Goslings sweep doubleheader against Blackhawks
The Watertown baseball team used a pair of crooked innings to sweep a Badger South Conference doubleheader against Fort Atkinson 12-3, 5-3 at Washington Park on Friday.
In the opener, the Goslings sent 12 hitters to the dish and plated eight runs in the second inning to blow the game open.
Watertown (8-6, 4-4 in conference) trailed 3-0 in game 2 before posting a 5-spot in the fifth inning to take command.
“The biggest thing was to jump on them early and obviously that kind of takes the momentum away,” Watertown baseball coach Andy Cashin said. “We did a good job of keeping the pressure on in that inning. We were able to capitalize on their mistakes. To get up big like that and to be able to pitch and play defense with the lead is a lot easier. We needed a game like that. We had a lot of tough, close games so that was a big boost for us. It allowed us to let it go and play.”
Fort’s Ethan Heagney had an RBI single in Fort’s 3-run first inning. The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings before the Goslings had three base knocks and drew four walks en route to grabbing a 5-3 lead.
“That definitively helped and got us all going,” Watertown’s Daniel Denault said of the five-run fifth inning in game 2. “I think it got us going even more than the 8-run inning.”
“We’ve had a number of games this year where we’ve had one bad inning,” Cashin said of the three-run first frame in game 2. “That right there was that bad inning. It started with an error and kind of compounded with passed balls behind the plate. The ability for us to come back and have that big five-run inning just shows the resolve of this team. It shows there is going to be good things yet to come.”
Cameron Streich earned the decision, pitching five innings and allowing one earned. He struck out six and walked two before turning it over to Denault. Denault threw two scoreless, striking out a pair to get the save.
“Both (our starters) went deep in the game and both did a great job,” Cashin said. “Cam shut them out after that first inning. I can’t say enough about Daniel Denault in both games. Defensively, in the second game at first base, he was phenomenal. To come in and close both games out, he definitely had great night for us. Defensively besides a few minor miscues, we were good.”
Jacob Crogan was 2 for 4 with a double and Brett Faltersack went 2 for 3.
In game 1, Jacob Fischer struck out six, allowing two earned over six innings to get the victory. Denault needed only eight pitches to throw a scoreless seventh.
Derek Rowedder was 2 for 4 with four RBIs and leadoff hitter Payton Foltz went 3 for 4 two runs driven in.
Nick Logan and Collin Nehls both crossed home twice.
“We’ve been right there in a lot of games, we just haven’t been able to get over that hump,” Cashin said. “Tonight, we took a step in the right direction.”
Fort Atkinson (8-9, 5-5) scored six runs on nine hits for the day. The Blackhawks grabbed some momentum in the second game but weren’t able to sustain it.
“Frustrating to have game 1 kind of go the way it did,” Fort Atkinson baseball coach Andy Schwantes said. “We were ready to play but had a tough second inning. I don’t think we responded overly well and kind of let it get out of control. In game 2, I thought we had energy and were ready to rebound. We scored three in the first but I felt like we got a little complacent. I think guys felt that was a good first punch but certainly not enough to hang on for the rest of the game.”
Fort’s Branden Zastrow was 2 for 3 with a run scored in the first game. The Blackhawks’ Nolan Jensen and Ethan Heagney each had one of the team’s four singles in the finale.
Working deeper into counts will be key for Fort moving forward.
“We had been doing a pretty good job prior to this week of working deeper counts and at-bats; battling until we could get a pitch we could hit hard,” Schwantes said. “I wouldn’t say it was an issue all night, but there were certainly innings we made it easy on both their starters. Not a lot of hard contact and great pitch selection. I think if we can get back to doing what we had been doing prior to the week it certainly helps our offense a lot more than it did tonight.”
Heagney worked five innings in game 2, allowing two earned and seven hits. Dayne Sebranek threw two scoreless innings in relief.
Watertown hosts Edgewood on Monday at Washington Park in a rescheduled conference tilt starting at 5 p.m.
WATERTOWN 12, FORT ATKINSON 3
Fort 010 110 0 — 3 5 0
Watertown 080 121 X — 12 14 0
Fort Atkinson (ab-r-h-rbi) — Heederik 4-1-1-0, Vander Mause 4-0-0-0, Zahn 2-1-1-0, Heagney 3-0-1-1, Zastrow 3-1-2-0, Sebranek 3-0-0-0, Koenig 3-0-0-1, Kienbaum 3-0-0-0, Hartman 2-0-0-0. Totals 27-3-5-2.
Watertown (ab-r-h-rbi) — Foltz 4-2-3-2, Fischer 4-1-1-0, Faltersack 4-1-2-2, Rothweiler 3-0-2-2, Crogan 4-0-1-0, Logan 3-2-2-0, Rowedder 4-1-2-4, Oiler 2-1-0-0, Cooper 1-0-0-0, Nehls 2-2-1-0, Traub 1-0-0-0, Noyce 0-0-0-0, Kujawski 0-2-0-0. Totals 32-12-14-10.
2B — Foltz (W), Logan (W), Rowedder (W)
Pitching — HO: Zastrow (FA) 3 in 1, Draeger (FA) 0 in 0, Heederik (FA) 9 in 3.1, Koenig 2 in 1.2; Fischer (W) 5 in 6, Denault (W) 0 in 1. R: Zastrow 5, Draeger 1, Heederik 5, Koenig 1; Fischer 3, Denault 0. SO: Zastrow 1, Draeger 0, Heederik 4, Koenig 1; Fischer 6, Denault 1. BB: Zastrow 4, Draeger 1, Heederik 0, Koenig 0; Fischer 1, Denault 0.
WATERTOWN 5, FORT ATKINSON 3
Watertown 000 050 0 — 5 8 1
Fort 300 000 0 — 3 4 3
Watertown (ab-r-h-rbi) — Foltz 4-1-0-0, Fischer 3-1-1-1, Faltersack 3-1-2-1, Rothweiler 1-0-0-0, Cooper 2-0-1-0, Crogan 4-0-2-1, Logan 4-0-0-0, Rowedder 3-0-1-0, Oiler 3-0-0-0, Denault 2-1-1-1, Kujawski 0-1-0-0. Totals 29-5-8-4.
Fort Atkinson (ab-r-h-rbi) — Zastrow 2-1-0-0, Heederik 3-1-1-0, Zahn 3-0-0-0, Heagney 3-1-1-1, Sebranek 3-0-1-0, Vander Mause 1-0-0-0, Koenig 3-0-0-0, Kienbaum 2-0-0-0, Jensen 1-0-1-0, Hartman 3-0-0-0. Totals 24-3-4-1.
Pitching — HO: Streich (W) 3 in 5, Denault (W) 1 in 2; Heagney (FA) 7 in 5, Sebranek (FA) 1 in 2. R: Streich 3, Denault 0; Heagney 5, Sebranek 0. SO: Streich 6, Denault 2; Heagney 2, Sebranek 1. BB: Streich 2, Denault 0; Heagney 5, Sebranek 0.
2B: Crogan (W)