Neil Braker started off the game with a single and opened the floodgates as the Beaver Dam American Legion Post 146 varsity baseball team overwhelmed Stoughton Post 59 early and never looked back.
Braker’s single sparked a five-run frame and Beaver Dam tacked on four insurance runs in the fourth through sixth innings, winning 9-3 on Thursday night at Norse Park in Stoughton to make it two victories in as many days over Post 59.
Broden Boschert reached on a one-out error that allowed Braker to score the first run of the inning and that was followed by an RBI double by Wesley Biel, an RBI single by Max Klawitter, another run scoring on an error and an RBI single by Carter Marquardt that capped things off.
Brandon LeBeau’s RBI single in the fourth gave Beaver Dam a 6-2 lead and Marquardt and Adam Schmidt both had an RBI in the fifth — Marquardt drove in a run with a single and Schmidt by drawing a walk — to make it 8-2.
Drew Pawicz’s RBI single in the sixth punctuated the scoring for Beaver Dam, which is now 6-7 on the summer.
Klawitter, one of five Beaver Dam batters to record two or more hits on the evening, allowed all three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out eight in 6⅓ innings of work.
Beaver Dam will wrap up regular season play Monday at Fort Atkinson Post 166 before hosting the regional tournament next weekend. Post 146 opens regionals against Stoughton on July 19.
BEAVER DAM 9, STOUGHTON 3</&hspag3>
Beaver Dam 500 121 0 — 9 13 1
Stoughton 020 010 0 — 3 6 6
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-k): BD — Max Klawitter (W, 6.1-4-3-3-8), Alex Schmidt (0.2-2-0-0-1). Sto — Michael Slinde (L, 4-7-3-1-1), Ethan Yahn (2-5-3-2-2), Brady Estervig (1-1-0-0-0).
Leading hitters (two or more hits): BD — Neil Braker 2x5, Brandon LeBeau 3x5, Wesley Biel 3x4, Max Klawitter 2x4, Carter Marquardt 2x3. 2B: Biel. Sto — Brady Estervig 2x4. 2B: Kaden Milbauer.