Two and through for Genoa Senior Legion
July 28, 2010 | 08:27 AM
Batting average — Colter Beck .493; Clint Andresen .391; Laramie Wieseman .366; Brett Marth .365; Johnny Wilson .328. Home runs — Beck 4; Wilson 2. RBI — Beck 28; Wilson 18; Andresen 15; Marth 13; Wieseman 10.|
Genoa City — The numbers game plagued the Geneva/Genoa Senior Legion squad all season, and it finally caught up to the Red Legs at the worst possible time — regionals.
Friday marked the end of the season with a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat at the hands of the 17U Union Grove squad. Geneva/Genoa finished its campaign 15-12 overall. Coach Curt Andresen said it was a disappointing way to end the season.
"We were missing a lot of players," he said Monday. "With all of our guns, we would've been fine. There was just a lack of communication between the players and me all season."
Playing with three kids from the 17U squad and without Johnny Wilson, Laramie Wieseman or Jake Hodgeman, the Red Legs committed five errors, which led to five unearned runs. Despite all the odds, Geneva/Genoa still rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to tie the score at 6-6. Then, the Red Legs grasped a slim 7-6 lead in the ninth.
In the ninth, Westosha Central's Brett Marth came in to relieve Colton Andresen, who had gone 8-1/3 strong innings while allowing only eight hits and striking out six.
Marth was poised to shut the door on Union Grove, but shoddy defense proved to seal Geneva/Genoa's fate. After striking out the first batter he faced, Marth forced a pop fly to first baseman Alec Storms. However, Storms lost his footing and couldn't come up with the ball. That batter walked. The next hitter smashed a ground ball that was too hot to handle for Storms, and Union Grove was threatening with runners on first and second with one out.
After a single tied the game and moved runners to second and third, the next slugger singled to win the game, 8-7.
Along with Colton Andresen, junior legion players Rory Klean and Ian Weber started for the seniors. Coach Andresen was proud of his 15-year-old son's strong outing.
"I am proud of him," Coach Andresen said. "He never got too riled up. It's just that every error was costly, and that really hurt us."
Coach Andresen will lose plenty of standouts next year, including Clint Andresen, Colter Beck, Marth, Ryan Shaw, Wieseman, Hodgeman and Ryan Meinen. However, Storms and two Wilmot standouts, Sawyer Tisch and Ty Singleton, will be back.
"We have seven good 17U kids next year," Coach Andresen said. "We missed a lot of guys this year. I guess it's called summer baseball for a reason, but it's still legion baseball. We will have tryouts next year. We need to go young."
Clint Andresen led the way with three hits, and Beck, Storms and Tisch each added two hits.
Janesville 10, Geneva/Genoa 9 (10 innings)
Janesville — Beck almost saved the day July 21 at Riverside Park with a two-run circuit clout in the eighth inning.
The blast tied the score at 9-9. The game headed to the 10th inning, where Geneva/Genoa grabbed a one-run lead but lost it in the bottom half. The Red Legs walked in the last two batters to lose the game.
Beck paced Geneva/Genoa with three hits including the home run. Clint Andresen also collected three hits, and Bubba Lahoe had two singles.
"Shaw was a little off on the mound in the 10th," Coach Andresen said.