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Belmont Braves salvage split with Potosi Chieftains
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Belmonts Nate Knebel (#12) sneaks past Potosi catcher Tyler Udelhoven to score a run during the Braves seven-run rally in the fifth inning of Tuesdays game.

      BELMONT — When the runs finally started coming for the Belmont baseball team, they started coming in bunches.

     The Braves (6–5 overall, 6–4 in SRW) exploded for seven runs in the home-half of the fifth inning to erase a 1–0 deficit, and then tacked on three more insurance runs in the sixth to pull away from the visiting Potosi Chieftains for a 10–4 Six Rivers West victory at BHS  Tuesday, April 28.

     Potosi (6–6, 6–6 SRW) began the afternoon by finishing off the Braves, 6–5, in a continuation of their suspended game from April 7. The game was resumed in the ninth inning tied at 5–5 and went into the 10th before Potosi junior Trenton Bauer scored on a sacrifice fly by junior catcher Tyler Udelhoven to give the Chieftains the victory.

     Jake Udelhoven earned the win for Potosi holding Belmont scoreless over the final four innings that spanned nearly a month. Udelhoven, who pitched the seventh, eighth and ninth innings on April 7 and the 10th inning last Tuesday, struck out three, walked six and allowed just one hit.

     Junior Jacob Langkamp went 3-for-5 with a double to lead Potosi at the plate, while seniors Riley Hawes (two RBI) and Dan Post each had two hits for the Chieftains.

     Junior Quinn Cushman was 3-for-5 for the Braves, while seniors Jon Bahr and Raine Voigts each had two hits.

     Potosi grabbed an early lead in game two with Teagan Friederick driving in Hawes with a RBI ground out in the top of the first inning.

     The score remained stuck there until the fifth when Belmont finally broke the drought. Senior Mitch Ray and junior Nick Willborn each had two-run singles during the rally, and the Braves added runs on a balk and an error to go ahead 7–1.

     Belmont notched three more runs in the sixth to extend the lead to 10–1. Potosi plated three runs in the seventh to cut the deficit to 10-3 and had the bases loaded when Cushman finally recorded the final out the seal the victory.

     Cushman (3–2) came in to start the fourth inning and picked up the win in four solid innings on the mound. He allowed three runs on three hits and six walks, and struck out 10 batters for the hosts.

     Ray finished 2-for-4 for the Braves with two RBI, while Willborn drove in four runs and scored another run. Cushman, Josh Logsdon and Lane Kamps each scored twice for Belmont.

     Langkamp had a RBI single for Potosi, while Nate Friederick and Post each walked in runs for the guests.

Potosi 6, Belmont 5
(from Tuesday, April 28 @ Belmont)
Belmont    030    000    200    0     — 5  11  2
Potosi    000    005    000     1     — 6  10  1
Leading hitters — B: Quinn Cushman 3x5, Jon Bahr 2x4, Raine Voigts 2x4; P: Riley Hawes 2x5, Jake Langkamp 3x5, Dan Post 2x3. 2B — B: Voigts; P: Hawes, Langkamp, Tyler Udelhoven.  W — Jake Udelhoven (3–1 IP, 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 6 BB). L — Raine Voigts (0–1, 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO, 2 BB).

Belmont 10, Potosi 4
(from Tuesday, April 28 @ Belmont)
Potosi    100    000     3    —  4   6  6
Belmont    000    073    x     —10   7  2
Leading hitters — B: Mitch Ray 2x4. 2B — B: Jon Bahr.  W — Quinn Cushman (2–2, 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 10 SO, 6 BB). L — Thomas Leibfried (1–1, 1.1 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 2 ER, 1 SO, 3 BB).

     Belmont finished off last week by splitting a Six Rivers twinbill with Argyle at the Woodside Sports Complex in Mauston on Friday. The Braves took the opener by a score of 3–1, and then fell to Argyle, 8–5, in the nightcap after the Orioles struck for three runs in the top of the seventh inning.

     Voigts singled home two runs during the Braves’ three-run third to lead them to victory in game one. Willborn went 3-for-3 at the plate, while Kamps (3–1) went 2-for-3 and earned the complete-game victory after allowing just one run on five hits and a walk with eight Ks.

     Cushman had two hits and drove in two runs for Belmont in game two.

     Finally, back at home on Monday, Logsdon and Willborn each drove in three runs to lead the Braves over River Ridge, 7-4, in SRW action.

     The Braves grabbed the lead with a four-run outburst in the second inning, and scored three more times in the third to open up a 7–1 advantage.

     After scoring a run off Cushman in the first, the Timberwolves were shutout until the seventh when they made things interesting by scoring three time to cut the gap to 7–4, but the Braves ace worked his way out of the jam to earn the win.

     Cushman gave up four runs (three earned) on 12 hits and he struck out nine batters with no walks. He also had two hits in the game.

     Willborn finished 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Nate Knebel went 2-for-2 with a double, a RBI and a run, while Logsdon doubled in three runs. Bahr and Kamps each had two hits for the Braves.

     Belmont has a Six Rivers doubleheader at Monticello on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and hosts Highland in a SRW contest on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

 Belmont 3, Argyle 1
(from Friday, May 1 @ Woodside Sports Complex, Mauston)
Belmont    003    000    0    ­—  3  8  0
Argyle    000    010    0     —  1  5  3
Leading hitters — B: Lane Kamps 2x3, Nick Willborn 3x3. W — Lane Kamps (3–1, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8 SO, 1 BB). L — Ploessl (7 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 SO, 2 BB).

Argyle 8, Belmont 5
(from Friday, May 1 @ Woodside Sports Complex, Mauston)
Argyle    302    000    3     —  8  6  0
Belmont    100    130    0    ­—  5  9  2
Leading hitters — B: Quinn Cushman 2x4, Mitch Ray 2x2. 2B — A: Cam Treuthardt; B: Jon Bahr, Quinn Cushman. 3B — B: Mitch Ray. W — Kyle Olson (7 IP, 9 H, 5 ER, 0 SO, 2 BB). L — Jon Bahr (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO, 0 BB).

Belmont 7, River Ridge 4
(from Monday, May 4 @ Belmont)
River Ridge    100    000    3     — 4  12  0
Belmont    043    000    x    ­— 7  13  3
Leading hitters — RR: Kirk Martin 2x2, Brock Kazda 2x3, Zach Ertz 2x4, Ben Ertz 2x4; B: Jon Bahr 2x3, Quinn Cushman 2x3, Lane Kamps 2x3, Nick Willborn 2x3, Nate Knebel 2x2. 2B — RR: Sean Kibler, Zach Ertz, Brock Kazda; B: Bahr, Knebel, Willborn. W — Quinn Cushman (3–2, 7 IP, 12 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 9 SO, 0 BB). L — Seth Williams (6 IP, 13 H, 7 ER, 3 SO, 4 BB).

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     The Eagles outhit the Chieftains 23–17 in the two games. Potosi also committed seven errors.

     The Chieftains bounced back Monday with a 4–1 victory over visiting Shullsburg/Benton.

     Jake Udelhoven (4–1) went the distance for Potosi, allowing just one run on nine hits. He struck out 10 and walked three.

     Tyler Udelhoven gave Potosi (6–6, 6–6 SRW) a 1–0 lead with an d RBI single in the first. Tommy Pluemer scored on a wild pitch in the fourth to make it 2–0. Sophomore Zach Reuter’s two-run double in the fifth made it 4–0.

     Potosi is scheduled to host Black Hawk Friday before traveling to Madison to play Madison Edgewood at the Duck Pond at Warner Park.

Barneveld 9, Potosi 3
(from Friday, May 1 @ Barneveld)
Potosi    000    011    1    —  3   8  3
Barneveld    034    110    x     —  9 13  0
Leading hitters — P: Trenton Bauer 2x4; B: Cole Breuer 2x3, Trevor Siegenthaler 2x4, Sam Shatrawka 2x2, Wes Williams 2x2. 2B — P: Bauer, Thomas Leibfried; B: Trey Laube, Williams. 3B — P: Teagan Feiderick, Tyler Udelhoven. W — Cole Breuer (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 8 SO, 1 BB). L — Trenton Bauer (0–2, 3 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 3 SO, 2 BB).

Barneveld 8, Potosi 2
(from Friday, May 1 @ Barneveld)
Barneveld    213    002    0     —  8  10  0
Potosi    000    020    0    —  2    9  4
Leading hitters — B: Cole Breuer 3x4. Dalton 3x3; P: Riley Hawes 3x4, Zach Reuter 2x3, Nate Friederick 2x2. 2B — B: Dalton; P: Hawes, Teagan Friederick. W — Colton Sullivan (4 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 SO, 0 BB). L — Thomas Leibfried (1–2, 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 SO, 3 BB).

Potosi 4, Shullsburg/Benton 1
(from Monday, May 4 @ Potosi)
Shulls/Benton    000    000    1     —  1  9  1
Potosi    100    120    x    —  4  7  2
Leading hitters — S/B: Brett Matye 2x3, Gille 2x4, Cook 2x4; P: Jake Udelhoven 2x4, Reuter 2x3. W — Jake Udelhoven (4–1, 7 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 10 SO, 3 BB). L — Cook (6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 10 SO, 2 BB).