WolfPack baseball stays hot


A Madison College batter hits during the team’s Arizona trip in March.

James Paradisin, Staff Writer

The Madison College baseball team is off to a scorching hot start this season, and they look to continue this throughout the remainder of the year. They have a record of 12-3 to start, with their only losses coming to Glendale Community College and Carl Sandburg College, with both of those being tight contests.
As of March 30, the fourth-ranked WolfPack had five players with batting average above .300, with two of those batting over .400. They are Nick Nowak (.450), Jake Petasek (.444), Ross Grant (.344), Carson Shepard (.314) Peyton Frehner (.308).
To be batting over .300 percent is considered to be excellent, and over .400 is almost unthinkable among most players.
Leading the way for pitching on the WolfPack has been Alex Hayes who holds a 0.49 ERA and a 2-0 record with 18.1 innings pitched and 19 strikeouts. Ben Kasten holds a 1.02 ERA and a 1-0 record with 17.2 innings pitched and 20 strikeouts. Chris Byhre is next in innings pitched with 13 and a 2.08 ERA.
Madison College is coached by Mike Davenport. Because of the snowy and wet spring, you should watch the athletic department website at madisoncollegeathletics.com for schedule updates.
The team is scheduled to have home games against Rock Valley College on April 4 at 3 p.m. and Milwaukee Area Technical College on April 8 at noon.

Madison College 10, Highland Community College 9
After a roller-coaster start, visiting Madison College held Highland scoreless for five innings to hold on for a 10-9 victory on March 30.
Madison College jumped out to an 8-0 lead, scoring four runs in both the first and second innings. But Highland battled back to take a 9-8 lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the second, one run in the third and five runs in the fourth.
Nick West earned the win in relief, pitching 4.1 innings without allowing a run. Grant Ross pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season. Nowak led the offense with three hits and three runs scored.

Madison College 9, College of Lake County 3
A three-run third inning gave Madison College a lead it would not surrender in a 9-3 victory against the College of Lake County on March 29. The WolfPack then added one more run in the fourth inning and four more in the sixth innning to take control.
Kasten started the game on the mound for the WolfPack and posted a career-high nine strikeouts. Ross and Shepard combined for six of the team’s 13 hits in the game.

Madison College 9, Carl Sandburg College 0
Madison College scored nine runs on eight hits as it shutout Carl Sandburg College, 9-0, for a victory in the first game of a doubleheader on March 26.
Byhre pitched the first six innings, allowing six hits and striking out seven. Will Johannes had two hits, including his first home run.

Carl Sandburg College 13, Madison College 12
Carl Sandburg College exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning with their third home run of the game and then held off a rally to beat Madison College, 13-12, in the second game of the doubleheader.
Nine different players had a hit for the WolfPack, led by Carter Stebane’s two for three effort with a season-high three runs batted in and two runs scored.