The Verona Junior Legion baseball team is still searching for answers at the plate after a three-game stretch in which the Wildcats recorded just five hits.
Two Middleton pitchers combined to no-hit Verona on Tuesday, July 16, as the Wildcats lost 10-0 in five innings at Stampfl Field.
The Wildcats had three hits in a 9-3 road loss at Poynette on Wednesday, July 10, and just two hits in a 7-1 road loss at Sauk City a day previous.
Nine errors during the losing streak haven’t helped Verona’s cause.
“We started off the summer hitting pretty well, but we haven’t hit at all in the last three games,” Wildcats coach Mike Merlet said. “Defensively we’re not as sharp either. We’re not a good enough hitting team right now to have those defensive lapses.”
Middleton 10, Verona 0 (5 inn.)
The Wildcats fell to 3-4 on the season with a home loss to the Cardinals.
Verona did not have a base runner reach second until a pair of walks in the fourth inning.
The Wildcats committed three errors, but Joe Ducharme made a pair of nice plays in center field. Ducharme made an over-the-shoulder catch on the run in the right-center gap in the second inning, and threw out a Middleton runner at home in the third.
Jack Farrell took the loss, allowing five earned runs, five hits and two walks in two innings. Remy Klawiter allowed four runs (two earned), three hits and two walks in two innings of relief. Ducharme gave up a run on two walks in the fifth.
Poynette 9, Verona 3
Five errors doomed the Wildcats in a road loss to the Pumas.
Poynette jumped ahead with a run in the first, three in the second, one in the third, two in both the fourth and fifth. Verona scored all three of its runs in the fifth.
Klawiter went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Jaxon Kawecki and Ray Weigand each drove in a run.
EJ Jachinski took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned), one hit and three walks. Farrell allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Klawiter truck out one in a scoreless sixth.
Sauk City 7, Verona 1 (4 inn.)
The Wildcats managed just one run in the fifth inning in a road loss.
The game was called due to lightning in the bottom of the fifth. Sauk City scored one run in both the first and second before rallying for four runs in the third.
Weigand had an RBI single, Kawecki added a single for Verona.