OWEN – Owen-Withee rallied down five runs in the seventh inning to force an extra frame. Left fielder Xane Adler stepped in and hit a two-run homer in the top of the eighth to help his Dons stay perfect this season, winning 11-9 in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division baseball game Tuesday at Owen-Withee High School.
The Dons built a 9-4 lead after scoring twice in the top of the seventh, but Owen-Withee scored five times before Emmitt Konieczny got the final two outs to squelch the rally.
After the Adler blast in the top of the eighth, Konieczny shut the Blackhawks down in the bottom of the frame to finish off the victory and push the Dons’ record to 12-0 overall and 8-0 in the Cloverbelt East.
Konieczny went 4-for-6 with a double and two runs scored, and Brock Bennington, Cole Timmler and Adler all hit home runs for the Dons.
Grant Olson and Adler both had three hits, and Bennington finished with three RBI for Columbus.
Gage Hanson went 3-for-5 with three RBI to lead Owen-Withee (2-8, 1-7 Cloverbelt East).
Columbus Catholic travels to Greenwood and Owen-Withee will be at Loyal on Thursday.
Dons 11, Blackhawks 9 (8 inn.)
Columbus Catholic 300 130 22 - 11 15 2
Owen-Withee 101 002 50 - 9 16 5
WP: Emmitt Konieczny. LP: Alex Fritz.
SO: Grant Olson (3 inn.) 4, Sam Wilczek (3 inn.) 1, Xane Adler (1/3 inn.) 0, Nathan Nemitz (0 inn.) 0, Konieczny (1 2/3 inn.) 2; Gutkowski (5 2/3 inn.) 6, A. Fritz (2 1/3 inn.) 0. BB: Olson 2, Wilczek 1, Adler 1, Nemitz 0, Konieczny 1; Gutkowski 2, A. Fritz 1.
Top hitters: CC, Konieczny 4x6, 2B, 2 runs, RBI; Brock Bennington 2x5, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBI; Cole Timmler HR, 2 RBI; Olson 3x5, 2 runs; Adler 3x4, 2 runs, 2 RBI. OW, Elliot Ackerman 2x5, 2 runs, RBI; Gage Hanson 3x5, 2B, 3 RBI; Roy Stinson 2x5, RBI; Allen Heindl 2x4; Colin Fritz 2x5, RBI; Vincent Henke 2x4, RBI.
Records: Columbus Catholic 12-0, 8-0 Cloverbelt Conference East Division; Owen-Withee 2-8, 1-7 Cloverbelt Conference East Division.