Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Genoa City Junior Legion gearing up for playoffs

by Mike Ramczyk

July 18, 2013

EAST TROY — Bouncing back from a 7-0 hole is never easy.

But with plenty of offensive firepower, the Genoa City Junior Legion almost pulled off the impossible Sunday at East Troy.

In game two of a doubleheader, Genoa City got to within two runs after falling into an early hole but eventually lost, 11-9.

Despite the loss, Genoa City is 13-6 and begins the playoffs Wednesday in Burlington.

Genoa City’s Colton Tisch was hot from the plate. He went 4-for-5, drove in one and scored two runs. Tisch singled in the first, second, fourth, and seventh innings.

The game was never in doubt after the first, as East Troy scored seven runs on an error, a fielder’s choice, a passed ball, three singles, and a wild pitch.

Genoa City got three-run rallies in the first and fourth innings. In the first, Genoa City scored on a fielder’s choice, plating Tisch.

After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the second, Genoa City cut the lead to 8-5. An RBI single by Tisch and an error fueled Genoa City’s comeback. East Troy stopped the rally after Nick Bertschinger got Alex Morland to fly out.

After three runs in the bottom of the fourth, Genoa City faced just a 11-8 deficit. An RBI single by Tisch, an error and a groundout by Morland sparked Genoa City’s rally.

One run in the bottom of the sixth helped Genoa City cut the lead to 11-9. A sacrifice fly by Isaac Ziervogel gave Genoa City life, but Nick Bertschinger retired Grayson Grimsley to end the inning.

Genoa City battles Waterford in the first game of regionals Wednesday at Beaumont Field in Burlington.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Genoa City needed extra innings but came through with three in the eighth to pull out a 5-2 victory.

Tisch’s RBI single proved to be the game-winner in the eighth. Taylor Zick added a sacrifice fly in the frame.

Joe Ippolito got on base three times for Genoa City. He singled in the seventh and eighth innings.

John Laskowski got the win for the Red Legs. He allowed two runs over four innings. He struck out five, walked one and surrendered six hits. Ziervogel started on the mound and allowed only three hits in four innings.

The top of the first saw Genoa City take an early 2-0 lead. Morland started the rally for Genoa City with a single, and Tisch later stole home.

Genoa City 12, Racine Mudcats 0

On July 11 at Horlick Field in Racine, Genoa City avenged a 4-0 loss to the Racine 17U with a beating of the city’s 16U club.

Zack Ditzenburger was dynamite on the mound for Genoa City, scattering just two hits and allowing no earned runs in four innings while striking out five.

Zick allowed one hit in the final two innings.

Genoa City scored five runs in the fifth on a two-run error, a passed ball, an RBI single by Riley Gentile and an RBI single by Clint Ugolini.

Tisch racked up four RBIs on two hits for Genoa City. He tripled in the fourth and singled in the sixth.

Genoa City didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the first inning when it scored on an error. The Red Legs also added three-run frames in the fourth and sixth.

Siegler was 3-for-4 for the game, and Levi Burnette, Gentile, Morland, Ugolini, Grimsley and Ziervogel each added hits.