The first full game is finally in the books for the Platteville baseball team.
After six postponements and having last Tuesday’s season-opener at Lancaster suspended due to darkness after nine innings, the Hillmen finally played to completion Monday evening at Hill Field.
Senior first baseman Trevor Lyster’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the game-winner as two-time defending SWAL champion Fennimore held on for a 4–3 come-from-behind non-conference victory.
For five innings Monday afternoon Platteville was seemingly in control.
After allowing a run on an Ian Streeter sacrifice fly in the top of the third, Platteville two-advantage of a costly Fennimore error in the bottom of the inning to build a 3–1 lead.
Junior catcher Jarred Heer singled with one out in the bottom of the third, stole second and came around to score on fellow junior B.J. Cooley’s RBI single tying the game at 1–1.
Senior Hunter Johnston singled with a line drive to left field, and after a strikeout junior Mitch Hefty drew a two-out walk to load the bases.
Platteville scored two key runs two pitches later when Luke Withrow’s grounder to short stop got under the glove and through the legs of Fennimore junior Jeff Needham allowing Cooley and Johnston to score.
The Hillmen (0–1) loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but couldn’t score as reliever Tyler Hunt got a strike out, an infield fly to first and a ground out to second base to escape the jam.
Fennimore got a run back in the fifth inning on Aaron Swann’s sacrifice play of Platteville relief pitcher Tristan Hirsch.
Hirsch gave way to Hefty in the sixth inning.
After a lead off walk to Streeter and a single by Kane Klais, Hefty appeared to be on the verge of escaping the jam after a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout produced back-to-back outs.
But Lyster’s two-out single up the middle scored both pinch runner Zach Adkins and Klais.
Platteville put two runners on in the sixth, but the treat ended with a double play when Adam Brogley flied out to short right field and Heer was thrown out at third trying to tag on the play.
Fennimore’s Klais came on in the bottom of the seventh and struck out the side to end the game and record the save.
Hunt earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief, allowing just three hits while striking out three and walking one.
Hefty took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in his only inning of work.
Platteville starter Jake Withrow allowed just one earned run on two hits in four innings, while striking out two and walking two.
Last Tuesday’s SWC opener at Lancaster was suspended due to darkness after the team’s played nine innings to a 3–3 tie. The game will conclude prior to the teams’ next meeting on April 30 at Platteville.
Lancaster tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh when sophomore short stop Andy Ryan reached on an error.
Platteville scored all three of its runs in the fourth inning. Heer had an RBI single to score Withrow. Cooley’s RBI single plated Logan Butson to make it 2–0, and Heer scored the third run by Brogley reached on an error.
Platteville’s SWC at River Valley was rained out last Thursday and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 2.
Last Friday’s home game with Dodgeville was also postponed and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Friday.
Platteville 3, Lancaster 3
suspended due to darkness
(from Tuesday, April 16 @ Lancaster)
Platteville 000 300 000 — 3 6 2
Lancaster 000 010 200 — 3 9 0
Leading hitters — P: Adam Brogley 3x4; L: Andy Ryan 2x5, Alex Benson 2x3. 2B — P: Brogley, Luke Withrow. W — n/a. L — n/a.
Fennimore 4, Platteville 3
(from Monday, April 22 @ Platteville)
Fennimore 001 012 0 — 4 6 1
Platteville 003 000 0 — 3 8 0
Leading hitters — F: L. Udelhofen 3x3; P: Jarred Heer 2x3, B.J. Cooley 2x3, Hunter Johnston 3x4. 2B — P: Johnston. W — Tyler Hunt (3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 SO, 1 BB). L — Mitch Hefty (0–1, 1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 SO, 1 BB). SV — Kain Klais (1 IP, 0 H, 3 SO, 1 BB).