The DeForest Deacons baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead on visiting Monona last Sunday, but had to hang on for a 6-5 Home Talent Eastern Section victory.
The win pushed the Deacons to 3-2 in the Eastern Section.
The game was close despite DeForest out-hitting Monona 18-6. The Deacons left 10 runners on base for the game.
DeForest opened its scoring with a run-scoring single by Jack George in the bottom of the first inning.
The Deacons pushed three runs across the plate in the bottom of the third frame.
Weston Knutson got things going in the third with an RBI double and later stole home. Ryan Dauman added a run-scoring single.
Michael Johnson knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth to put the Deacons up 5-0.
Both teams came up with a run in the seventh stanza. In what turned out to be the game-winner, Dauman delivered a run-scoring single.
Monona made things interesting with a four-run rally in the top of the ninth. The tying run was on first base when the game ended.
All nine starters had a hit for the Deacons. Shawn Held, Julian Edwards and George each had three hits, while Knutson, Dauman and Kyle Trace had two each.
Brett Vomhof started and pitched into the seventh inning for the Deacons. He had four strikeouts and four walks.
Held closed out the game on the mound and registered four strikeouts and three walks.
Matt Willey had two of Monona’s six hits in the game.
Corey Schmidt started on the mound for Monona. He pitched into the sixth inning and came away with two strikeouts. He did not walk a batter.
Zach Najacht finished off the game for the Braves. He earned a strikeout and didn’t walk a batter.
DeForest will play two games this weekend. The Deacons will host Columbus at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will play in Portage at 1p.m. on Sunday.