JEFFERSON — James Vander Mause stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-strike single by Cody Zahn to give Fort Atkinson Post 166 a one-run lead over host Jefferson Post 164.
Fort Atkinson didn’t trail again after that as it earned a 2-1 victory against Jefferson in Legion baseball at Fischer Field on Monday night.
Vander Mause drew a walk against Jefferson starter Jared Vogel in the third inning. He was one of five base runners given up by Vogel, who was capped at a 75-pitch maximum. Vogel struck out six batters in five innings for Post 164.
Vogel’s counterpart on the mound was Seth Draeger, who was similarly effective. Draeger struck out four, walked three and gave up three hits in five innings of work for Fort Atkinson.
Vander Mause took over for Draeger in the sixth inning and closed the door for the win despite giving up a single and a walk with one out in the seventh inning. He struck out two batters to defuse the situation.
Both teams exchanged single runs in the first inning. Isaac Heederik, the Fort Atkinson shortstop, drew a walk lead off the game and Vander Mause was hit by a pitch. Zahn bunted them over and Ethan Heagney grounded out to score the first run of the game.
Jefferson opened the game with walks by Brost and shortstop Reese Fetherston. Brost advanced to third base during Fetherston’s at-bat on an errant throw and Fetherston took second base with a steal. Nathan Hebbe struck out and Logan Wagner bunted Brost in to tie the game 1-1.
Fort Atkinson Post 166 continues its season on the road against Beaver Dam. Jefferson Post 164 returns to action on the road against Edgerton. Both games begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
Jefferson 7, Milton 5
JEFFERSON — Post 164 scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to earn a 7-5 victory over visiting Milton at Fischer Field on Monday night.
Quincy Wilharm hit a single in the sixth to plate Jake Ball and give Jefferson the late lead. Jefferson had four hits and two walks in the four-run rally.
Logan Wagner was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Fetherston started on the mound and pitched three innings. He gave up three earned runs, four walks and three hits. Wagner entered in relief and struck out six while scattering four hits.
Jefferson outhit Milton, 8-7, and faced five different Milton pitchers in the game. Post 164 struck out four times and drew five walks.