May 27, 2014 | 02:55 PMWESTOSHA — For awhile on Thursday it seemed like a game of hot potato.
Lake Geneva Badger and Westosha Central passed the lead back and forth four times, but the Badgers eventually prevailed 5-3.
The victory gave the Badgers a split with Westosha as the two teams met twice last week. On Tuesday, the Badgers dropped a 11-4 game to visiting Westosha.
In the win, the Badgers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Colton Tisch started it with a double and Alex Morland drove him in with a single.
The bottom of the order got 6 of the Badger’s 10 hits with 2 each from John Laskowski, Clint Ugolini and Tisch. Tisch and Ugolini each drove in a run.
The Badgers sealed the victory with 2 in the top of the ninth. A fielder’s choice gave Badgers the lead for good. Ugolini also had an RBI single.
The Badgers added 2 in the fifth when Tisch’s single drove in Derek Denecke.
On the mound, Laskowski was credited by the Badger coaches for working out of 10 tough spots during the game.
He pitched nine innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 8 hits. He faced his toughest situation in the ninth inning. Laskowski also had five Ks without a walk.
The win put the Badgers record at 4-15.
Alex Johnson’s 2 for 3 at the plate wasn’t enough to overcome 13 Westosha hits on Tuesday. Denecke, Levi Burnette, Alex Morland, Ugolini, Laskowski and Tisch all contributed with hits for the Badgers.
Westosha Central took the lead in the first, scoring 4 runs on a double and 2 singles.
The visitors added 3 more runs in the top of the third aided by a Badger error.
Badgers scored 1 run in the third.
Donald Schnurer was the losing pitcher allowing 11 runs in six innings. He walked three and struck out five. Morland finished up without giving up a hit and striking out 1 in the final frame.
The Badgers led by 5 runs in the fifth inning against Janesville Craig but lost 7-6, last Monday night in Janesville.
Levi Burnette accounted for 2 RBIs on 3 singles for the Badgers
Johnson was charged with the loss. He lasted just one-third of an inning, walked two, struck out none, allowing 2 runs.
Craig scored 6 in the sixth to take the lead for good.
The Badgers played Tuesday night at Union Grove. A final score wasn’t available by presstime.
On Saturday, the Badgers will host Fort Atkinson at 10 a.m.