Baseball: Jefferson 2-1 at DeBoer Classic
WAUPUN — The Jefferson High School baseball team capped off its busiest week going 2-1 in the DeBoer Diamond Classic hosted by Waupun Friday and Saturday.
The Eagles saved their most exciting game of the weekend for the last, holding on to a 9-8 win over Freedom Saturday night.
Jefferson (8-3 overall) scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning, and later would find out it needed each and every one of them as the Irish rallied.
With?Freedom runners on first and second, representing the tying and winning runs, Eagle ace Cam Anfang was called on to slam the door and slam the door he did as the senior right-hander struck out Kyle Elias to end the game.
“It was a good weekend, and to finish the weekend off with a comeback against Freedom was exciting,” said Jefferson coach Greg Fetherston. “At the end of the week, after playing six games, to play like that it was neat to see — it felt like a Regional-type atmosphere.”
Anfang earned the save.
Evan Anfang had a big night going 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles while scoring four runs to lead the Eagle attack. Ian Drays (2x4, RBI) and Chris DeKrey?(2x4, double) added multi-hit games, while senior Hunter Milbrath drove in a team-high three runs, including a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh that proved to be the game-winning RBI.
Drays, who pitched the middle two innings in relief of starter Troy Gleason, earned the pitching win.
ESCANABA (MI) 2
The Eagles, who earlier in the week were ranked No. 1 in Division 2 by the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association, snapped a three-game losing skid in a big way banging out 11 hits in a 22-2 five-inning victory over Escanaba, Mich. Saturday afternoon.
Ian Drays continued his red hot start to the season going 3-for-4 with six RBIs leading the Eagles at the plate. Drays is now batting .700 on the season.
The Eagles also got two hits from Chris DeKrey, while Evan Anfang, Grant Johnson and Nick Simdon all drove in a pair of runs.
Simdon got the start and earned the win. The junior left-hander scattered three hits over four innings, striking out two while allowing just one earned run.
Jefferson also took advantage of 19 walks issued by Eskymos pitching.
WESTOSHA CENTRAL 17
The Eagles dropped their third consecutive game opening the DeBoer Diamond Classic with a 17-8 loss to Westosha Central Friday night.
The Eagles took a 6-0 lead even before the Falcons took a swing. The big blow was a three-run home run by junior Nick Hauser.
But Westosha Central would rally to take the lead, scoring 10 runs between the second and third innings.
Jefferson closed to within 10-8 with solo runs in the fourth and sixth innings, but the Falcons put up seven more runs in bottom of the sixth to win going away.
Eagle pitchers Aldair Ramirez, Sam Cincotta and Chris DeKrey combined to issue 10 walks.
Hauser finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Ian Drays added a 2-for-4 night.
The Eagles return to Rock Valley Conference play Tuesday hosting to McFarland in a 4:45 p.m. start at Fischer Field.