SHULLSBURG – Clean-up hitter Pete Hefty went 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs driven in to carry Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff over the Shullsburg/Benton Fever, 8-2, in Home Talent Western Section Sunday League contest held at Badger Park on Sunday, June 11.
The Bluffers (5-1 SL) remain a half-game behind Verona (6-1) in the North Division of the Western Section standings, while the Fever (4-3) remain a half-game behind South Division leading Wiota (4-2) following the Indians’ 8-3 loss to the Cavaliers on Sunday.
Hefty led off the second inning with a solo home run to center to put the Bluffers on the scoreboard first, and the guests added three more runs in the top of the third to go up 4-0.
After the Fever struck for a single run in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 4-2, the Bluffers tacked on three insurance runs in the fourth and another run in the sixth to extend their lead to 8-1.
The Fever tallied a run in the home-half of the sixth to make it 8-2, but that was all the scoring they could muster as neither team scored over the final three frames.
The two teams combined for 27 hits in the game with the Bluffers out-hitting the Fever 17-10 on the day.
Joe Cox, Nathan Hendrickson and Tommy Behrens each had two hits in the game for the Fever.
At Argyle, on Thursday, June 8, the host Beavers plated five runs in their final two at-bats to rally past the Fever, 5-1, in a South Section HTL Night League contest.
Nathan Hendrickson doubled in Justin Crotty in the top of the second inning to give the Fever (1-3 NL) an early 1-0 lead, and that lead stood until the fifth inning when former Darlington Redbird Sam Cohen cracked a two-out, two-run single to put the Beavers ahead to stay.
The Beavers extended their lead to 5-1 by plating three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hogan Edwards brought in a run with a RBI-single, and then with two down, Dylan Cleaveland and Mitch Steinhoff were issued back-to-back bases-loaded base on balls to drive in two more runs for a four-run cushion.
Joe Cox went 2-for-3 to lead the Fever, while Edwards and Cohen each had two hits for the Beavers. Steinhoff, a former Belmont Brave, had a RBI and a run for Argyle.
The Fever (5-5 overall) has a Night League game at home against Wiota on Thursday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m., and they head to Verona for a Sunday League clash on Sunday, June 18, at 1 p.m.
HTL SUNDAY LEAGUE
MH/PB…........ 013 301 000 – 8 17 1
Shulls/Bent… 001 001 000 – 2 10 4
Leading Hitters: MH/PB– Killoy 3x6, P. Hefty 3x4, Jennings 3x5, Kittoe 2x5, Krantz 2x5. HR– P. Hefty. S/B– Joe Cox 2x5, Nathan Hendrickson 2x3, Tommy Behrens 2x4. 2B– Crotty.
WP- Vogel. LP- Colton Bormann.
At Shullsburg, on Sunday, June 4
HTL NIGHT LEAGUE
Shulls/Bent… 010 000 0 – 1 5 1
Argyle………. 000 023 x – 5 8 0
Leading Hitters: S/B– Joe Cox 2x3. 2B– Nathan Hendrickson. A– Hogan Edwards 2x3, Sam Cohen 2x3.
WP- Ploessl. LP- #1.
At Argyle, on Thursday, June 8
Last week’s missing box score
Shulls/Bent… 000 00 – 0 0 2
Evansville….. 052 12 – 10 10 0
Leading Hitters: E– Zettelmeir 3x4, Maves 3x3, Andrews 2x2. 2B– Zettelmeir, Maves, Dinery. S/B– None.
WP- Andrews. LP- Brant Gille.
At Evansville, on Thursday, June 1