The New Franklin baseball team came away with two wins Monday in make-up games against both the Sturgeon Bulldogs and Pilot Grove Tigers.
While playing a total of three games on the night, New Franklin defeated both Sturgeon and Pilot Grove by the scores of 5-2 and 8-5, respectively. Meanwhile, in the only other game, Sturgeon exploded for eight runs in the second to beat Pilot Grove 11-1.
New Franklin wound up finishing 2-0 on the night while Sturgeon was 1-1 and Pilot Grove 0-2.
While the win improved New Franklin’s record to 10-1 overall, head coach Erich Gerding said coming to Sturgeon and getting two wins versus the caliber of Sturgeon and Pilot Grove is a big deal but it’s time to move on to the next one.
In the opening game against Sturgeon, the Bulldogs actually trailed 1-0 after two innings before rallying with two runs in the bottom-half of the third to go up 2-1. Meanwhile, after Sturgeon rallied to tie the game at 2-all in the fifth, New Franklin added three more runs in the sixth to garner the victory.
Gerding said Tanner White did a great job and limited a lot of damage.
Tanner White picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Jerrod Riley recorded the save. Tanner Sandker, meanwhile, took the loss for Sturgeon. White pitched the first-five innings and struck out nine batters while giving up two runs on five hits and three walks. Riley then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed one hit while striking out one.
For Sturgeon, Sandker pitched all six innings and gave up six runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out three.
New Franklin also finished the game with nine hits, with Levi Bishop going 2-for-3 with a single and a double. Tanner White also had two hits and two RBIs while Blake Carleton added a double, TJ Schapira and Jake Hendrix each with one single and one RBI and Zach Evans and Kaleb Anderton with one single each.
Eli Briscoe had both of the team’s hits for Sturgeon with a single and a double. He also drove in one run.
In the second game for New Franklin, the Bulldogs again trailed 1-0 after the second before rallying with five runs in the bottom-half of the third. Meanwhile, after the Tigers plated another run in the top-half of the fifth to cut the lead to three at 5-2, New Franklin came back and added three more runs in the bottom-half of the inning to extend the lead to 8-2. However, in the seventh, Pilot Grove made it close by pushing across four runs to cut the lead to two at 8-6.
Zach Evans picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Alex Twenter took the loss for Pilot Grove. Evans pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, one earned, on eight hits and one walk while striking out three. Jerrod Riley then came in and pitched 1/3 inning for the save and allowed no hits, no runs and no walks.
For Pilot Grove, Twenter 2 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits and five walks while striking out two. Jon Gerke, Jake Leverton and Keaton Vollrath then came in to pitch in relief.
New Franklin also out-hit Pilot Grove 9-8, with Dylan Johnson going 3-for-3 with three singles and one RBI. Levi Bishop was 2-for-4 with a single, double and two RBIs while Tanner White added two singles and two RBIs, Kaleb Anderton with a single and one RBI and Blake Carleton with one single.
For Pilot Grove, Regan Meisenheimer and Keaton Vollrath were each 2-for-4 with two singles while Jacob Twenter had one double and three RBIs and Alex Twenter with one double and one RBI.
In the final game, Sturgeon trailed Pilot Grove 1-0 after one inning but then rallied with 10 unanswered runs over the next-four innings to win by the mercy rule.
Ryan Seidel picked up the win for Sturgeon while Jacob Twenter took the loss for Pilot Grove. Seidel pitched all five innings and struck out 10 batters while giving up one run on five hits. Twenter, meanwhile, pitched 1 2/3 innings and surrendered eight runs on four hits and eight walks while striking out one. Ben Glenn then came in and pitched 3 1/3 innings  in relief and allowed three runs on two hits and five walks while striking out one.
As for the hitting in the game for Sturgeon, Hunter Smith had a single and a double while Tanner Sandker added two singles and two RBIs.
For Pilot Grove, who dropped to 8-4 on the season, Isaac Lorenz went 2-for-3 with a single and a double while Keaton Vollrath added a single and one RBI and Regan Meisenheimer and Ben Glenn each with one single.