Pickoff play preserves Broncos' 2-1 victory
By LARRY LEEDS, Sports Editor
With the tying run on second and the winning run on first, and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Madison pitcher Brock Selgestad picked off the runner at second base to end the game and preserve the win for the Broncos.|
Selgestad threw to shortstop Mitch McNary, who snuck behind the runner and applied the tag to register the final out of the game.
The Broncos held on to down the Canova Gang 2-1 in a battle of the top two teams in the Cornbelt League on Sunday afternoon in Canova.
Madison improved to 8-0 in league play with the win.
The Broncos jumped out to a quick lead. Greg Biagi opened the game with a single and later scored on a Brian Miller single to left field to put Madison on top 1-0.
The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the sixth. The Gang pushed one run across the plate to deadlock the score at 1.
Madison regained the lead in the seventh frame. After a ground-out to open the seventh frame, Trent Miller singled. Ray Wagner followed with a walk. Trevor Johnson moved up the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Biagi drew a walk to load the bases with two outs. Eric Hortness was hit by a pitch as Trent Miller crossed the plate with the go-ahead run.
Neither team scored after the seventh inning.
Both teams had seven hits. All of Madison's hits were singles. Trent Miller had two hits, while Biagi, Brian Miller, Wagner, Matt Burpee and Nick Bird each had one.
Both teams had one error in the contest.
Chris Brozik pitched seven strong innings to record the win. He gave up four hits, one run, had six strikeouts and walked four batters.
Selgestad pitched two innings and registered the save. He gave up three hits and walked one batter.
The games for the Broncos at Lake Norden on Saturday were canceled due to the storm that went through that area on Friday. According to Lakers' manager Burt Tulson, one dugout was destroyed at the diamond.
Madison (10-2 overall) will go to Colman on Tuesday for a CBL game starting at 7:30 p.m. This is the second game of the doubleheader that was originally scheduled for June 16.