Baseball: Blackhawks cant stop red-hot Vikings

April 12, 2017 GMT

MOUNT?HOREB — The Fort Atkinson High School baseball team couldn’t break up Mount Horeb’s perfect start to the season on Tuesday at Mount Horeb.

The Blackhawks fell 13-5 on the day, allowing all 13 runs in the first five innings.

“We did a much better job battling and competing throughout the entire game compared to our first time out,” said FAHS?head coach Andy Schwantes. “I was happy with our energy and really investing in competing until the final out. Obviously the game result was not what we wanted but there is a right and wrong way to do things, regardless of outcome, and I think they took a step in the right direction tonight.”

The Blackhawks (1-2 overall) tallied nine hits spread out through seven players, as Jake Willey and JoJo Crandall each went 2-for-4 on the day, while both plating runs. Crandall also had an RBI.

Mason Emrick and Tanner Riedl earned RBIs on the night, while Grayson Coleman, East McGowan and Ty Schieber rounded out the hits.

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On the mound, the Fort pitchers struggled a bit as Josh Bilau gave up six hits in two innings and Braeden Wixom gave up seven in 3 and 1/3. Ike Jensen gave up no hits in 2/3 of an inning.

“Our pitchers have to continue improving on attacking hitters and getting strike one,” Schwantes said. “The first three pitches of every at bat typically dictate the outcome and right now we haven’t shown an ability to consistently win those three pitches. A lot of it is mental, the desire to go after hitters and trust your stuff. We’re getting there.”

As for Mount Horeb (5-0), Cade Nichols and Bama Doyle did some damage against the Blackhawks, combining for five hits, two RBIs and six plated runs on seven at bats.

The big inning from Mount Horeb came in the third, where they tacked on five runs after leading 3-1 already.

The Vikings also had a pitch-by-committee approach with five guys facing at least one batter, with Jordan Schaefer taking the win.

The Blackhawks host Milton on Thursday at Jones Park for the Badger South conference opener at 5 p.m.