Trojans roar past 10th-ranked Eagles

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Josh Flickinger/Beloit Daily News Beloit Turner's Cory Walker fires in a pitch during Turner's win over Jefferson Tuesday.

BELOIT - When two top 10 teams in Wisconsin get together, chances of going home early are slim.

But Cory Walker, Jack Scharlau and the rest of the Beloit Turner baseball team made sure everyone was home in time for dinner Tuesday afternoon.

The Trojans, who entered the game ranked second in the latest WIAA Division 2 baseball poll, defeated 10th-ranked Jefferson 10-0 in five innings to improve their record to a perfect 10-0.

Walker battled out of trouble all afternoon, some of which wasn't his doing, to strand eight baserunners.

Scharlau crushed a two-run blast to right field that served as an exclamation point for the Trojans, putting them up 8-0 in the third inning.

It was quite a day for Turner, a team that had escaped with two one-run wins over Brodhead and Edgerton last week.

"It's a great feeling," Scharlau said. "We showed up today expecting a dogfight. Nobody in this dugout thought we would be going home after five innings. On Friday against Edgerton, we just didn't come out with the energy and the focus we needed. Today, it was the complete opposite. We really wanted to win this game."

After Walker stranded two in the first inning, the Trojans erupted for six runs in the bottom of the inning. Riley Phalin singled and Walker immediately doubled to bring him home.

Drew Ries drove in Walker, reaching on an error in the process. After Preston Viens drew a two-out walk, the Trojans really got to work.

Keegan Marquardt, Kaleb Schoville and Grant Revels, the bottom three in the Trojans' lineup, all put together terrific at-bats that culminated in run-scoring hits to account for four runs, giving Walker plenty of breathing room.

Scharlau's blast also came with two outs, and left no doubt.

"It was a fastball, and you're not going to see me take many fastballs down the middle like that," Scharlau said. "I've learned to be really aggressive on the fastball. I hit one like that in practice the other day, and the wind just kind of held it up there. I ran hard to first base just in case, but I was watching it and it just kept going today."

Walker finished the game in fitting style, working around an error and getting a strikeout with the bases loaded.

"You've just got to stay calm out there," Walker said. "That's the key. I know that I've got fielders behind me that are going to make the plays when they hit the ball. And with Kyle (Hanaman) behind the plate, I know I can throw anything, even with a guy on third base, and he's going to block it."

Clowes said it was a typical performance from Walker.

"That's been what Cory has done all season," Clowes said. "He's a battler out there. That's the great thing about our seniors, is they've experienced a lot. Cory is just such a hard worker. We'll get done with a Saturday morning practice and he'll go out and roof houses for the rest of the day. That's just the mentality he has out there."

The Trojans know the Eagles will not simply roll over for them when the two teams meet again Thursday in Jefferson.

But Tuesday afternoon, Turner looked every bit deserving of that No. 2 ranking.

TURNER 10, JEFFERSON 0 (5)

Jefferson 000 00-0 3 3

Beloit Turner 622 0x-10 9 1

Vogel, Hebbe (3), Kaiser (4); Walker

Leading hitters-Phalin (T) 2x3, Walker (T) 2x2. 2B-Walker, Revels (T). HR-Scharlau. SO-Vogel 2, Kaiser 2, Walker 4. BB-Vogel 2, Hebbe 1, Walker 4.

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