Prep Baseball Report

No. 2 Janesville Craig Takes Down No. 10 Verona 8-4

By Matt Huck
Area Scout

JANESVILLE, WI – In a matchup of Big Eight conference rivals and two Top 25 teams No. 2 Janesville Craig used a six run fifth to top No. 10 Verona 8-4 on Tuesday afternoon.

After surrendering three in the top half of the fifth to trail 4-2, Craig erupted for six runs in the bottom half to take a commanding 8-4 lead. Evan Spry worked a walk to start the inning followed by a single by Jacob Campbell, and a miscommunication on a bunt loaded the bases for Luke Malmanger. Malmanger delivered a two run double to tie the game at four. Rian Arreazola delivered an RBI single and Austin Kraus brought home two more with a triple to right field.

Trailing 2-1 in the fifth Verona scored three times after Ben Rortvedt doubled to lead off the inning, Keaton Knueppel singled, and Stephen Lund drove in both with a double to give Verona the lead. Aaron Faga drove in Lund with a single to make the lead 4-2. Jack Blomgren came in from short to relieve Craig starter Evan Spry. Blomgren preceded to strikeout the next two hitters and get a groundout to stop the rally.

No. 2 Craig moves to 3-0 on the season and returns to action on Thursday at home against Madison East. No. 10 Verona drops to 1-2 on the year and returns to action on Thursday at home against Janesville Parker.

Statistical Highlights

+ Evan Spry and Jack Blomgren combined to strikeout 15 Verona hitters.
+ Stephen Lund went 3-4 with 3 RBIs and a double
+ Keaton Knueppel went 3-4 with a 2B and a run scored
+ Luke Lalmanger went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs
+ Noah Berghammer went 3-4 with a 2B, stolen base, and a run scored

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