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Middleton HTL team moves to 7-0


June 15, 2017

Mary Langenfeld

Brandon Scheidler and Middleton's HTL team improved to 7-0 on Sunday.

Every test Middleton's Home Talent League team has been given, it's aced.

The 29ers improved to 7-0 on the year with a pair of wins last weekend.

Middleton rolled past Waunakee, 7-3, last Saturday. The 29ers then defeated Cazenovia, 10-3, on Sunday.

In Middleton's win over Waunakee, Kevin Dubler went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI, while Drew Farrell finished 2-for-3 with two RBI.  

Jeff Schafer pitched the first six innings and allowed three runs. Farrell threw the final three innings and didn't allow a hit while striking out two.  

"Waunakee's played well all year so we knew coming in we were going to have play a solid game in all areas," Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand said. "Schafer didn't have his best stuff on the mound, but used our defense and was able to get out of a couple tough jams by inducing inning ending double plays."

Middleton trailed, 1-0, in the fifth when it scored four runs. Luke Schafer reached on an error to start the inning and Dubler doubled. Andrew Zimmerman drove in both with a single, Brennan Schmitt later doubled to bring home Ross Hellenbrand, and Farrell doubled to bring home Schmitt.

Waunakee scored twice in the fifth and closed within 4-3. But Dubler smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth, and Farrell had an RBI single in the sixth that plated Ross Hellenbrand and gave Middleton a 6-3 lead.

Middleton added one more run in the seventh when Brandon Scheidler doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Dubler to finish the scoring.

One day later, Alec Morrison worked six strong innings and finished with six strikeouts to pick up the win against Cazenovia.

"He got stronger as the game went on, but hasn't thrown a lot this year so we kept him on a pretty strict pitch count," Brandon Hellenbrand said. 

Hunter Bindl threw the final three innings, striking out four without allowing an earned run.

Trailing, 1-0, in the second, Middleton struck for three runs. Ross Hellenbrand reached on an error and later scored on a Farrell single. After a walk to Hunter Bindl and a passed ball, Farrell and Bindl scored on a two-run single by Scheidler.

Middleton added two more runs in the third and pushed its lead to 5-1. Dubler started the inning with a home run to right center field, and Zimmerman later scored on a sacrifice fly by Schmitt.

The 29ers added two more runs in the fourth. With one out, Scheidler and Luke Schafer walked and both advanced on a passed ball. Dubler then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Scheidler and Josh Hinson drove in Schafer with a single to left.

Middleton scored twice in the sixth and stretched its lead to 9-1. Hinson doubled home Dubler, and Hinson later scored on an error.

Scheidler then smacked a solo home run to left in the seventh.

Cazenovia scored one run in the eighth and ninth innings, but it was too little, too late.

Scheidler finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI, Hinson was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Dubler hit his second home run of the weekend.

"Caz came in (winless), but we knew they had a good pitcher taking the mound," Brandon Hellenbrand said. "We were able to get some big hits early and took advantage of an error and some walks and put some runs on the board. That was all Morrison needed ... and Bindl did a great job in relief."

• On deck: Middleton hosts Mazomanie Sunday at 1 p.m.

• Black Earth 9, Ahston 7 - The Bombers improved to 4-3 with a win over Ashton on Sunday.

Marcus Caminiti went 4-for-5 and had two RBI for Black Earth.

• Reedsburg 7, Mazomanie 3 - The Mustangs fell to 1-5 with a loss to Reedsburg.


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