The Montello Granite Jaxx continued their current hot streak, hammering home an 8-2 victory over host Sun Prairie in a Home Talent League Eastern Section game on Sunday at Ashley Field.
The defending Eastern Section champs, who have won four straight and eight of their last nine, took over sole possession of first place in the section following Portage’s 1-0 win over Monona. Montello (11-3) seized the lead with a two-run first inning behind back-to-back RBI singles by Ryan Pollesch and Curtis Morgan.
The Granite Jaxx added single tallies in the third and fourth before the Red Birds (5-6) cut the lead in half with a two-run fourth inning. That was as close as Sun Prairie got, as Montello quickly responded with a three runs in the fifth on RBI singles by Morgan, Cody Ryan and Nick Polcyn to take a 7-2 lead.
Morgan, who went 3-for-4, struck out 10 and gave up just two runs on four hits and two walks over eight innings to get the win. Montello pounded out 15 hits, led by Matt Sosinsky, who went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles.
Montello will be off next week before hosting Marshall on July 20.
MONTELLO 8, SUN PRAIRIE 2
Montello 201 131 000 — 8 15 2
Sun Prairie 000 200 000 — 2 4 3
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Mon: Daniels (W; 8-4-2-2-10), No. Polcyn (1-0-0-0-1). SP: Middaugh (L; 3-6-4-1-3), Mailandt (2-1-0-2-1), Hoffman (2-3-1-2-1), Rueter (2-5-3-2-0).
Leading hitters — Mon: Sosinsky (4x6), Pollesch (3x5), Morgan (3x4), Ni. Polcyn (2x4), Ryan (2x4). 2B — Sosinsky 2, Pollesch, Morgan, Ryan. SP: none.
Indians can’t put out Firemen
A five-run first inning was too much for Poynette to overcome Sunday as the Indians fell to host Cottage Grove 11-8.
The Indians (9-5) struck first for a run in the top of the first inning before the Firemen responded with five runs in the home half of the opening frame. Cottage Grove (7-6) added two runs in the bottom of the fifth before Poynette answered with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to make it 7-3.
The Firemen again answered as they posted four more runs over the next two innings to seize an 11-3 edge heading to the eighth. Poynette clawed back to within 11-7 after a four-run eighth and cut the deficit to three with a run in the ninth, but the Indians were unable to finish off the comeback try.
Kory Ryan went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and Anthony Mabrey went 2-for-6 with a double, while Jalen Knuteson and Cody Matush each had a pair of hits.
Poynette will look to get back in the win column next week when it travels to Monona.
COTTAGE GROVE 11, POYNETTE 8
Poynette 100 002 041 — 8 11 1
Cottage Grove 500 021 300 — 11 14 3
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Poy: Mabrey (L; 5-9-7-4-4), O’Connor (3-5-4-2-1). CG: Dimmig (W; 6-6-3-2-2), Lehman (2-4-2-3-1), Blakley (1-1-0-0-1).
Leading Hitters — Poy: Knuteson (2x5), Mabrey (2x6), Ryan (4x5), Matush (2x3). 2B — Mabrey, Ryan 2. CG: Blakley (2x4), Bortz (2x4), Strommen (3x5), Schroeder-Gasser (3x4), 2B — Blakley, Schroeder-Gasser 2. HR — Bortz, Schroeder-Gasser.
Rio rallies past Marshall
After building an early lead, it was a late comeback that helped propel the Rio Railmen past Marshall 6-5.
Rio (4-10) built a comfortable 4-2 lead through the first three innings before the Firemen (0-14) scored a pair in the bottom of the fourth and added another in the fifth to take the lead. That advantage held up until the eighth, when Rio scored twice to take a 6-5 lead and held on to snap a five-game skid.
Trajan Prochnow went 4-for-5 with a double, while Trevor Kearney fanned eight over 5⅓ innings to get the win.
The Railmen will aim for back-to-back wins for the first time all year next week when they host Portage.
RIO 6, MARSHALL 5
Rio 211 000 020 — 6 14 3
Marshall 101 210 000 — 5 9 5
Pitchers (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Rio: Jenkins (3.2-5-4-4-2), T. Kearney (W; 5.1-4-0-3-8). Mar: J. Gomez (L; 9-14-4-2-14).
Leading hitters — Rio: B. Kearney (2x3), Prochnow (4x5), Schmidt (3x5). 2B — Prochnow. Mar: Wilke (2x5), Mares (2x4). 3B — J. Gomez, Leske.