Chase Jarlsberg provided all the fireworks necessary for the Fourth of July Thursday afternoon.
Jarlsberg drove in a game-high eight runs as Cambridge defeated Lake Mills, 15-5, in a Home Talent Southeast Section Sunday League baseball game Thursday at Campus Field in Lake Mills.
Jarlsberg’s big day was highlighted by his first-ever home run in Home Talent.
“It was pretty exciting,” Jarlsberg said regarding his first home run. “I’ve been pretty close a few times, but to finally get one over feels good.”
For the day, Jarlsberg led the Blues’ offense with a 5-for-5 performance, which included two singles, two doubles and the home run.
“We’ve been hitting the ball well all year, but we’ve been hitting it at people,” Blues manager Calvin Lund said. “This game the ball actually landed in the right spots.”
The win gave Cambridge a 2-6 record for the season and put Lake Mills at 0-9.
“We made some errors that really hurt us,” Lake Mills manager Bret Sanders said. “We got to string hits together. We get hits, but they’re all sporadic and spread apart. We can’t really put anything together.”
The Blues started out the game with a four-run first inning. Jarlsberg picked up two RBIs in the inning with a double.
Cambridge extended the lead to 7-0 after the third with three more runs.
In the top of the fourth with the bases loaded, Jarlsberg hit a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning to put the Blues ahead by 10 runs.
Lake Mills got a couple runs back in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double by Kristofer Chwala. With runners on first and third and with one out, it looked like the Grays would be able to score some more runs in the inning, but the rally was killed by a double play.
“Defensively as long as we’re playing well, usually we can stop some runs,” Jarlsberg said.
After a scoreless fifth, Jarlsberg added two more with a two-run home run giving Cambridge a 12-2 lead. The Blues would go on to score two more runs in the inning to make it a 14-2 game in the sixth inning.
Lake Mills battled back in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs to avoid the 10-run rule.
Cambridge got a run back in the top of the eighth and held the Grays scoreless in the bottom of the inning to end the game at 15-5.
Cole Erickson pitched a solid four innings for Cambridge, allowing just two runs.
Up next for the Blues will be a game Sunday against Fort Atkinson at Cambridge High School.
“We needed the momentum going,” Lund said. “This one and the one home on Sunday would be two crucial ones for us.”
Owen Chady got the job done at the plate and on the mound Sunday for Fort Atkinson.
The Generals defeated Cambridge, 6-1, in a Home Talent Sunday League game Sunday afternoon at Cambridge High School.
Jens Notstad went 2 for 4 at the plate and batted in the Blues’ only run of the game. Zach Haugen also collected two hits for Cambridge.
The win keeps the Generals (7-3) in fourth place in the Southeast Section standings. The loss drops Cambridge to 2-7 on the season.
Cambridge is set to play Southeast-leading Albion (10-1) at noon on Saturday, July 13.