Baseball: By rule, Eagles win another
JEFFERSON — All the state-ranked Jefferson High School baseball team has done in its four games this season is produce runs while limiting opponents to little, or in Tuesday’s case, no runs.
The Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Division 2 preseason poll, improved to 4-0 both overall and in the Rock Valley Conference following a 10-0 win over East Troy (1-3, 1-3) at Fischer Field.
In their four wins, all by the 10-run rule, the Eagles have now outscored their opponents 48-4.
“We’re putting pressure on defenses, we’re putting the ball in play and eventually that just equals runs,” said Jefferson coach Greg Fetherston. “I’m very happy with the makeup of the team, and with our overall attitude and energy.”
Jefferson wasted little time getting the upper hand on East Troy scoring three times in its first at bat. Consecutive singles by Evan Anfang, Cam Anfang, Hunter Milbrath and Ian Drays gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead, and Milbrath scored the third run on an RBI groundout by senior Grant Johnson.
The Eagles took advantage of the wildness of Trojans pitcher Brenden Sullivan in the third frame, scoring four more times. Sullivan issued walks to Ryan Brost, Brandon Laesch and Nick Hauser, while uncorking five wild pitches, three of which allowed runs to score.
A trio of Jefferson pitchers limited ET to just two hits while combining to strike out eight.
“At any level when you have great pitching, you’ve got a great chance to win games, said Fetherston. “Our pitchers have just been phenomenal to start the season.”
Senior Cam Anfang got the start, striking out five while allowing just one hit in three innings to earn his second win of the spring. Brost pitched the fourth and fifth, striking out a pair while not allowing a hit, before Drays pitched the sixth, striking out one while allowing one hit.
“We know this is an easier stretch for us, we just have to make sure we’re getting better and ready for those quality games coming up,” Fetherston said.
Senior Hunter Milbrath led JHS at the plate going 2-for-4 with a game-high three runs batted in. Drays added a 2-for-3 night.
The Eagles and Trojans will meet again Thursday, this time in East Troy. The first pitch is set for 4:45 p.m.