STOUGHTON — Beaver Dam’s lineup produced only two baserunners and no runs in its first eight plate appearances Tuesday, a stretch spanning the first two innings.
Call it a trial run, because Post 146 had no trouble after that.
Max Wiersma and Connor Cullen led the way at the dish as Beaver Dam banged out 10 hits over the final five innings, producing a 10-0 win over Stoughton Post 59 in an American Legion varsity baseball game at Norsk Park.
“We were a little jumpy the first time through the order — we were trying to get on his fastball right away, so (after that) we just settled in, looked at a couple pitches and then ended up driving our pitch,” said Cullen, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs — the first two on a single to right center in the third inning and the next one on a single to left in the fifth.
Cullen also ran down a fly ball in shallow left from his shortstop position, making a highlight-reel basket catch for the first out in the bottom of the fifth.
And later in that inning, left fielder Marshall Goodrich got a good jump on a hard-hit ball out to deep left and tracked that one down for the second out.
Beaver Dam committed only one error in the contest and the good defense helped Neil Braker go six scoreless while scattering six hits and four walks over his time on the mound.
“This is the first game in probably a week and a half where we’ve played clean defensively, so I’m super pleased with that,” Beaver Dam coach Mark Klawitter said. “And then we got some timely hitting as well.”
Braker did strike out six, including two straight looking in the sixth to get out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam.
“He’s a super competitive kid,” Klawitter said, “so I wouldn’t expect anything less out of him.”
Braker also left a runner at third in the second, a runner at second in the third and another runner at second in the fourth to help preserve the shutout.
“Neil keeps it down really well,” Klawitter said of the lefty, who threw a lot of offspeed stuff. “This was an umpire who didn’t really give that low strike zone a lot, so he battled through it. And he works quick, so it keeps everybody active defensively. He just did a nice job of throwing strikes.”
And he got all the run support he would need in the third on Cullen’s two-run single followed by an RBI single by Dillon Livingston.
But just for good measure, Beaver Dam tacked on five more in the fifth — only three were earned — and two more in the seventh on a two-run single to right by Wiersma, who was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. The leadoff hitter in Post 146’s lineup touched home for the second time on the night after blasting a towering triple that one-hopped the fence in the right field corner.
Next up for Beaver Dam is a game vs. Jefferson Thursday night in Johnson Creek.
BEAVER DAM 10, STOUGHTON 0
Beaver Dam 003 050 2 — 10 12 1
Stoughton 000 000 0 — 0 6 1
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-k): Beaver Dam — Neil Braker (W, 6-6-0-4-6), Marshall Goodrich (1-0-0-1-0). Stoughton — Connor Kalinowski (L, 4.2-10-7-5-1), Landon Lynch (2.2-2-0-1-0).
Leading hitters (two or more hits): Beaver Dam — Max Wiersma 3x5, Connor Cullen 3x4. Stoughton — Kadin Milbauer 2x3. 3B: Beaver Dam — Max Wiersma 1. RBIs: Beaver Dam — Dillon Livingston 1, Connor Cullen 3, Payton Gorr 2, Max Wiersma 2.