JOHNSONBURG – The Johnsonburg minor league baseball all-stars advanced in the District 10 Little League Tournament with a 43-4, 4-inning victory over Reyn-Sykes Monday night at Knothole Recreational Park.
Johnsonburg was able score runs at a fast clip, with 10 runs in the first, 16 in the second, 10 in the third and seven in the fourth.
Clay Zilkofski led off the game with an infield single and Cameron Stelene reached on a fielder's choice where everyone was safe. Garret Gregori walked and Austin Green reached on a fielder's choice as Reyn-Sykes got a forceout at third. Zilkofski scored the first of his seven runs on the play for a 1-0 Johnsonburg lead. Nick Bliss would double to score Gregori and Green, Bliss would later score on a double steal play.
Dalton Stahli reached on a Reyn-Sykes error for a 5-0 lead. After a walk from Isaac Scholder, Zilkofski tripled home Schloder and Stahli and crossed the plate himself on the play as Reyn-Sykes was slow getting the ball into the infield. Gregori singled to score Cameron Stelene who had singled. Green reached on an error as Gregori came around to score for a 10-0 Johnsonburg lead.
Reyn-Sykes added a run in the home half of the first inning but Johnsonburg would eventually put all doubt out of the outcome with a 16-run second inning which saw Johnsonburg send 22 batters to the plate. Bliss was hit by a pitch and Isaac Zimmerman hit a ground-rule double. Stahli walked to load the bases while Bliss scored on an error. Zilkofski doubled to bring home Zimmerman and Stahli. Stelene roped a 2-run single which scored Schloder and Zilkofski. After a Gregori walk, Green grounded out to bring Stelene to the dish. After a Gino Gregori walk, Bliss flew out because of the infield fly rule. The ball bounced away which plated Garret Gregori. Zimmerman was hit by a pitch and Stahli hit a 2-run single which brought Gino Gregori and Zimmerman around for two more Johnsonburg runs which put the lead at 19-1.
Schloder walked. Zilkofski doubled home Stahli and Stelene singled home Schloder for a 21-1 lead. Garret Gregori walked and Green was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, plating Zilkofski. Gino Gregori walked to bring Stelene around and Bliss singled home Garret Gregori. Zimmerman and Stahli each garnered one RBI on a bases-loaded walk as Johnsonburg led 26-1 after 1 1-2 innings.
Johnsonburg would tally 10 runs in the third. Grenn, Bliss, Zimmerman, Stelene each had RBI singles. Stahli, Schloder, Zilkofski, Garret Gregori and Watts each had bases loaded walks, Green had an RBI on a fielder's choice.
Johnsonburg closed the game with a 7-run fourth inning.
Along with Zilkofski's seven runs scored, the Johnsonburg leadoff man was 5 for 6 with seven RBI and he reached base seven times in eight plate appearances. Stelene was 5 for 7 with six runs scored and five RBI. Garret Gregori was 2 for 3 with four walks and he crossed the plate seven times and drove three runs home.
Green had two hits with five RBI and four runs scored. Gino Gregori added a couple runs and Bliss finished with three hits, four RBI and three runs scored.
ZImmerman was 4 for 4 with five runs scored, three RBI and a double. Stahli had four RBI and four runs scored. Schloder crossed the plate five times with two RBI and Gabe Watts had one RBI off the bench.
For Reyn-Sykes, Nathan Barr had an RBI double in the first inning which scored Zach Henry. Reyn-Sykes had a 3-run second inning. Henry was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to score Jimmy Defazio. A.J. Cebulski hit into a fielder's choice which scored Conner Ford. Ian Maxim-Franks would notch an RBI single which would plate Henry.
Johnsonburg AB R H BI
Clay Zilkofski 7 7 5 7
Cameron Stelene 7 6 5 5
Garret Gregori 3 7 2 3
Austin Green 6 4 2 5
Gino Gregori 3 2 0 1
Nick Bliss 3 3 3 4
Isaac Zimmerman 4 5 4 3
Dalton Stahli 4 4 1 4
Isaac Schloder 3 5 1 2
Gabe Watts 2 0 0 1
Totals 42 43 23 35
2B: Zilkofski 2, Bliss, Zimmerman. 3B: Zilkofski. HBP: Zilkofski, Green, Bliss, ZImmerman.
Reyn-Sykes AB R H BI
Zach Henry 2 2 1 1
A.J. Cebulski 2 0 0 0
Ian Maxim-Franks 2 0 1 1
Nathan Barr 2 0 1 1
Nic Cebulski 2 0 0 0
Dillan Ritchie 2 0 0 0
Jimmy Defazio 1 1 0 0
Alex O'Harch 1 0 0 0
Conner Ford 1 1 0 0
Totals 15 4 3 3
2B: Barr. HBP: Henry.
Johnsonburg (10) (16) (10) 7 - 43
Reyn-Sykes 1 3 0 0 - 4