With lightning threatening to end Monday’s game early, the Baraboo prep baseball team wanted to avoid extra innings.
They did so, as Caden Blum doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and eventually scored on a wild pitch to give host Baraboo a 6-5 come-from-behind win over Fort Atkinson at Mary Rountree Evans Field.
“That was a nice win against a good team,” Baraboo coach Steve Considine said. “We’ve played a lot of one-run games, so our guys are good in those situations. ... Now we have to do it in a conference game.”
It was the second walk-off win in the last eight days for the T-Birds, who also notched a 2-1 eight-inning win over Lodi on April 15.
It took work to get to that point Monday, as Fort Atkinson established early breathing room by scoring two runs in both the second and third innings.
Baraboo (6-7) began to chip away in the bottom of the third. Payton Steiner singled to get it started, then advanced to second when Calvin Peterson drew a walk. Ethan Cummisford doubled to left-center field to bring home Steiner, then Brock Turkington hit a two-out single to score Peterson and trim the deficit to 4-2. The T-Birds weren’t done, as Matt Gust was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cummisford came home on a wild pitch to pull Baraboo within 4-3 after three innings.
The Blackhawks (5-7) managed just two total hits in the final four innings, but managed to score in the fifth when Cody Zahn led off with a single and eventually scored to give Fort Atkinson a 5-3 lead.
Baraboo pulled even in the sixth. Peterson singled to drive in a run, advanced when Trevor Adams drew a walk and came home to tie the game at 4 on a Turkington single.
Steiner got out of a jam in the top of the seventh, stranding a runner at third base to keep it tied.
The T-Birds took advantage, as Blum doubled and Keagan Marking bunted him to third, allowing him to score on a wild pitch.
Baraboo will visit Badger North Conference rival Sauk Prairie on Tuesday. Sauk Prairie swept Baraboo last season, outscoring the T-Birds 40-8 in three games, including a WIAA regional game. The T-Birds are looking for their first conference win since a 5-3 win at DeForest on May 18, 2017.
“Sauk’s a good team,” Considine said. “We think we match up well. If we play like we can it should be a good one.”