Fischer takes no-hitter into sixth as Goslings top Vikings
Jake Fischer was dealing.
The junior right-hander had a no-hitter going in the sixth inning.
Kadin Milbauer’s infield single with two out in the sixth ended the no-hit bid but Fischer was still dominant.
Fischer’s eight-strikeout, one-hit performance helped the Watertown baseball team beat Stoughton for the second time in a week, 4-1, in a Badger South game at Washington Park on Youth Night Friday.
Fischer had one-two-three innings in the first three frames before an error by shortstop Payton Foltz led to the first baserunner with one out in the fourth. Fischer retired the next four hitters before a 2-out walk in the fifth. Owen Chase grounded into a fielder’s choice for the Vikings to end the frame.
Alex Johnson drew a leadoff walk in the sixth before Fischer induced a strikeout and groundout. Kadin Milbauer’s infield hit scored Johnson, spoiling the no-hit effort and cut the Gosling lead to three runs.
“I felt like I had some of my best stuff today,” Watertown pitcher Jake Fischer said. “It’s awesome to get on a roll with this team and I’ll be anxious to see what happens come playoffs.”
Fischer walked only two and allowed one earned over six innings.
“Jake Fischer was sharp as he has been all year and had great command the entire game,” Watertown baseball coach Andy Cashin said.
Tim Traub struck out two in a scoreless seventh to get the save.
“Tim Traub was again very impressive on the hill in that closer role,” Cashin said.
Jake Crogan hit a double to start the second inning and Nick Logan reached on an infield grounder, advancing Crogan to third. After Logan got thrown out trying to steal second, Crogan scored on a wild pitch to make it 1-0 Goslings (11-7, 7-5 in conference).
Crogan and Logan both singled with one out in the fourth. Derek Rowedder’s base knock to left brought Crogan home, increasing Watertown’s lead to two.
Cameron Streich struck out for the second out of the inning and Daniel Denault reached on an error to load the bases. Payton Foltz drew a six-pitch walk to score a run.
“It was a solid win for us tonight,” Cashin said. “Thought we hit the ball well all night and made plays when we had to. Our outfield was fantastic all night.”
Brett Faltersack doubled to leadoff the fifth and Ben Rothweiler singled next, advancing to second on the throw as the Goslings looked to break it open.
Crogan hit a grounder to second baseman Parker Milbauer who threw Faltersack out at the plate. After that, Paul Kujawski, who was courtesy running for the catcher Rothweiler, got tagged out between third and home for the second out.
Logan came through with two down on a single to right, plating Crogan to make it 4-0.
Stoughton’s Connor Kalinowski allowed 10 hits and three earned over five in the loss.
Logan went 3-for-3 and Faltersack was 2-for-3.
Crogan had two hits, scoring three times, and Rowedder also had a pair of base knocks.
The Goslings, winners of three consecutive, host Milton on Tuesday at 5 p.m. for Senior Night at Washington Park. Watertown concludes its conference slate by playing in Milton on Thursday at 5 p.m.
WATERTOWN 4, STOUGHTON 1
Stoughton 000 001 0 — 1 1 2
Watertown 010 210 X — 4 10 2
Stoughton (ab-r-h-rbi) — Knauf 2-0-0-0, Karlen 1-0-0-0, P. Milbauer 2-0-0-0, Yahn 1-0-0-0, K. Milbauer 3-0-1-1, Ellingson 3-0-0-0, Kalinowski 3-0-0-0, Shore 3-0-0-0, Regan 2-0-0-0, Chase 2-0-0-0, Johnson 1-1-0-0. Totals 23-1-1-1.
Watertown (ab-r-h-rbi) — Foltz 2-0-0-1, Fischer 4-0-0-0, Faltersack 3-0-2-0, Rothweiler 3-0-1-0, Crogan 3-3-2-0, Logan 3-1-3-1, Rowedder 3-0-2-1, Streich 3-0-0-0, Denault 3-0-0-0, Kujawski 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-4-10-3.
2B: Crogan (W), Faltersack (W), Rowedder (W)
Pitching — HO: Kalinowski (S) 10 in 5, Yahn (S) 0 in 1, Fischer (W) 1 in 6, Traub (W) 0 in 1. R: Kalinowski 4, Yahn 0, Fischer 1, Traub 0. SO: Kalinowski 3, Yahn 0, Fischer 8, Traub 2. BB: Kalinowski 1, Yahn 0, Fischer 2, Traub 0.