August 7th - The Bombers finished the Night League regular season with a 4-0 shut out win over the Mazomanie Mustangs. Matt Caminitti pitched five solid innings for the Bombers, while Curtis Barsness had an RBI single and Rob Capener went 2 for 3 at the plate. Black Earth's record in Night League play was 3-7, far short of playoffs. You can see the Night League bracket here.
August 6th - Black Earth scored two late runs and held off Sauk Prairie to earn a 3-2 upset victory over the #2 seeded Twins. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the eighth inning, Rob Capener and Curtis Barsness each had RBI doubles for the lead. Marcus Caminitti pitched a complete game for the Bombers, who had the Twins off balance much of the game. Caminitti struggled with control at times, walking several batters, but Sauk could not capitalize. Black Earth will travel to top seeded, Middleton, next Sunday, August 13th for a Northern section semifinal matchup with the 29ers. Game time is 1:00 p.m. game. For full Northern section and HTL schedule, please click here.
July 23rd - For the second straight game the Black Earth Bombers failed to score a run in a 3-0 loss to Cross Plains. Last week the Bombers fell to Sauk Prairie, 12-0. It was a strong pitching and defensive game for Blach Earth, however. Toni Caminitti and Rob Capener took the hill for the Bombers. Capener did not allow a run in releif work. Black Earth fell to 8-7 on the year and will end the regular season next week at home against Reedsburg.
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July 16th - Sauk Prairie hammered out twenty two hits and scored in six of nine innings in their route of the Bombers, while Black Earth only got 5. Black Earth falls to 8-6 in Sunday League play this year.
July 9th - Black Earth took advantage of six wild pitches and an error to plate five runs in the second inning for a 5-0 lead early. However, Waunakee would have a five run inning themselves in the fifth inning to tie, and a couple more in the seventh to take a 7-5 lead. The Bombers rallied in the eighth inning with four runs, which started with a walk and back-to-back singles, including an RBI single by Anthony Hoeschele to make it 7-6. Rob Capener laid down a bunt to move runners to second and third with just one out, and Marcus Caminitti later hit an RBI single to tie the game at 7. Waunakee pitchers would walked in the other two runs. Waunakee did not go away quietly in the ninth, four walks by Bomber pitching lead to a run, and the bases loaded were loaded with two outs before a pop fly ended the game. Casey Owen pitched 2 2/3 innings of relief to get the win, and also had a big hit in the four-run eighth for Black Earth. Marcus Caminitti came in with two outs in the ninth to shut the door and earn the save.
July 7th - Black Earth knocked Middleton from the undefeated ranks on Friday night, with a 10-7 victory. The Bombers were on Middleton pitcher, Jeff Schafer, early and often, getting out to a 6-1 lead after five innings. However, Middleton responded with a six run sixth inning, including a three run homer by Josh Hinson. The Bombers would answer in the seventh and the eighth with a total of six hits and four runs between the two innings, including RBI by Jed Traxler and Ryan Hering.
July 2nd - Some defensive mis-cues lead to a five run fourth inning for Ashton, and Black Earth could not recover in a 11-6 loss. Black Earth started the scoring, taking a 1-0 lead in the third with a Ryan Hering solo home run. Trailing 6-1, Marcus Caminitti drilled a two-run home run to cut the lead to 6-3, but that is as close as the Bombers would get.
Black Earth 5, Mazomanie 4
June 24th - Black Earth rallied from a 3-0 deficit by scoring all five of their runs in the fourth inning, and then held off a Mazomanie rally in the ninth for a 5-4 win. Black Earth's, Marucs Caminitti, started and got the win on the mound for the Bombers and started the ninth inning, but was relieved by brother, Toni, after giving up a lead-off double. Mazo would load the bases with no outs later in the inning, but two ground outs and a pop-fly later, the Bombers worked out of the jam.
Reedsburg 6, Black Earth 2
June 25th - Recap not available.
June 18th - Neither offenses got going Sunday afternoon, but Black Earth took advantage of three errors to earn a 3-1 win over the Cazenovia Reds. Toni Caminitti was strong on the mound for the Bombers, allowing just two hits in six innings of work.
June 11th - Marcus and Toni Caminitti each had two RBI in a key five run fourth inning for Black Earth, who had to hold of a late rally by Ashton to win, 9-7. Marcus and Curtis Barsness each went 4-for-5 for the Bombers, while Toni Caminitti allowed just two runs in six innings of work to earn the victory on the mound.(Photos available)
With the score just 4-2 after four innings, Middleton exploded for eight runs in the next three innings and defeated Black Earth, 12-2, in just seven innings. The 29ers out hit Black Earth, 14-7, including four hits a piece for Luke Schafer and Kevin Dubler.(Photos available; click Photo tab after clicking button)
Mt. Horeb/Pine Bluff knocked out two homeruns, incuding a grand slam, in route to a 9-2 win over the Bombers in My. Horeb. Black Earth fell to 1-1 on Night League play.
Black Earth 5, Waunakee 2
Toni Caminitti pitched a complete game, scattering seven hits and striking out six batters, and the Bombers' one, two and three hitters combined for six hits and four runs in a 5-2 win over Waunakee. Black Earth jumped out quickly with three runs in the first inning. Waunakee would trim it to 3-2 with runs in the third and fifth innings, but Black Earth would add a couple runs late to secure the win.
Cross Plains 10, Black Earth 6
Cross Plains' Drew Meinholtz turned a 3-1 game to 6-1 with a three run home run in the fourth inning, and Black Earth could never recover as Cross Plains defeated Black Earth, 10-2. Marcus Caminitti took the loss for Black Earth, but was also collected three of Black Earth's nine hits.(Photos available; click Photo tab after clicking button)
May 21st - Black Earth took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, but Sauk would plate five runs between the second and third innings, and not look back in a 9-2 win over the Bombers. Sauk Prairie's, Tyler Koenig, was very affective, scattering seven hits in eight innings of work to get the win. Black Earth's Marcus Caminitti connected with his, and the team's, first home run of the year for one of Black Earth's runs.
May 18th - With no outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th, and final, inning, Marcus Caminitti hit the ball up the middle to the Sauk Prairie short stop. The defender turned and fired the ball home to try and get a force out, but Rob Capener beat the throw, and the Bombers started Night League play with a 4-3 win over Sauk Prarie. Along with scoring the game winner, Capener also went 3-for-4 at the plate. These two teams will turn around and face off again on Sunday in Sauk for a 1:00 p.m. game.
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May 13th - Toni Caminitti pitched seven strong innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out 5, to get his second victory on the mound this year. Danny Watkins went 2-for-4 at the plate and scored 4 runs, and Marcus Caminitti had a hit and scored three times as Black Earth rolled past Cazenovia, 11-1. Black Earth starts the season 2-0 and has outscored their opponents, 16-2 in the first two contests.
Toni Caminitti pitched eight innings, scattering six hits and striking out 10, to earn the victory for the Bombers over the Dells in the 2017 season opener. Danny Watkins and Rob Capener combined for four of Black Earth's seven hits, with Watkins driving in two runs.
Kyle Kahl bowled an outstanding 890 series, including a 300 game, on his way to this year's top score on the final weekend of the tournament. Ryan Hering's 863(2nd) and 836(7th) were both good enough for the top ten. Mike Ziegler, of San Tan Valley, Arizona, was visiting his father, who lives in the area. After the two had stopped in the Lanes for a drink, they had asked if they could also bowl. Matt went on to bowl an 853, good for third place this year. There was a lot of competition this year, as the leader of the tournament had changed after each weekend.
Thanks to all of you who bowled in this year's tournament. Black Earth Home Talent baseball appreciates your support. Also, thank you to everyone who kept score, did registration and the 50/50 raffles. The tournament could not run without you guys. Another big thank you to the Black Earth Lanes and all of its employees who ran around crazy when we had large shifts. Hope to see all of you next year!
Mike S. Ziegler