AGWSR baseball has Janesville on brink, can’t hold on

AGWSR's Sully Hofmeister beats out the throw to first for an infield single in the first inning of the Cougars' district baseball game against Janesville on Thursday, July 17. (Kristi Nixon/Hampton Chronicle)

 

JANESVILLE – AGWSR nearly pulled off an amazing upset in the Class 1A district baseball tournament on Thursday, July 17.

The Cougars had a 5-1 lead and two outs against 19-4 Janesville in the sixth inning, but couldn’t get the final out as the Wildcats more than batted around to take a 9-5 lead and grab the victory from AGWSR’s clutches.

Dylan Heetland, who had kept the Wildcats off-balance for the most part through five innings, gave up two walks and a bloop single that got Janesville going in that fateful sixth.

“He threw three good innings Tuesday night, and I knew he had it in him,” AGWSR coach Darwin Pfaltzgraff said. “I just found out after the game that his sister’s boyfriend/husband has family from here, so there was more of a goal for him to beat Janesville...."

More on this story will be found in the July 23 print and online editions of the Hampton Chronicle.