Sun Prairie Red Birds starting pitcher Nate Hoffman helped his own cause in the fourth inning by slamming a three-run homer as part of a six-run rally in Sunday’s Home Talent League baseball game at Cottage Grove. Hoffman had nine strikeouts and did not allow a base runner after the third inning as the Red Birds romped to a 10-0 win in eight innings.

COTTAGE GROVE — Nate Hoffman’s arm and bat proved to both be catalysts in the Sun Prairie Red Birds’ 10-0 Home Talent League win over host Cottage Grove Sunday.

Hoffman tossed a complete-game shutout, limiting the Firemen to two hits while striking out nine in the eight-inning Eastern Section contest.

The win moved the first-place Red Birds’ record to 7-1 where they now hold a 1 1/2-game lead over Poynette.

Hoffman’s bat was also on display when the veteran blasted a three-run home run to highlight the Red Birds’ six-run fourth inning.

Jack Maastricht also had a big day at the plate going 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

The Eastern Section game was scoreless through the first three innings. But then Sun Prairie rallied, and Hoffman provided the key blow with the three-run blast.

The Red Birds added two more runs in the sixth to go up 10-0, and the game ended in the eighth due to the 1-run rule.


The Red Birds (9-2 overall) will play two games at Ashley Field later this week. On Thursday, they’ll host Montello in Night League play with the first pitch set for 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sun Prairie entertains Montello in a 3:30 p.m. start.

RED BIRDS 10, FIREMEN 0 (8 inn.)

Sun Prairie 000 602 02 — 10 11 1

Cottage Grove 000 000 00 — 0 2 3

Sun Prairie (ab-r-h-rbi) — Holin 4-2-1-1, Maastricht 4-1-3-1, Knorr 0-0-0-0, Molina 5-0-0-0, Hamilton 5-0-1-0, Krebs 4-1-1-1, Hoddinott 1-0-0-0, Schmidt 3-1-1-0, Suchomel 0-0-0-0, Oakley 4-1-1-1, Hoffman 3-2-1-3, Stupar 1-1-1-0, Calkins 4-1-1-0. Totals — 38-10-11-7.

Cottage Grove (ab-r-h-rbi) — Blakley 2-0-0-0, Schroeder 3-0-0-0, Patten 3-0-1-0, Bryant 3-0-0-0, Bortz 3-0-0-0, Strommen 3-0-1-0, Cates 2-0-0-0, Miller 1-0-0-0, Kelsey 2-0-0-0, Karlin-Kamin 1-0-0-0, Herber 2-0-0-0, Myrold 1-0-0-0. Totals — 26-0-2-0.

2B — Maastricht, Holin; Patten. HR — Hoffman.

Pitching HO — Hoffman 2 in 8; Dimmig 9 in 6, Bryant 2 in 2. ER — Hoffman 0; Dimmig 0, Bryant 0. SO — Hoffman 9; Dimmig 3, Bryant 1. BB — Hoffman 1; Dimmig 3, Bryant 1.

W — Hoffman. L — Dimmig.

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