The Madison Broncos remained unbeaten 5-0 in the Cornbelt League with an 11-1 win over the Flandreau Cardinals on Thursday night at Flynn Field.
Madison struck early and never trailed. After fighting off several pitches lead-off hitter Greg Biagi final got the pitch he wanted and sent it over the left field fence to give the Broncos a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Broncos built their lead to 3-0 in the second frame with two runs. With two on and two outs, Eric Hortness singled to knock in one run. The other run crossed the plate on a passed ball.
Flandreau got on the board in the third inning.
In the bottom of the third Madison broke the game open. The Broncos sent 11 batters to the plate and took advantage of four Flandreau errors to score five runs and grab a commanding 9-1 lead.
While Madison was collecting hits and scoring runs, first-year amateur player Matt Schoeberl was shutting down the Cardinals.
"The fast ball was working early and the curve ball was working in the later innings," he said.
Madison scored once in the fourth inning and once in the sixth frame for the final score. The game ended in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule. Madison banged out 12 hits. Biagi had a home run, a double, two singles and five RBIs to pace the Broncos' offense.
Hortness had two singles and two RBIs while Brian Miller and Jon Waba each had two singles. Matt Burpee and Jordan Brown each had a single. Schoeberl went the distance to pick up the win. This was the most innings he has pitched this season. He allowed one run, six hits, struck out two and walked one.
Schoeberl, who was a workhorse for the Madison Legion team last year likes the rest between games. "It is nice to have a rest between games to get my arm rested," he said. "It is extremely helpful to get a great defensive effort behind me."
Madison committed just one error in the game compared to the Cardinals' five errors.
According to Schoeberl, he is getting more confident with every outing. "Jon Waba called a great game behind the plate tonight," he said.
Madison (7-2) will go to Colman for a Cornbelt League clash with the A's. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m.