Badgers Split Double Header With Nettleton

Apr 25th, 2012 | By admin | Category: Sports

BY BO KERSEY AND C.MICHAEL LONG – Staff Sports Writer

Jonesboro – The Badgers traveled to Jonesboro, to battle with Nettleton in a double header, Monday April 16th in a pivotal 5A East match-up.

In the first game, Brandon Stane started out on the mound and looked shaky, walking the first two Nettleton batters he faced. But, he quickly settled down and pitched a very strong game, giving up only three runs – with only one of those being earned.

But the Badgers struggled at the plate against Nettleton’s pitching, striking out 13 times, although most of the fastballs swung at were up and out of the strike zone. Than Kersey singled and Dakota Lovston hit a two run home run for the Badgers only hits as they eventually fell, 3-2 in the 1st game.

Jared Ashbrenner started on the mound in game two and did an outstanding job, holding Nettleton to only one run off of five hits. The Badgers looked much better in the 2nd game with their approach at the plate and it paid off, as they amassed ten hits.

Tyler Burge singled and had a sacrifice bunt that resulted in an RBI, Pete Drennan doubled, Byars Halford had a run scoring single, Than Kersey had a couple of singles and scored a run, Dakota Lovston singled and also scored along with Brandon Stane and Matt Stillman also singling. Last, but certainly not least, was Jared Aschbrenner who doubled and had a three run home run, that put the game out of reach as the Badgers took the 2nd game, 5-1.

The win puts the Badgers at 12-8 overall and 8-2 in conference play and they now hold the tie breaker over Nettleton, who fell to 7-1 in 5A East conference play.