MAUSTON — In its first year competing in the Woodside Tuesday Night League, the Portage summer baseball team has had plenty of success.
That stretch continued Tuesday as the Warriors knocked off Adams-Friendship and River Valley in a pair of time-shortened games on the final night of the regular season at Woodside Sports Complex.
“We never got swept; we’re always able to come here and get a split and we finished winning two games,” Portage coach Mike Hemming said. “You want your team to get better as the summer goes on and we’ve done that.”
In their opener against the Green Devils, the Warriors took advantage of five Adams-Friendship errors to earn a 5-1 win in six innings.
Portage (7-3) jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning on an RBI single by Jack Karpelenia, but the Green Devils quickly tied the game with a run in the top of the second.
That tie held up until the bottom of the fifth, when the Warriors took control, scoring four runs to take a 5-1 lead.
After Connor Allsage and Cody Jahn reached on back-to-back errors to start the inning, Grant Garrigan ripped a shot to second base. Adams-Friendship’s Hunter Smith misplayed the ball, allowing Allsage to score for a 2-1 advantage. Warriors starter Ethan Bauer rapped an RBI single to center field, scoring Jahn and Garrigan to make it 4-1.
The Warriors later loaded the bases with two outs and added another run on Austen Stensrud’s walk.
“We still weren’t hitting the ball on the screws, but we were still hitting the ball and the more you do that, the more pressure you put on the defense,” Hemming said. “In that inning, I thought Adams really succumbed to the pressure.”
Bauer earned the win, allowing one run on six hits with four strikeouts over all six innings. He also went 3-for-3 at the plate.
“He gave up one hit every inning, but the defense made plays behind him,” Hemming said.
After their win over the Green Devils, the Warriors defeated the Blackhawks 4-3 in four innings in a game shortened by weather.
The two teams traded single runs over the first two innings before Portage built a lead in the third.
The Warriors loaded the bases with no outs and scored three runs. Brett Walker had an RBI single and Jahn forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk.
“It started with the top of the order and Cody Jahn did a good job coming back to get a walk,” Hemming said. “We want to get that production from a lot of guys.”
River Valley came back, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the fourth to cut the Warriors’ lead to 4-3, but the Blackhawks didn’t get another chance to take the lead as a weather delay forced the game to be called.
Dalton Johnson got the win for the Warriors, allowing one earned run on three hits with four walks over three innings.
Portage will look to stay hot on Saturday when it plays Sun Prairie before traveling to Reedsburg on Monday.
PORTAGE 5, ADAMS-FRIENDSHIP 1 (6)
Adams-Friendship 010 000 – 1 6 5
Portage 100 04x – 5 5 0
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) – AF: Gasienica (4-4-1-1-0), S. Nawrot (L, 1-1-1-2-0). P: Bauer (W, 6-6-1-0-4).
Leading hitters – AF: none. 3B – Deja. P: Bauer 3x3.
PORTAGE 4, RIVER VALLEY 3 (4)
River Valley 100 2 – 4 5 1
Portage 013 0 – 4 4 2
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) – RV: Alt (1-1-0-1-1), Jennings (1-0-0-2-3), Cady (L, 0-2-3-1-0), Spurley (2-0-0-1-2). P: Johnson (W, 3-3-1-4-0), Allsage (1-2-0-0-1).