The Milbank VFW Teener baseball team dropped two contests to Watertown Thursday, June 15, in a road game.
Milbank fell 10-0 in the opening game of doubleheader action. Watertown scored one run in the second inning and surged ahead 5-0 after three innings of play. The opponent then fired in four more runs in the fourth before ended the game early with a single run in the fifth.
Riley Gauer, Keaton Benson, Brodie Holtquist, Eli Fischer and Zippy Bock led the locals with one hit each.
Milbank suffered a 5-2 loss in the second game of the night. Watertown jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after one inning of play. The opponent added two more runs in the third to widen the gap to 5-0.
Milbank got its bats rolling in the fourth inning. Gauer and Holtquist found home plate for two runs for the locals to cut into the deficit at 5-2, where the score remained for the finish.
Benson, Holtquist, Noah Steinlicht and Bock each belted out a hit to set the pace for Milbank.
Milbank took part in the Northville tournament last weekend and finished 1-2. In the opening game, Milbank fell by a close 14-12 margin to Winner on Saturday, June 10. The Teeners scored three runs to take the early lead in the first inning. Winner came back with three runs in the second to knot the score up at 3-3. The opponent belted out five runs in the third inning, but Milbank answered with four runs in the fourth to cut the deficit to 7-8. Winner surged further ahead at 12-8 after five innings before Milbank pulled close at 12-14 in the sixth, but could not pull any closer.
In game two of the tournament, Milbank edged out Redfield 10-8. Milbank got on the scoreboard first with a single run in the opening inning. The locals extended their lead to 6-3 after three innings, but Redfield answered with five runs in the fourth to go ahead 6-8. Milbank kept plugging away and tallied one run in both the fifth and sixth innings to even the score up at 8-8. Milbank secured the victory at 10-8 with two runs in the seventh.
In the final game of the tournament, Milbank suffered another close loss. The team fell 11-10 to Groton in a barn burner. Milbank held a slight 8-7 advantage after the first three innings. Both team were held scoreless in the fourth before Milbank regained the lead at 10-8 in the fifth. Groton stepped up and brought home one run in the sixth and two in the seventh to secure the win.