JOHNSON CREEK — Braden Walling tossed a two-hit shutout while striking out 14 as the second-seeded Johnson Creek baseball team earned a 10-0 win over seventh-seeded Rio in a WIAA Division 4 regional Thursday at Johnson Creek High School.
The Bluejays scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second and added two more in the third.
Johnson Creek (16-7) plated two in the fifth and had its biggest inning of the night with a five-run sixth. It was a balanced attack on offense as seven different players recorded RBIs in the victory. Bow Hartwig was one of those seven batters to drive in a run — and he also added two hits and a pair of runs. Isaac Hartz — who connected on a triple — finished with the same stat line as Hartwig batting out of the cleanup spot.
The Bluejays host either third-seeded Randolph in a regional semifinal on Tuesday.
JOHNSON CREEK 10, RIO 0
Rio 000 000 — 0 2 1
Johnson Creek 012 25 — 10 10 0
Pitching (ip-h-er-bb-so) — R: Bartelt 5-6-4-4-2; JC: Walling 6-2-0-2-14.
Leading hitters — R: Prochnow 2x3; JC: Hartwig 2x3 (2B), Hartz 2x3 (3B), Olszewski 2B.