Utica Remaining alive in playoff chase

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Utica pitcher Dane Schultz delivers a strike Saturday, July 18, in Utica against Albion. Severe storms in the area forced the game to be canceled. It will be made up this Saturday at 4 p.m The A’s went on to defeat the Tigers 8-5 on the road Sunday thanks in part to Schultz’s bases-clearing triple.

Pitcher Dane Schultz helped his cause with a three-run triple Sunday to highlight a seven-run seventh for the Utica Home Talent team in an 8-5 victory at Albion. 

The win improved the A’s to 8-3 overall – two games behind Stoughton in the West Division of the Southeast Section.

Schultz, who came into the game Saturday in Utica before rained forced it to be canceled, threw six solid innings 24 hours later. He allowed one earned run on nine hits and one walk, while striking out three. 

Kyle Bates, who struggled on Saturday, threw three innings of relief. He gave up three earned runs on three hits and a walk. 

The A’s committed four errors.


Short-handed bench cost Stoughton shot at sweeping McFarland

Photo by Jeremy Jones. Stoughton second baseman Simon Maurice knocks a Joey Lieberman single in the top of the third inning. The host Merchants lost the Southeast Section game to McFarland, 9-2.

Stoughton dropped to a 10-3 overall with Sunday’s loss against McFarland, but remained in the hunt for the top Southeast Section playoff seed. 

Veteran Dave Hanson welcomed McFarland reliever Pete Patten with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, but it was the final run the Merchants managed on their way to a 9-2 loss.

Playing injured or out of position as a result of a short bench didn’t take long to catch up to the Merchants.

Second baseman T.J. DiPrizio was caught off second base following a double to kill any momentum in the second, while infielder Winder Fuentes was forced to move to right field, where a couple of balls over his head led to crucial runs.


Home Talent League: Merchants rally but fall one run short at Albion

Stoughton center fielder Tanner Klitzke makes a sliding catch in front of shortstop Winder Fuentes in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday at Albion. Klitzke doubled Jim Eastman off first base for a double play to start the inning. The Merchants lost the game 10-9. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Home Talent fans that wanted to see plenty of offense were treated to quite a display on a humid Sunday afternoon in Albion as Stoughton and the host Tigers combined for 19 runs on 35 hits

Despite a feverish rally late in the game, the Tigers found a way to make their early lead hold up and took a crucial Southeast Section game 10-9.

Designated hitter Austin Mades finished 4-for-5, while leadoff hitter Aaron Laskowski, Josh Eastman and Kris Agnew each had three hits for the home team.  

Laskowski and Mades each knocked in three RBIs for Albion, while Eastman drove in a pair as Albion saw its leadoff hitter reach base in all but two innings.

“It’s tough when you’ve got the lead-off guy on base every inning, but you’ve still got to play,” Merchants manager Dale Seffens said.


Home Talent League: Stokstad, Gartzke deliver for A’s against Evansville

Utica left fielder Max Gartzke celebrates with teammates following his 3-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday against Evansville. Gartzke’s hit helped the A’s open up a three run lead en route to a much-needed 5-2 Southeast Section victory. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

With a complete roster at his disposal for only three games this summer, Utica Home Talent manager Dale Vike hasn’t been surprised with his team’s lack of run support at times.

Saturday, however, the A’s found just enough offense to pull out a 5-2 Southeast Section victory against Evansville. It was a game fourth-place Utica needed to have any shot at a postseason berth next month and supplied some much-needed offense for spot-starter Christian Stokstad.

Stokstad, who was making only his second appearance of the season and his first Sunday start, struck out two while only allowing two earned runs on nine hits.

“I thought I’d be out in right field when I woke up this morning, but I always like pitching,” he said. “I was able to locate my fastball and it kind of all starts from there.”


Home Talent League: Merchants take over first place

Stoughton Home Talent first baseman Max Fuller drives in a run in the seventh inning Saturday at Evansville’s Lake Leota Park. The Merchants scored four runs in the first two innings en route to a 9-1 Southeast Section victory. Stoughton moved a 1/2 game ahead of Albion with a second victory over Evansville on Sunday. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Stoughton Home Talent overtook Albion for first place in the Southeast Section with a pair of victories over Evansville last weekend.

The Merchants jumped out to a quick four-run advantage Saturday over the first two innings but saw their bats go cold through the middle innings en route to a 9-1 victory.

“The first two innings we were seeing a lot of fastballs. From the third on he threw a lot of off-speed pitches and it took us awhile to adjust,” manager Dale Seffens said. “Normally, we’re shorthanded over the Fourth weekend but with nearly everyone here today, I thought we played pretty well.”

Stoughton sent seven hitters to the plate in the first inning, scoring twice on two hits, two walks and two errors.


Girls golf: SHS grads all moving on to play golf in college

Seniors Tayler Wise (from left), Ashli Stolen and Kailey Taebel are all continuing their golf careers in college after helping the Stoughton High School varsity team the past four years. Taebel is playing at Carthage College, while Stolen is playing at Cardinal Stritch University. Wise is going to Marian University. [File photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Senior graduates Ashli Stolen, Kailey Taebel and Tayler Wise have come a long way during their time with the Stoughton High School varsity program.

Stolen and Taebel were on varsity as freshmen, while Wise joined varsity full-time in her sophomore year. But all three were shooting in the 100s when they started.

By the time they played their last hole for SHS, each was not only consistently shooting in the 70s and low 80s but also a role model for the younger golfers.

And now all three are planning to play in college, with Stolen heading to Cardinal Stritch University, Taebel off to Carthage College and Wise going to Marian University.


Baseball: Bunnell, Zacharias earn first-team selections

Senior Cade Bunnell was named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference. [File photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Seniors Cade Bunnell and Alex Zacharias both led the Stoughton High School baseball team with first-team All-Badger South infielders this season.

At third base, Zacharias was 31-for-94 (.330 batting average) with 10 doubles, a triple, a home run, 15 RBIs and 20 runs scored this season. He also had a .914 fielding percentage.

At shortstop, Bunnell was 35-for-78 (.449) with 12 doubles, a triple, five home runs, 24 RBIs and 32 runs scored. He also had a .941 fielding percentage.

Senior Alec Showers was named to the second team as a designated hitter/utility player. He was 35-for-89 (.393) with 17 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 26 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

Senior Sam Ripp and freshmen Dylan Nowicki and Brady Schipper rounded out the list as honorable mentions.


Home Talent League: Merchants edge McFarland

Stoughton second baseman Simon Maurice applies the tag on McFarland’s Cory Schuchardt in the first inning. Schuchardt singled, but was thrown out by left fielder Dave Hansen trying to leg out a double. The Merchants defeated the host Muskies 4-3. [Photos by Jeremy Jones]

Ace Jeremy Dunnihoo struggled to consistently find the strike zone and Stoughton failed to execute offensively throughout much of Sunday’s Southeast Section game. Still, the Merchants found a way to eke out a 4-3 victory over McFarland thanks to the bottom of the order and an RBI single by Rory Menzer in the top of the ninth inning.

“Jeremy hadn’t pitched in a couple weeks and that’s a tough team to beat at home,” Merchants manager Dale Seffens said. “I was just glad we were able to get the win.”

No one above fifth in the lineup got a hit for the Merchants.


Girls soccer: Olson earns honorable mention

Junior Leah Olson was the lone All-Badger South Conference selection for Stoughton High School this season.

Olson was named as an honorable mention to a list that includes eight Oregon, eight Monona Grove, four Fort Atkinson, three Milton and two Monroe selections.


Boys basketball: McGlynn is selected to play in the Division 2 WBCA All-Star game

Stoughton senior Nick McGlynn was chosen by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association to play in the Division 2 All-Star game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Just-A-Game Fieldhouse in the Wisconsin Dells.

McGlynn is playing for the South team and joins Levi Bradley (Milwaukee Pius XI), Andre Carroll (Wauwatosa West), Sean Chislom (McFarland), Vinny Cincotta (Jefferson), Drew Fredrickson (Mount Horeb), Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay), Josh Michaels (Greendale), Miles Sigh (Whitefish Bay) and Alex Van Dyke (Union Grove).


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