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July 27, 2012 | 01:23 AM
GENOA CITY - In a masterful performance, Red Legs ace Cal Rohrman tossed a one-hit complete game shutout Thursday night as Genoa City blanked Janesville, 3-0, in regional playoff action.
The host Red Legs battle Beloit, a team which has beaten them twice this season, Friday at 5 p.m. at Krisik Park. The double elimination regional runs through Saturday at Krisik Park in Genoa City.
Rohrman was in control all night, striking out eight and making it look easy. In nine innings, Rohrman only needed 106 pitches.
"I had a great fastball and couldn't really find my curveball," Rohrman said. "But by the fifth, it hit me. I knew I was giving it my all. This was my best pitching performance in awhile. I felt great warming up, and I knew it was going to be a great day."
Genoa City head coach Gary Cukla was impressed by Rohrman.
"You expect your ace to come through, and he came through," Cukla said. "He's college bound, and he showed it. He only had 70 pitches in seven innings, and that's unusual. He's got control of his pitches. We had some good defensive plays."
Cukla said the Red Legs are poised to win the tournament and advance to state.
"We lost to Beloit twice," he said. "We owe them something. The kids have a lot of confidence. They want to go to state. They have a chip on their shoulder. These other teams don't think we're very good."
Shortstop Ian Weber led the charge for the Red Legs with two hits and two runs scored.
While most of the area was plagued by powerful rains Thursday, it rained for maybe five minutes early in the game before sunny skies rolled in. Genoa City opened up the scoring in the top of the third. Weber smashed a single and advanced to third before Travis Stahulak bunted him home with a suicide squeeze. A few pitches later, Kevin Conrad scampered home from third on a passed ball to make it 2-0.
From there, Rohrman was pretty much untouchable, enjoying several 1-2-3 innings. In the eighth, the Madison Tech recruit allowed his only hit, and the Janesville runner advanced to second. But Rohrman got out of the jam with no damage.
Conrad, who will play for the South in the American Legion All-Star game next month at Miller Park, provided much-needed insurance in the seventh. His RBI double scored Weber to extend the Genoa City lead to 3-0.
"The third run was really important," Cukla said.
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