The Milton Junction Pub Raptors experienced the down side of a roller coaster season Sunday at Schilberg Park by mustering but two hits against Lebanon’s Matt Sabel during a 2-0 loss in a key Rock River League game.
Sabel struck out 21 batters to check a Raptors team that was riding a hot streak after beating Clyman two weeks ago and scoring 11 runs at Johnson Creek during last week’s win.
“We’ve been so week-to-week with our lineup that it’s tough to find any consistency,” Raptors manager Doug Welch said. “Matt’s pretty good but we just didn’t put together many good at-bats against him. We‘ve had good success against him in the past but not this week.”
The loss dropped Milton to 4-3 in the Rock River League South Division, behind Hustisford with one loss and Clyman, Neosho and Lebanon, each with two losses. The Raptors will travel to Ashippun Sunday, June 30, for a 1:30 p.m. contest.
“We had the opportunity to put Lebanon behind us and keep pace with everyone else,” Welch said. “We didn’t do that and that’s what’s so disappointing.
“The other thing is we really squandered a good day of pitching by our guys.”
Tom Klawitter started and pitched six scoreless innings, allowing no walks and just three hits. The veteran lefty picked off two base runners and struck out five. Son T.J. Klawitter followed and allowed two runs in the seventh on three hits. He faced the minimum of six batters over the final two innings of the game.
The Raptors couldn’t take advantage of five Sabel walks and left seven runners stranded. The Raptors best opportunity to score came in the bottom of the sixth inning when Josh Shere led off with a booming double to right, the ball hitting the top of the fence. With one out, Dan Haueter grounded a single to left that advanced Shere to third. Two strike outs later, Sabel was out of the inning.
Sabel walked Shere and Haueter in the eighth but left them stranded at third and second to end the threat.