Mitch Kelsey

Mitch Kelsey and the Cottage Grove Firemen will try to stay in the Home Talent League baseball playoff hunt when it plays at Poynette on July 4. The Firemen are 3-4 after losing its last game June 16 to Sun Prairie.

The Cottage Grove Firemen may need another miraculous finish if it hopes to play in the Home Talent League baseball postseason.

The Firemen have a key game 1 p.m. today at Poynette, their first contest since a June 16 10-0 loss against Sun Prairie.

Cottage Grove has had a rollercoaster season in its first seven games.

The Firemen lost three games in a row but recovered to win three straight before the defeat against the Red Birds dropped their record to 3-4.

Poynette has fallen on hard times with two straight losses after winning five in a row. Cottage Grove defeated the Indians last month 11-7 at Fireman’s Park.

The Firemen will depend on its leading hitter Paul Patten to keep the offense functioning. The third baseman had 11 hits in 27 at-bats including two home runs for a batting average of .407. Second baseman Tristan Herber is hitting .318m and catcher Donnie Bryant has a mark of .300. Left-handed hitting outfielder Graham Schroeder-Gasser is hitting .250 after batting .467 last season but he has clubbed two home runs.

As for pitching, Cottage Grove will depend Daniel Karlin-Kamin to take up the slack. The right hander earned a complete game victory when the Firemen beat the Indians in the first game.

In 2018, the Fireman started the year with a 4-6 record before winning seven of their last eight games to finish 11-7 and the fourth seed in the Eastern Section.

Cottage Grove beat Montello and Portage to capture the section championship and advance to the final four.

The Firemen beat Evansville in the first of the three round-robin games, but lost to Cross Plains and eventual league champion Verona.

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