In the Southeast Section of the Home Talent League, Fort Atkinson is one win away from clinching the East Division title.
The Generals defeated their rival Jefferson Blue Devils, 3-1, thanks in part to Josh Crandall’s two-RBI double and Dan Dean’s 8.2 innings two-hit performance. Read a recap of the game here.
Elsewhere in the East Division, Lake Mills topped Cambridge, 9-4. Had the Grays lost, Fort would have clinched. Lake Mills and Fort Atkinson will play in a Night League matchup Thursday at Jones Park, which could be a preview of how the Sunday HTL contest will play out. Sunday’s game between the Generals and Grays will also be played at Jones Park. A win will guarantee Fort the best record in the Southeast Section East Division.
Fort is the only team in the Section with one loss after Utica was defeated by Evansville, 5-4, Sunday.
Utica is now 9-2 in Sunday League action, but is still in the driver’s seat to win the West Division. Utica is a full two games ahead of Stoughton (7-4) and 2.5 games ahead of McFarland and Albion.
A showdown between Fort Atkinson and Utica was rained out and was planned to be made-up July 17. The game has been moved back a week to July 24 at Utica Park.
In the Eastern Section, Cottage Grove moved into a tie for first place with DeForest. Cottage Grove spanked Waterloo, 13-1, and got some help from Rio. Rio handled DeForest, 3-2.
The best record in the Home Talent League still belongs to Verona in the western Section. The Cavaliers improved to 12-1 this weekend when they received a forfeit from New Glarus. The forfeit likely yielded the same result as if NG (1-11) had taken the field.
Wiota is doing its best to keep pace with Verona, defeating Ridgeway, 8-7, in 13 innings Saturday. Wiota is now 9-2 and a game better in the loss column ahead of Monroe (10-3).
Middleton picked up two wins this weekend to stay in first place in the Northern Section.
Middleton topped Plain, 13-3, and bounced Black Earth, 12-0.
Ashton remains in second place following a loss to Black Earth Saturday and a 9-3 victory over Pine Bluff Sunday.
Below are the current HTL standings.
Fort Atkinson 10-1
Lake Mills 6-5
Cottage Grove 10-3
Sun Prairie 9-3
New Glarus 1-11
Black Earth 7-4
Cross Plaines 7-5
Pine Bluff 2-10
Sauk Prairie 10-3
Richland Center 2-10