Jesse Heer’s two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped Platteville last-inning rally and lifted the host Hillmen to a 2-1 walk-off victory over River Valley last Tuesday night.
Heer’s game-winning hit was just Platteville’s fifth of the game, but third in the final inning.
With the win, Platteville’s third in a row - all in conference play, the Hillmen improved to 3-2 overall and 3-0 in the Southwest Wisconsin Conference.
In the midst of a classic pitcher’s duel Platteville entered its final at-bat with just two hits in the first six innings and facing a 1-0 deficit.
River Valley scored its lone run on a Tyler Jacobson RBI single in the top of the fifth inning.
Platteville junior Hunter Johnston led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk, becoming just the fifth Hillman to reach base against River Valley starter Alex Spurley.
After a fly out to center field, Hillmen outfielders Nick Tashner and David Bast rapped back-to-back single. Bast’s base knock plated Johnston and tied the game at 1-1.
After a first-pitch ball, Heer ripped the next pitch he saw for a clean single and delivered a Platteville win.
Hillmen senior Logan Emendorfer (2-1) picked up his second win of the season on the mound allowing just one run on five hits in the complete game victory. He struck out six and walked one.
Platteville 2, River Valley 1
(from Tuesday, April 17 @ Platteville)
River Valley 000 010 0 - 1 5 0
Platteville 000 000 2 - 2 5 0
Leading hitters - RV: Jacobson 2x4. 2B - RV: Jacobson; P: B.J. Cooley. W - Logan Emendorfer (2-1, 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB). L - Spurley (6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 11 SO, 3 BB).