers pounded out 15 hits, and had a three-run third inning to take a 4-1 lead. Verona ended the game early with a five-run seventh.
John Moynihan went 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBIs. Tucker Teskey also collected two hits.
Verona’s Jason Erxleben pitched five innings and gave up one run and struck out eight to earn the win.
Verona 10, Oregon 0 (7 inn.)
Scanlon pitched a three-hit shutout and 10 different players had at least one hit as the Cavaliers rolled past Oregon 10-0 in seven innings on Friday at Stampfl Field.
Verona pounded out 13 hits and took control of the game with a three-run fifth inning. Brandt, who went 2-for-2, singled and Oregon pitcher Ian Schildgen walked Derek Burgenske. Scanlon helped his own cause, delivering a two-out RBI single to left to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead. Mike Jordahl then came through with an RBI single to center and Scanlon later scored on a wild pitch to extend the Cavaliers’ lead to 4-0.
Brandt said the team was having strong at-bats early on, but they were hitting it right at Oregon’s fielders.
“We had to keep grinding at-bats throughout the game and I think we knew the runs would come eventually,” Brandt said.
It was a scoreless game for the first three innings. The Orioles turned two double plays in the first three innings and threw a runner out at the plate in the second to keep the game scoreless. Oregon catcher Pat Sommers also threw out the first of two runners trying to steal.
“I think early on we had some good at-bats and we were hitting him hard,” Lund said. “We just didn’t have the runs to show for it.”
The Cavaliers broke through in the fourth after Luke Yapp crushed a double to center. Cheaney lined an RBI single to left.
Verona put the game away early with a six-run seventh. Lund, who went 2-for-3, singled and Scanlon walked to start the big inning. Jordahl singled to load the bases. Luke Yapp hit a towering fly to left field that was dropped and two runs scored on the error to give the Cavaliers a 6-0 lead. Rob Capener had an RBI single and Teskey blasted a two-run triple to center to give the Cavaliers a 9-0 lead.
Verona out-hit Middleton, but the Cavaliers had one tough inning and lost to Middleton 7-0 on Thursday.
The Cavaliers out-hit the 29ers 5-2. Middleton scored six runs in the second.
Tristan Largent had two hits to lead Verona.
Sam Pederson pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs and struck out three. Capener tossed 1 1/3 innings in relief and surrendered one run.