Trent Bobula hustles to first base in a recent game. Mike Ramczyk. (click for larger version)
July 01, 2013 | 03:57 PMGENOA CITY — The Kenosha Merchants Senior Legion baseball may have been ranked No. 2 in the state in last week's rankings, but that didn't matter much to Genoa City.
The Red Legs, ranked No. 7 in last week's Wisconsin American Legion Baseball Association Class AAA poll, knocked off Kenosha June 27 and 28.
On June 28, Genoa City, now 8-5 overall, did it with pitching and defense at Krisik Field.
Delavan-Darien's Bryce Davis earned his second victory of the season on the mound. He struck out five and walked five while only allowing four hits in a 2-1 victory. Davis got out of jams in the second and seventh innings and relied on his defense throughout the night.
Davis improved his team-leading ERA to 1.88.
"Every time, Bryce got out of it by striking out the Merchants or one of his teammates made an outstanding play," said Genoa City coach Gary Cukla.
In center field, Colton Andresen made a diving catch, which turned into a double play.
Also, first baseman James Alexander made a tough play to end the game.
"It's not easy defeating a state-ranked team like Kenosha once in a season, let alone back-to-back," Cukla said.
Andresen led off the game with a hit and scored on an RBI single by Colin Barry. In the fifth inning, Genoa City scored its final run when Barry drove in Nick Van Kampen with a hit. Van Kempen went 2-for-3 on the night.
Andresen and Barry each collected two hits in the game.
Barry leads the team with a .410 batting average. Andresen is hitting .364 with 11 runs scored.
Genoa City travels to the Mundelein, Ill. tournament this weekend.
Genoa City 6, Kenosha 2
On June 27 in Kenosha, the Red Legs got a big lead on Kenosha early.
Genoa City took a 6-0 lead in the first inning. Corey Crowder's two-run single scored Kyle Nixon and Andresen, who led off the game with a walk. Then, Barry doubled to plate Crowder, making it 3-0. Two hits and two errors followed, and the Merchants found themselves in a big hole.
Andresen went to work on the mound. He dominated, allowing one earned run on five hits in complete game victory.
"That was Colton at his best," Cukla said. "He kept hitters off balance and looked good doing it. They really only hit the ball hard twice against him all night. Our defense was stellar, committing only one error and turning two double plays."
Genoa City smashed 10 hits, led by Nixon's two. Levi Burnette added an RBI triple.
Janesville 8, Genoa City 5
The week started off with a solid comeback attempt by the Red Legs.
In Janesville on June 26, Genoa City looked to avenge an earlier loss to Janesville. But thanks to four Red Legs errors, Janesville took a 7-3 lead after four innings.
"We had several key errors that allowed Janesville to continue innings and score unearned runs," Cukla said.
Genoa City cut the lead to 7-5 with two runs in the sixth. Brendan Huber knocked in a run with an RBI double, and Eric Kremers followed with another RBI double. But the Red Legs couldn't muster any more offense.
"We had too many mistakes, and we are just going to have to clean them up soon," Cukla said.
Erik Nevoso went the distance on the mound for Genoa City, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits. The Red Legs committed seven errors.
Genoa City totaled five hits, led by Crowder's two. Andresen, Kremers and Van Kampen each tallied one hit.