Verona’s Kyle Nelson was in a zone Sunday, June 9, tossing a one-hit shutout to lead Verona to a 10-0 win over Dodgeville in seven innings of a Western Section game at Stampfl Field.
It was a dominating performance by Nelson, who retired 19 straight after a first-inning walk. He struck out eight and walked two.
The Cavaliers improved to 6-0 Sunday after falling to 1-1 in Thursday night play with a 5-1 loss to Ashton.
On Sunday, Dodgeville’s Dayne Arnold broke up Nelson’s no-hit bid, lining a two-out single to center in the seventh. Tyler McClure came on in relief and got Dodgeville’s Mark Ludwig to ground out to third base to end the seventh.
“Things were clicking today,” Nelson said. “I had all three of my pitches working. I wanted to use my fastball to get ahead and keep the ball down in the zone.”
Verona pounded out 13 hits. Seven starters had at least one hit. The second through sixth hitters gave the Knights fits, going a combined 8-for-16.
“This lineup can mash,” Nelson said. “Knowing that we can put up multiple runs in any inning, I knew I just needed to pound the zone.”
Lund said Nelson kept hitters off-balance with his fastball, curveball and change-up.
“He pitched great,” Lund said. “That is what we expect out of him every time.”
Verona has three games this week. The Cavaliers are at Middleton on Thursday and then host Oregon at 7 p.m. Friday. Verona plays host to Hollandale on Sunday, June 16.
Lund said he wanted to rest ace pitcher Jason Erxleben with three games coming up.
“We will need him at full strength,” Lund said. “They (Erxleben and Nelson) have both proven they are great pitchers in this league.”
Verona 10, Dodgeville 0
Verona took a three-run lead in the fourth inning on its way to a 10-0 win over Dodgeville.
Player-manager David Lund and first baseman Mike Jordahl both singled in the fourth, and Luke Yapp, who finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs, knocked in a run on a groundout. The Cavaliers scored two more runs on an error by the Knights later in the inning to take a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth, Verona added to its lead. Derek Burgenske, who went 2-for-4 with an RBI, bunted for a single down the third-base line. Lund doubled to center and Jordahl drove in a run with a pop out to third. Yapp lined an RBI single to center to give the Cavaliers a 5-0 lead.
The Cavaliers had a four-run sixth. Jacob Slonim was hit by a pitch and stole second. Klayton Brandt, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI, drove in a run with a single to left. Justin Scanlon walked. Burgenske delivered an RBI single to right. When the throw to the plate sailed over the catcher’s head. Scanlon also scored to give the Cavaliers an 8-0 lead. Yapp came through with an RBI single.
The Cavaliers walked off with a seven inning win after McClure doubles in the seventh. Connor McGowan ripped an RBI double to left to end the game.
Ashton 5, Verona 1
Sam Pederson hit a solo home run in the second, but three errors contributed to a 5-1 loss at Ashton.
Lund said the team didn’t play well defensively.
“We gave them too many extra outs,” he said.
Ashton limited Verona to one hit, Pederson’s home run.
Brad Laufenberg started and pitched four innings. He gave up five runs and struck out three. He was one of three pitchers the Cavaliers used. Pederson tossed two shutout innings in relief and McClure had one shutout inning.