Baseball: Blackhawks tune up for WIAA play with win

May 30, 2017 GMT

For the first time since the beginning of May, the Fort Atkinson High School baseball team was able to put together back-to-back wins.

After a 4-3 win over Waterford on Thursday, the Blackhawks defeated Elkhorn 6-2 on Saturday at Jones Park to close out the regular season scoring five of its six runs in the first three innings.

The Blackhawks got a solid outing from senior Grayson Coleman, as he allowed six hits in six innings, with two earned runs and one strikeout. Josh Bilau pitched the final innings, allowing two hits but striking out two. Neither Fort pitcher allowed a walk.

“We played another all around solid game and closing out the regular season with a well played game like this certainly helps our confidence going in to the postseason,” said FAHS?head coach Andy Schwantes. “Our final two games were both against quality teams and our focus was just competing throughout the entire game, for seven full innings. Grayson Coleman gave us a quality start and Josh Bilau had a quality outing as well.”

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The Blackhawks (13-11 overall) scattered just five hits on the day, but walked five times and Mason Emrick was hit by a pitch as well.

Fort took a 1-0 lead in the first when Jake Willey, who had a leadoff single, scored on an error.

After Elkhorn came back to take a 2-1 lead, the Blackhawks scored five unanswered runs beginning with three in the bottom of the second, and adding another in the bottom of the third.

Fort would add another in the bottom of the fifth for an insurance run.

Fort had hits from Willey, Zac Courtier, Connor O’Brien, JoJo Crandall and Coleman on the day. Crandall had two of the four Fort RBIs.

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The No. 8 Blackhawks will hope to continue their momentum as they host No. 9 Janesville Parker today at Jones Park at 5 p.m. The winner will move on to play at Janesville Craig on Thursday.

“I like how we are playing and the energy and focus they have right now is exactly where we want it to be,” Schwantes said.