HTL: A’s swept by Orfordville in DH

By: 
Jeremy Jones

Utica second baseman Doug Vike manages to hold on to a tower pop up Sunday during the third inning of the A’s first game against Orfordville as shortstop Brad Knickmeier looks on. The A’s dropped both games to the undefeated Orioles. [Photo by Jeremy Jones]

Utica’s hopes of a playoff berth took a shot Sunday with a pair of losses in a doubleheader against first-place Orfordville.

The A’s fell to 6-6 in the Western Section with a 9-3 and 13-1 loss, while the Orioles improved to 12-0.

Trailing 4-2 entering the bottom of the eighth, Utica watched Zach Wisowaty connect on a grand slam in the first game.

Orfordville ace Joe Lange went the distance, striking out seven and walking two. He allowed three earned runs to help the Orioles remain the league’s only undefeated team.

B.J. Cook, Zach Jones and Derek Cashore each drove in three runs, 13-1 seven inning rout.

Kyle Bates took the loss on the mound for Utica in the first game, surrendering nine earned runs. Matt Ellingson took the loss in the nightcap, working four innings.

Lead-off hitter Andy Martin went 4-for-7 over the course of both games, while Christian Stokstad finished 4-for-8. Stokstad had a pair of doubles in the second game, while Martin added one.

Utica drop to 6-6 with the loss. Rivals Stoughton and McFarland remained tied for the second playoff spot with three games to go at 7-5. Albion and Evansville sit at 5-7.

All-Star game

The 2013 Home Talent All-Star baseball game (East/Southeast vs. North/West) will be on Friday, July 19, starting at 7:05 p.m. at Warner Park.

Martin will represent Utica, while managers for the game will be the Cavaliers’ Dale Burgenske and Kasey Parent of Black Earth.

The gates will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the game.

General admission tickets will be sold for $7 each.

Please contact your local Home Talent Baseball team to purchase tickets. Tickets are also available through the Mallards’ ticket office: MallardsBaseball.com ticket office.