Photo Gallery: 10U squad against Monroe

Tyler Conklin leads off from third base last Saturday against Monroe.

The U10 Stoughton squad participated in the Oregon Youth Baseball tournament last weekend along with the U11 team. The U11 team made the semifinals of the tournament.


Home Talent League: Merchants clinch Southeast playoff spot with shutout

Second baseman Simon Maurice handles a groundball that ricocheted off of Sean Gerber’s glove Sunday in a Southeast Section Home Talent League game against McFarland at Slettum Field. The out kept a no-hitter going for pitcher Erick Sperloen (15). Sperloen lost the no-hitter in the eighth. [Photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Stoughton Home Talent pitcher Erick Sperloen made it to the eighth inning with a no-hitter, and the Merchants clinched a Southeastern Section playoff berth with a 4-0 win over McFarland Sunday at Slettum Field.

The host Merchants (13-1) scored twice in the first inning, and that was all Sperloen needed, as the only baserunners until the eighth reached on a walk and an error.

Sperloen’s no-hit bid ended on a liner off of his cleat in the top of the eighth. Kyle White just beat the throw for McFarland’s first hit.

“I had good command of everything,” Sperloen said. “Minus the one walk, I wasn’t too worried about walking anybody. My curveball was working great.”

The win also avenged an earlier loss to McFarland, which is the Merchants’ only loss this season.


Home Talent League: A’s hold off Albion in extras

Ben Hildebrandt scores on of his three runs in the eighth inning Sunday at Albion in a Southeast Section Home Talent League game. Hildebrandt scored three of the four runs in a 4-3 Utica win. [Photos by Jeremy Jones]

 Center fielder Chris Lund knocked in three runs and ace Kyle Bates pitched 10 solid innings Sunday to keep the Utica Association firmly in the Southeast Section playoff picture.

Lund collected four of the A’s seven hits and Bates scattered eight hits in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory in Albion.

Though veteran Tigers reliever Mike Nanstad sat down Bates and Dane Schultz quickly in the 10th inning, Ben Hildenbrandt and Lund once again came through for Utica.

Hildebrandt (3-for-5) who had Utica’s other three hits reached base with a single past shortstop before Lund turned on a 10th inning fastball, hitting a bomb to the right-center field gap.


Senior Legion: Stoughton wins three of five in busy week

Nathan Varese trots into second base after hitting an RBI double in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday against Madison La Follette. Stoughton took both games against the Lancers. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

The Stoughton Senior Legion won three of five games over four days last week.

Stoughton 13, Fort 10

Stoughton overcame an early deficit to once again knock off the Fort Atkinson Senior Hawks on Thursday.

The host Stoughton squad found itself down 9-0 in the top of the first inning, but it benefitted from four errors to chip away at the Hawks (7-5) lead en route to a 6-run sixth inning.

Fort Atkinson scored nine times on four hits and five walks in the first inning.

Matt Romens put Fort Atkinson on the board with a 2-run double and Logan Koch followed with an RBI single. 


Home Talent League: Merchants walk away victorious

Kris Rosholt and Ben Gerber celebrate following Rosholt scoring Stoughton’s game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday. Simon Maurice walked to score Rosholt, giving the host Merchants the 7-6 Southeast Section victory over Albion. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Short on arms, the Stoughton Home Talent gutted out a pair of one-run victories over the Fourth of July weekend.

With ace Jeremy Dunnihoo and Rory Menzer out of town over the weekend, the Merchants found a way to claw back against Southeast Section rivals Evansville and Albion.

Stoughton 6, Albion 5

Good teams find a way to win ugly. That was the sentiment most everyone expressed following the Merchants 6-5 comeback victory last Sunday. As heated rivalry game as you’re likely to find in the section, Stoughton drew four walks to seal the fate of the visiting Albion Tigers.

Simon Maurice drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Stoughton a 6-5 win over Albion on Sunday. 


Home Talent League: A’s take two over weekend, remain game back of Stoughton

Utica’s Matt Gartzke hit a three-run home run in the second inning and Ben Hildebrandt hit a two-run single in the sixth to power host Utica to a 9-3 win over Deerfield in eight innings.

Dane Schultz earned the win, scattering 11 hits over seven innings. Schultz struck out eight and walked two, while allowing one earned run. Schultz also helped his cause on the mound, going 4-for-5 at the plate.

Christian Stokstad worked the final two innings, striking out one and allowing one hit.

Ben Kojo took the loss for Deerfield, allowing nine earned runs in 5 2/3 on 13 hits. He walked three and struck out one.


Senior Legion: Vikings knocks off Lodi

Stoughton second baseman Zach Hasselberger attempts to make a backhand stop in the bottom of the first inning. Hasselberger was unable to make the out at first base. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Stoughton Senior Legion split last week’s games going to 3-5 overall on the season.

Stoughton 11, Lodi 4

Stoughton benefited from one big inning and a journeyman effort on the mound July 2, rolling 11-4 over visiting Lodi.

The hosts batted around en route to a nine-run third inning last Wednesday.

Jake Kissling and Alex Zacharias highlighted the inning with doubles. Stoughton drew six walks in the inning.

Stoughton’s Sam Ripp got the start, walking three and allowing four hits over two innings before giving way to Austin Nowicki.

Nowicki struck out one and walked one in two innings. Jake Kissling, Brady Wanninger and Jeremiah Jimenez all tossed one inning of relief from that point.


Senior Legion: Short-handed Legion squad drops two games last week

Playing out of position and with several JV players trying to make the leap up in competition, Stoughton Senior Legion committed five errors and fell 5-1 at Milton last Thursday.

“We played sloppy defense, especially in the first inning, with a lot of guys in different positions,” Stoughton head coach Jeremy Dunnihoo said. 

Stoughton also struggled to get good at bats as Milton’s Tyler Westrick struck out 16 and in a complete-game two-hitter.

Jacob Johnson accounted for one of those hits, scoring Nick Woodstock.

Sam Ripp got the start and worked five innings. He allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out eight.

Jake Kissling struck out one and walked one in two innings of relief.

Sun Prairie (DH)


Baseball: Bunnell verbally commits to Division I Kansas State

Senior Cade Bunnell made a verbal commitment to play Division I baseball for Kansas State University on June 2, a commitment he intends to make official on signing day. Bunnell, a shortstop for the high school varsity team, will be a middle infielder at Kansas State. [File photos by Anthony Iozzo]

Ever since Stoughton senior Cade Bunnell began playing baseball, he dreamed about making it to the MLB.

From summer ball to playing for the varsity high school team, Bunnell not only made a name for himself locally but also around the baseball community, and that caused several Division 1 colleges to take notice.

Bunnell, after looking over several options, started the path to a potential baseball career on June 2 by verbally committing to Division I Kansas State University, which plays in the Big 12.

“It is pretty unbelievable to grow up watching those big-time schools and being like, ‘Wow, these schools are unbelievable,’” said Bunnell, who is the first Viking to sign with a D1 school since BJ Schumacher eight-plus years ago. “Now saying that I will play against those teams with Kansas State is great.


HTL: Two errors in sixth inning lead to three unearned runs in Utica loss

Utica’s Max Gartzke reacts after his strikeout ended the A’s Southeast Section comeback bid in a 3-2 loss to visiting Fort Atkinson. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Catcher Austin Mades started a chain reaction, which ultimately sunk the host Utica A’s Sunday in a 3-2 loss against Fort Atkinson.

Not knowing the situation, Mades overthrew second base on a walk, which allowed one run to score. The Generals took the lead on a throwing second error at third base and never looked back.

“It makes the loss tougher to take because all three of those runs were unearned,” Utica manager Dale Vike said. “The one-run lead we had at that point wasn’t very comfortable, but you can’t give away three runs.”

Utica starting pitcher Kyle Bates took the loss while giving up six hits in seven innings. He walked and struck out three apiece.

Dane Schultz worked the final two innings, walking one and striking out two. He gave up one hit.