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607 Columbus
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Monona Home Talent Historical News

Monona wins HTL opener over Montello, 8-0
May 3rd, 2015

 

The Braves opened the 2015 season with a win over Montello at home, 8-0.   

Monona travels to Cottage Grove on Mother's Day - Sunday, May 10th at 1:00pm at Fireman's Park, Cottage Grove.

Box Score:
Montello    000 000 000  —   0  3  1 
Monona     200 001 23X  —   8  8  4 

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Montello - Smith (L; 6.1-6-4-3-3), Polcyn (1.2-2-3-4-1); Monona - Najacht (W; 6-1-0-1-8), Scheidell (2-2-0-0-0), Petty (1-0-0-0-1).
Leading hitters — Monona — K. Parman (3x4).
2B — Monona - Schmidt, R. Parman.


Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Austin Leggett strikes out 14 as West Middleton wins debut
Read more: http://host.madison.com/sports/baseball/amateur/home-talent-league-austin-leggett-strikes-out-as-west-middleton/article_08d7e898-e8fe-5269-a554-c2b19016b33c.html#ixzz3ZBzlg68e


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent teams open season with wins

 

Monona opens 2015 with Exhibition Game vs. Stoughton
April 19, 2015

The Monona Braves kicked off the 2015 season with an exhibition game versus Stoughton at Norse Park on Sunday April 18th.  After 7 innings, the score remained tied at 1-1.  

The Braves will have an inter-squad scrimmage this Sunday, 4/25 in preparation for Opening Day.  The scrimmage will be at Madison LaFollette HS at 1:00pm.  

Monona opens their Eastern Section regular season schedule on Sunday, May 3rd versus Montello at 1:00pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona. 

 

Monona Home Talent 35th Annual Doubles Bowling Tournament Results - 2015
 

This year there were 260 entries and 38 cashes (low score to pay was 1377)

 
Champions:  Greg Hafenstein & Terry Teasdale (1296 scratch + 198 handicap = 1494)

2nd)  Paul Swart & Mike Johnson (1345 + 138 = 1483)
3rd)  Dan Horgen & Rachel Zimmer (1358 + 117 = 1475)
4th)  Greg Schermerhorn & Dave Wiverstad (1379 + 81 = 1460)
5th)  Mike Ciszewski & Dan Pechan (1240 + 219 = 1459)
6th)  Gary Schindler & Chris Chandler (1367 + 90 = 1457)
6th)  Ralph Werner & Mitch Zimmerman (1337 + 120 = 1457)
8th)  Jesse Hauge & Ron Edwards (1355 + 96 = 1451)
9th)  Dennis & Ross Grossman (1328 + 120 = 1448)
10th)  Dan Marks & John Bailey (1437 + 6 = 1443)
11th)  Dennis Grossman & Terry Teasdale (1296 + 141 = 1437)
12th)  Blong Lee & Anthony Khamsompou (1319 + 117 = 1436)
13th)  Dave Uselman & Jerry Murphy (1327 + 108 = 1435)
14th)  Mike Darwin & Laure Bollinger (1168 + 264 = 1432)
15th)  Eric Serfort & Ron Edwards (1388 + 36 = 1424)
 
High Men's Scratch Series:  Dan Marks - 771 (257 Triplicate)
 
High Women's Scratch Series:  Rachel Zimmer - 676
 
300 Game - Gregg Williams
 
290 Game - Mike Johnson
 
 
Monona Braves Home Talent Baseball would like to thank all who participated.

 

Monona Braves Apparel 2015
(new logo pictured above)

January 30th - March 8th

The Monona Braves have set up a 2015 online apparel order through Badger Sporting Goods featuring their new logo.  This new logo will also be featured on the Braves' 2015 game hats.  

You can go to their website and enter our team Sale Code to enter the online sale.  The apparel options include hooded sweatshirt, shorts, dri-fit T-shirts, cotton T-shirts, Ladies T-shirts, tank tops, and Under Armour cage jackets.  Online orders are due by March 8th. 

The website and sale code to order are:
Website: https://badger.itemorder.com
Sale Code: MBHT15

Time to get geared up for Home Talent Opening Day.

35th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Bowling Tournament
January 5th, 2015

The Braves are again hosting the 35th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Bowling Tournament at Village Lanes in Monona.  

Come join the tournament and contribute to the Monona Braves 2015 season.  

The tournament begins on January 17th and runs through February 1st.

Monona Braves 2014 Stats now posted on website
December 12, 2014

Batting and pitching statistics for Monona Braves players are now available.  Go to the Roster section of this website and click on the individual player profiles to view their 2014 stats.  

Highlights from 2014 include Kody Parman finishing 2nd in the Eastern Section Batting Title race, hitting .435, as well as representing Monona in the 2014 Home Talent All-Star Game.  Chris Alexander and Zac Najacht joined Kody at the All-Star game as two of the East-Southeast team managers.

Click on this link to take you to the Roster page:

http://www.ballcharts.com/teams/roster.php?team=Monona
 

Cap Times - Dave Zweifel's Madison
October 14, 2014

Cap Times article: Everyone in tiny Ashton shares a championship


Monona loses to DeForest, 12-1
Braves' season ends at Sectional Semi-Final
August 11th, 2014

Monona lost to host DeForest, 12-1 on Sunday 8/10 to end their 2014 season.

In the other sectional semi-final #2 seed Cottage Grove beat #3 seed Poynette 4-3 in 11 innings.  Cottage Grove will now travel to DeForest for the Sectional Final next Sunday, 8/17.  The winner will earn a trip to the Final Four Championship Series.

A few highlights from the 2014 season include Kody Parman finishing 2nd in the Eastern Section batting title race, hitting .435.  Kody also represented the Braves at the HTL All-Star game on Friday 8/8 where he started at 2B and was 1 for 3 at the plate.  

Monona, who had a rough 2-4 record start to the season, rallied from Memorial Day weekend on to land the #4 seed and make the Eastern Seciton playoffs for the 19th season in-a-row.  Congrats to the Braves on another successful season.
 

Box Score:
Monona     000 000 100  —    1    7   1
DeForest   201 300 60X  —  12  17  0 

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Mo - Najacht (L; 3.2-9-6-1-3), Verhage (2.2-6-3-0-0), Schmidt (1.2-2-2-0-3); DeFo - Wichmann (W; 7-6-1-5-6), Vomhof (2-1-0-1-0).
Leading hitters — Monona — Haen (2x4), Grannis (2x3); DeForest — Johnson (4x5), Kurt (2x4), Edwards (4x5), Kelley (2x4).
HR — Johnson, Edwards. 2B — Johnson, Kurt, Edwards, Barman.


Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League playoffs: Cross Plains knocks out defending champion Middleton
 

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...
 

Home Talent League All-Star Game - Friday 8/8

The Home Talent League, along with the Madison Mallards organization, will host the annual HTL All-Star game this Friday 8/8 at Warner Park, Madison.  As in year's past, the East and Southeast sections will team up to face the North and West.

Kody Parman will represent the Braves as the East/Southeast team's starting second baseman.  Kody is having a great year at the plate, and in the field, hitting over .400 and in the thick of the race for an Eastern Section batting title.

Coaching the squad will be Monona's Chris Alexander and Zac Najacht, along with Dale Seffens and Brett Klitzke from Stoughton. 

See the information below on game time and tickets.  Come out to Warner Park and cheer on Kody and the East/Southeast.

http://www.hometalent.org/

HTL ALL STAR GAME
Friday, August 8, 7:05 pm
Warner Park hosted by the Mallards

North-West vs East-Southeast 

The 2014 Home Talent All-Star Baseball Game (East & Southeast vs North & West) will be on Friday, August 8 starting at 7:05 pm at Warner Park. It will be a great Friday night where people can come out to the ballpark and enjoy the best baseball talent from South Central Wisconsin. Thanks to the Mallards organization for hosting this great event.

The game will be just like a normal Mallards game. The gates will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the game. Introductions begin at 6:45 pm. There will be on-field promotions between innings;along with all food and beverage options will be available. The one difference from a Mallards game is that all tickets will be general admission for the game. General admission tickets will be sold for $7 each. Please contact your local Home Talent Baseball team to purchase tickets. Tickets are also available through the Mallards ticket office.
 

Monona beats Montello, 10-1 in regular season finale
Braves move on to Eastern Section playoffs

August 4th, 2014

Monona beat visiting Montello on Sunday 8/3 to end the regular season 12-6.  The Braves have now locked into the #4 seed in the Eastern Section and travel to play the #1 seed DeForest on Sunday 8/10 for the sectional semi-final.  Game time is 1:00 pm at DeForest HS.

The other sectional semi-final matches #3 seed Poynette at #2 seed Cottage Grove.  The winners will play in the sectional final on Sunday 8/17 with a trip to the Final Four Championship Series on the line.
 

Box Score:
Montello   100 000 000  —    1    5    5
Monona    012 040 03X  —  10  16   1 

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Montello - Daniels (5-9-3-5-4), Smith (2.2-7-3-1-0), Polcyn (0.1-0-0-0-1); Monona - Najacht (6-4-1-1-6), Petty (1-0-0-0-0), Schmidt (1-0-0-0-0), Verhage (1-1-0-1-3).
Leading hitters — Montello — Mi. Hanson (2x4); Monona — Schmidt (2x3), Haen (3x5), Grannis (3x5), Schmitz (3x3).
3B — K. Parman. 2B — Schmidt, Haen.
 


The Herald-Independent article:
Braves' big win gets them closer to playoffs

 

Braves shutout Poynette, 7-0
July 28th, 2014

Monona beat host Poynette, 7-0 on Sunday 7/27.  The Braves are now in a three-way tie for 4th place with Poynette and Portage in the Eastern Section.  Monona needs to win their final game in hopes of securing the 4th and final playoff spot.

The Braves host Montello in the regular season finale on Sunday 8/3 @ 1:00pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
 

Box Score:
Monona     020 001 022  —   7  13  0
Poynette   000 000 000  —    0   8   0 

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Mo. - Najacht (W; 9-8-0-1-2); Po. - A.Knuteson (L; 4-5-2-1-1), Mabrey (4.1-8-5-5-1), Blumenstein (0.2-0-0-0-0).
Leading hitters — Mon — K.Parman (2x4), Haen (2x5), Gauwitz (3x4), Schmitz (3x5); Poy — J.Knuteson (3x4).
HR — Gauwitz; 2B — Mo. - Schmitz, Grannis, Kalscheur; Po. - J.Knuteson.


The Herald-Independent article:
Braves big win gets them closer to playoffs

 

Monona @ Poynette - Schedule Update - Noon start
July 25th, 2014

The Monona Braves vs Poynette at Paquette Park, Poynette on Sunday 7/27 has been moved up one hour to a 12:00pm start time.

Monona needs a win to stay in contention for the Eastern Section playoffs.  Come out to Poynette and support your Braves.

 

Braves lose to Cottage Grove, 4-2 in 10 innings
July 21st, 2014

Monona lost to visiting Cottage Grove, 4-2 in 10 innings on Sunday 7/20.  The Braves are now tied for the 4th place spot with Portage in the Eastern Section. Monona needs to win their last two games and hope Portage loses one or more of their last three games in order to secure the 4th and final playoff spot.  

The Braves travel to play Poynette on Sunday 7/27 @ 1:00pm at Paquette Park, Poynette.
 

Box Score:
Cottage Grove  000 000 200 2  —  4  10  3
Monona              000 100 010 0  —  2   6   2  

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — CG - Bryant (7-3-0-2-4), Hawker (W; 3-3-0-1-3); Mo. - Z. Najacht (9-7-1-0-3), Goff (L; 1-3-2-0-1).
Leading hitters — Cottage Grove — T. Coogan (2x5), P. Paulus (2x5), Hawker (2x4), Retzlaff (3x4); Monona — K. Parman (2x5).
2B — T. Coogan, P. Paulus (2).

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Jeff Schafer, 49, and son Luke lead Middleton


The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

Braves beat Sun Prairie, 14-4 in 8 innings
July 14th, 2014

 

Monona beat visiting Cottage Grove, 14-4 in 8 innings on Sunday 7/13.  The Braves are now in 4th place in the Eastern Section as they look to secure a playoff bid.  

The Braves host Cottage Grove on Sunday 7/20 @ 1:00pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
 

Box Score:
Sun Prairie   001 100 02  —    4  13  6
Monona         210 011 18  —  14  18  1  

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — SP - Roscoe (L; 6-11-4-2-3), Brekke (1.1-6-5-2-0), Tuschen (0.1-1-0-2-0); Mo. - Zac Najacht (W; 5-9-2-4-5), Petty (3-4-1-0-2).
Leading hitters — SP — Tuschen (2x4), Brekke (2x5), Molina (4x4), Schuster (2x4), Engelhardt (4x4); Mo — K.Parman (3x5), Grannis (2x4), R.Parman (5x5), J.Gugel (2x2), Kyle Haen (2x2).
3B — Haen. 2B — Tuschen, Molina; Grannis (2), R.Parman (2), Haen.

 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Mac Wichmann, DForest beat Cottage Grove to gain breathing room in Eastern Section


The Herald-Independent article:
Big Inning lifts Braves to win: Cottage Grove falls to DeForest

 

Monona sweeps the holiday weekend
July 7th, 2014

Monona beat both visiting Columbus, 5-3 on the 4th of July, and host Portage, 12-3 on Sunday 7/6 to sweep the weekend.  These two games were big wins for the Braves who now move into the 4th place spot in the Eastern Section as they look to earn a playoff bid.  

The Braves host Sun Prairie on Sunday 7/13 @ 1:00pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
 

Box Score:
Columbus  020 010 000 —   3  6  4
Monona      001 120 01X —   5  6  3

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Willborn (L; 4.1-6-2-2-0), Dauman (3.2-3-1-2-2); Scheidell (4-4-2-3-2), Verhage (W; 5-2-0-0-5).
Leading hitters — Monona — K. Parman (2x5), Gauwitz (2x4).
2B — J. Gugel.


Box Score:
Monona    011 028 000 —  12 14 0
Portage     100 002 000 —   3   7  2

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona - Zac Najacht (W; 7-5-3-0-6), Verhage (1-1-0-0-0), Corey Schmidt (1-0-0-1-3); Portage - Kreier (L; 4.1-6-3-1-1), Walker (1.2-3-4-3-1), Bortz (1-1-2-4-0), Greene (3.1-3-0-0-2).
Leading hitters — Monona — Gauwitz (3x6), K. Parman (2x4), Schmitz (2x6), Walker (2x4); Portage — Hamilton (2x4).
2B — K. Parman, Walker; Kabele.
HR — Hamilton. 

Wisconsin State Journal articles:
Home Talent League: Mazomanie rallies past Lodi in bottom of ninth

Home Talent League: Cottage Grove sweeps Sun Prairie in doubleheader
 

The Herald-Independent article:
Fireman continue to roll in Eastern Section: Monona also stays hot

 

Braves beat host Marshall, 12-3
June 30th, 2014

Monona beat host Marshall, 12-3 on Sunday 6/29.  

The Braves host Columbus on the 4th of July, 7/4 @ 1:00pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.  On Sunday 7/6 Monona travels to play Portage at Portage High School @ 1:00 pm.
 

Box Score:
Monona    013 001 043 —  12 17 0
Marshall    000 300 000 —   3   6  3

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona - Petty (W; 9-6-3-0-3); Marshall - Wilke (L; 7-11-1-1-1), Miller (2-6-5-3-1).
Leading hitters — Monona — Schmidt (3x5), Espinosa (3x3), Massey (3x5), R. Parman (2x4), Kalscheur (2x5); Marshall — Martinez (2x4). 
HR — Martinez. 
2B — Schmidt, Grannis; Wittkowski.

 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Brandon Scheidler's six RBIs lift defending champ Middleton over Ashton
 

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

 

Monona beats Columbus 12-3
June 23rd, 2014

The Braves beat host Columbus, 12-3 on Sunday 6/22.  

Monona travels to Marshall on Sunday 6/29 at Marshall Fireman's Park.  Game time is 1:00 pm.
 

Box Score:
Monona      103 013 130 —  12 19 0
Columbus  050 000 10X —   3   9  2


Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona - Dave Scheidell (W; 5-7-3-4-4), Petty (4-2-0-0-2); Columbus - Fagerburg (L; 5.1-13-8-2-1), Z. Willborn (2.1-5-4-5-1). 
Leading hitters — Monona — R. Parman (2x6), K. Parman (3x6), Grannis (2x3), Schmidt (3x6), Schmitz (4x6), Kalscheur (2x5); Columbus — Schey (2x5), Vick (2x5). 
HR — Schmitz. 
2B — Grannis, Schmitz (2), Kalscheur.


Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Black Earth posts 12-inning shutout of Lodi


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Firemen, Braves keep winning

 

Braves split on the weekend
June 16th, 2014

 

Monona beat host Rio, 4-3 on Saturday 6/14, and lost to host DeForest 6-5 on Sunday 6/15.  

The Braves travel to play Columbus on Sunday 6/22 at Columbus Fireman's Park.  Game time is 1:00 pm.
 

Box Score:
Monona     4 X X
Rio              3 X X
 

Box Score:
Monona     001 100 120 —  5 10 2
DeForest   050 000 10X —  6  9 3


Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: McFarland hands Stoughton first loss of season
 

The Herald-Independent article:
Monona falls to DeForest; edges Rio for tiebreaker
 

Monona's Beau Goff succeeding at UM-Duluth
June 12th, 2014

Monona Grove HS graduate and Monona Braves' player, Beau Goff, had an impressive season up in Duluth, MN for the UM-Duluth Bulldogs.

The Herald-Independent article:
Both sides of the battery for Bulldogs' Goff

 

Monona beats Marshall, 10-7
June 7th, 2014
 

The Braves beat visiting Marshall, 10-7 on Friday night 6/6 to move up to a .500 record of 4-4 in the Eastern Section.  

Monona has two games this weekend, travelling to Rio Fireman's Park on Sat. 6/14 and to DeForest HS on Father's Day, Sun. 6/15.  Both games start at 1:00 pm.
 

Box Score:
 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Argyle's Justin Crotty throws a seven-inning perfect game against Oregon
 

The Herald-Independent article:
Monona and Cottage Grove secure wins in Home Talent Baseball

Braves beat Sun Prairie, 5-1
June 2nd, 2014

 

Monona beat host Sun Prairie, 5-1 on Sunday 6/1.  

Next game is this Friday night 6/6 at 7:30pm when the Braves host Marshall at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
 

Box Score:
Monona        100 000 010 —  5 10 0
Sun Prairie   000 000 001 —  1  5  1

 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Sorg's solo homer sends Sauk Prairie to victory
 

The Herald-Independent article:
Monona tops Sun Prairie; DeForest downs Cottage Grove
 

The Sun Prairie Star article:
Sun Prairie Home Talent Falls to Monona

 

Braves drop two on Memorial Day weekend
May 27th, 2014

 

The Braves lost two games over the Memorial Day weekend, 9-6 to visiting Poynette on Sunday 5/25 and 4-2 to visiting Portage on Monday 5/26.  

Next Sunday 6/1 Monona travels to Sun Prairie.  Start time is 1:00 pm at Ashley Field (old HS field) at 220 Kronke Dr., Sun Prairie.   .


Box Score:
Poynette   000 009 000 —  9 10 5
Monona     200 000 400 —  6 12 3

Box Score:
Portage    000 001 210 —  4 12 0
Monona    000 001 100 —  2  4  4

 

Wisconsin State Journal articles:
Home Talent League: Stoughton hands Fort Atkinson first loss of year

Home Talent League: Verona hands Dodgeville first loss of season


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Firemen slam Columbus; Poynette downs Monona

 

Monona loses to DeForest 8-1
May 19th, 2014

 

The Braves lost to visiting DeForest 8-1 on Sunday 5/18.  

Next Sun. 5/25 Monona hosts Poynette, and on Memorial Day, 5/26, the Braves host Portage.  Start time for both games is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.


Box Score:
DeForest   100 023 020 —  8 11 0
Monona     000 010 000 —  1  6  3

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — DeForest - Wichmann (W; 9-6-1-3-11); Monona - Najacht (L; 5.1-7-4-2-5), Scheidell (2.2-4-3-2-0), Petty (1-0-0-1-2).
Leading hitters — DeForest — Frank (3x5), Kohli (2x4), Johnson (2x4), Kelly (2x4); Monona — Goff (2x4).

HR — DeForest - Frank. 2B — DeForest - Kohli (2), Johnson; Monona - Schmidt.

 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League baseball: DeForest too much for Monona


The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

 

Braves beat Montello 9-0
May 12th, 2014

 

Monona beat Montello 9-0 on Mother's Day, Sunday 5/11.  

Next Sun. 5/18 Monona hosts DeForest.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.


Box Score:
Monona    121 140 000 —  9 15 0
Montello   000 000 000 —  0  4  2

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona - Najacht (W; 5-2-0-1-3), Schiedell (4-2-0-1-4); Montello - Polcyn (L; 5-11-8-4-2), Hoevel (4-4-0-0-1).
Leading hitters — Monona — Massey (4x4), Grannis (2x6), Schmitz (2x5), Gauwitz (2x5), J. Gugel (2x4); 
3B — Grannis; 2B — Schmitz (2); Montello - Smith.

 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Amateur baseball: Argyle tops Platteville in five-inning game without hit

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

Monona loses to Cottage Grove in 12 innings, 3-2
May 5th, 2014

 

The Braves lost to Cottage Grove, 3-2 in 12 innings on Sunday 5/4.  

Next Sun. 5/11 Monona travels to play Montello for the first time as members of the Eastern Section.  Game time is 1:00 pm at the Montello HS field.

Come out and watch the Braves play on Mother's Day. 

Box Score:
Monona              000 011 000 000 —  2 7 1
Cottage Grove  000 000 002 001 —  3 8 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — M — Najacht (7-4-0-2-5), Schiedell (L; 4.2-4-2-3-5); CG — Paulus (5.1-4-1-0-5), Hawker (W; 6.2-3-0-4-11).
Leading hitters — M — A. Schmidt (2x6), V. Schmitz (2x6), Parman (3x5); CG — Feiner (3x5), Meyers (3x5).
2B — A. Schmidt, Parman (2); Feiner.

 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Amateur baseball: Albion pitchers record 24 of 27 outs via strikeout

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...
 

Braves win 2014 opener over Rio, 10-0
April 28, 2014

Monona beat Rio, 10-0 in 8 innings on Sunday 4/27 at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.

The Braves travel to Cottage Grove next Sunday 5/4. Game time is 1:00 pm at Firemen's Park, Cottage Grove.

Box Score:
Rio          000 000 00X —  0  2  3
Monona  110 020 06X — 10 12 0

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona - Najacht (W, 1-0; 7-1-0-4-7), Petty (1-1-0-0-0-2); Rio - Wopat (L, 0-1; 5-8-2-2-0), Strausse (2-2-4-4-2), Jenkins (0.1-2-2-2-1).
Leading hitters: Monona — Schmitz 3x4, R. Parman 2x4, McCormick 2x4, Schmidt 2x5, Elliott 2x5.
2B — Elliott.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Amateur baseball: Evin Kohli, DeForest take Home Talent opener in convincing fashion

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

2014 HTL Eastern Section Schedule Posted
& Sectional Realignments
March 24, 2014

The 2014 Home Talent Eastern Section Sunday League schedule is now posted at:

2014 Eastern Section Schedule


*To add the schedule to your computer, phone, or tablet calendar:
Go to http://www.ballcharts.com/teams/ical_directions.php?team=Monona#.UzBVTL4o4eE
and select the option to SYNC by group, 2014.


Home Talent has realigned the sections for 2014, and a few changes are in place for the Eastern Section.

Eastern Section changes include:
Lodi has been moved out of the East and joined the North.
Waterloo has been moved out of the East and joined the Southeast.
Columbus (returning team) has rejoined the East. 
Montello has been moved out of the North and joined the East.

Other sectional additions include:
Oregon (returning team) added to West.
Pine Bluff (returning team) added to West.
Clinton (new team) added to Southeast.
 

34th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament

Results & Scores
January - February 2014

Thank you to all who participated in the 34th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Bowling Tournament at Village Lanes, January through Februaury, 2014.

Results and Scores

Monona to celebrate 2013 at Team Banquet
Braves look forward to 2014 season with annual bowling tournament
January 2, 2014

The Monona Braves will hold a team banquet at 6:30pm on Saturday Jan. 11th at the Pizza Oven, Monona to celebrate their 5th Eastern Section title in the past 7 years and 5th overall franchise Final Four appearance (2002, '07, '09, '12, '13).  The 34th annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament kicks off on the same day (Saturday Jan. 11th) at Village Lanes in Monona with two squad sessions at 12:30 and 3:00pm. 

It is a sanctioned tournament and costs $40 per doubles entry.  First place prize is $1,000 based on 350 entries.  Handicap is 80% based on a cumulative average of 460.  High averages from the 2012-13 season will be used unless someone is 15 pins higher with 21 games bowled this season.  Those individuals with no current or previous year average will use either 175 (women) or 200 (men).

Come on out and bowl to support the Monona Home Talent club.

Please call Village Lanes at 222-7361 to make reservations.

Home Talent Website Homepage
 

34th Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament
December 6, 2013

The 34th annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament will be held on four consecutive weekends, beginning Saturday, January 11th, at Village Lanes in Monona.  Squad times are 12:30 and 3:00 on Saturdays and 12:30 on Sundays.  It is a sanctioned tournament and costs $40 per doubles entry.  First place prize is $1,000 based on 350 entries.  Handicap is 80% based on a cumulative average of 460.  High averages from the 2012-13 season will be used unless someone is 15 pins higher with 21 games bowled this season.  Those individuals with no current or previous year average will use either 175 (women) or 200 (men).

Come on out and bowl to support the Monona Home Talent club.
 
Please call Village Lanes at 222-7361 to make reservations.

Home Talent Website Homepage

 

Braves represented at the 2013 HTL Awards Banquet
October 6th, 2013

The Monona Braves were represented at the 2013 Home Talent League Awards Banquet on Sunday October 6th at Rex's Innkeeper in Waunakee.  Manager Chris Alexander accepted the Eastern Section Championship award plaque on behalf of the team.  Pitcher Zac Najacht also earned the Eastern Section MVP award.  Both honors for the Braves were awarded for the second season in-a-row (2012 & 2013).

2013 Home Talent Awards
 

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Monona Braves finish year ranked 4th in the state
September 18th, 2013

The Monona Braves finished the 2013 season ranked 4th in the state according to the Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Association.  The Braves ended their HTL season in 3rd place, including a run of 19 consecutive wins, a return trip to the Final 4, and an overall record of 20-3.

2013 Wisconsin Amateur Baseball Association - Final Edition of the "SWEET SIXTEEN" Power Ratings
[16 Game Minimum, Played in "League & Playoff Games" only.]
.#1 - PEWAUKEE Muskies - Land O' Lakes, Grand Champions
.#2 - SPARTA Miller - Mississippi Valley, Season Champs & W.B.A. Final Runner-Up
.#3 - MIDDLETON 29er's - Home Talent, Grand Champions
.#4 - MONONA Braves - Home Talent, Eastern Champs & Third Place Final Four
.#5 - BURLINGTON Barons - Land O' Lakes, SW Champs & Runner-Up in Grand Championship Game
.#6 - CEDARBURG Mercs - Land O' Lakes, Northern Season Champs & Third in Final Four
.#7 - WHITEHALL Wolves - Chippewa River, Season Grand Champions
.#8 - TWO RIVERS Polar Bears - Shoreland, Grand Champions
.#9 - CLINTONVILLE A's - B.A.B.A. Grand Champions
#10 - HARTFORD Hawks - Rock River, Grand Champions
#11 - MILTON Raptors - Rock River, Grand Champion Runner-Up
#12 - BRILL Millers - Independent League, W.B.A. Grand Champions
#13 - STOUGHTON Merchants - Home Talent, Grand Championship Game Runner-Up
#14 - PRESCOTT Pirates - St. Croix Valley, Season Champions
#15 - VERONA Cavaliers - Home Talent, Western Champions & Final Four
#16 - GRAFTON Express - Land O' Lakes, Northern Runner-Up
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Honorable Mention-1 - MENOMONIE Eagles - St. Croix Valley & W.B.A. Finals
HM-2 - ELDERON Whiskey Jacks - B.A.B.A. Championship Runner-Up
HM-3 - MUSKEGO Impact - Land O' Lakes, Eastern, Grand Championship, "Final Four"
HM-4 - CHASEBURG-COON VALLEY Blues - Mississippi Valley
HM-5 - RUBICON Red Sox - Rock River, North - Second In The Playoffs
HM-6 - ORFORDVILLE Orioles - Home Talent, Southeast, West Champions
HM-7 - LA CRESCENT Cardinals - Mississippi Valley, Season Runner-Up
HM-8 - OSSEO Merchants - Chippewa River, South Division Runner-Up
HM-9 - HALLIE Eagles - Chippewa River, South Division Runner-Up
HM10 - ELLSWORTH Hubbers - S. Croix Valley, Season Runner-Up
HM11 - JEFFERSON Blue Devils - Home Talent, Southeast, East Champions
HM12 - NEOSHO Rockets - Rock River, South, Playoff Finals
HM13 - WAUPACA Lakemen - B.A.B.A. South-Central, Season Champions
HM14 - HAUGEN Knights - Indy League, Tourney Winner, Second in Season
Hm15 - SUSSEX Cardinals - Land O' Lakes, Western, Season Champions
HM16 - WATERTOWN Cardinals - Rock River, South, Season Champions
HM17 - KEWASKUM A's - Rock River, North, Season Champions
HM18 - RIVER FALLS Fighting Fish - St. Croix Valley, W.B.A. Finals
HM19 - ARGYLE Beavers - Home Talent, Western, Season Runner-Up
HM20 - CLYMAN Canners - Rock River, South
HM21 - MEMOMONEE FALLS Lakers - Land O' Lake, Western, Division Finals
HM22 - BROOKFIELD Bulldogs - Land O' Lakes, Western
HM23 - KOLBERG Braves - Door County, Grand Champions
HM24 - EGG HARBOR Indians - Door County, Season Champions

Please Note:
Games played in the Langsdorf League are not included.
Games played in the Northeastern WI League are not included.
Games played in the Tri-County Nite League are not included.
Games played in the Home Talent Thursday League are not included.
Games played as a Non-League game are not included.

 

Monona Braves beat Verona, 8-7 to earn 3rd place
September 8th, 2013

The Monona Braves won their last Final 4 game over Verona, 8-7 on Sunday.  Monona finishes the season in 3rd place, ending another successful year that included a run of 19 consecutive wins, a return trip to the Final 4, and an overall record of 20-3. 

The Braves also reached the Final 4 Championship Series for the second year in a row, a first for the franchise, and would like to thank all the players, coaches, families, fans, sponsors, and other supporters for helping make this a truly memorable year.

The Home Talent League Awards Banquet will be held on Sunday October 6th at Rex's Innkeeper, Waunakee.  Social hour starts at 5:00 pm and dinner and awards begin at 6:00 pm.  Please contact the Braves for tickets to attend and show support for their successful season.

Box Score:
Monona 002 000 600 — 8 14 1
Verona   200 000 014 — 7 11 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Scheidell (W; 8.1-13-6-2-2), Petty (0.2-1-1-2-0); Spencer (L; 6.2-9-2-3-6), Koss (0.1-1-0-1-0), Wallace (2-1-0-1-2).
Leading hitters — Monona — Gugel (2x5), Massey (2x4); Verona — Scanlon (2x5), Spencer (2x4), Murphy (2x4), Stoffels (2x4), Flora (2x4), Engelhart (2x4).
2B — Monona- Gauwitz, K. Parman; Verona- Murphy, Flora.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League final: Middleton's Drew Farrell shuts down Stoughton in championship game

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves finish third in HTL: Exciting rally tips Verona

 

Monona loses 2nd round Final Four game to Stouhghton, 10-3
September 1st, 2013

The Monona Braves lost their second round Final Four game on Sunday to visiting Stoughton, 10-3.

In the other Final Four matchup, Middleton beat Verona, 17-11, moving them to 2-0 in series play along with Stoughton and dropping Verona to 0-2 with the Braves.

The Braves will travel to Verona for Round 3 on Sunday 9/8. Game time is 1:00 pm at Stampfl Field, Verona.

Box Score:
Stoughton 301 024 000 — 10 14 0
Monona      010 100 010 — 3  11  3

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Stoughton- Riffle (W; 7-8-2-2-0), Sperloin (2-3-1-0-3); Monona- Najacht (L; 4.1-8-5-1-3), Petty (0.2-0-0-0-1), Scheidell (3-6-4-3-5), Fritz (1-0-0-0-0).
Leading hitters — Stoughton — Gerber (3x5), Wenzel (3x5), DiPrizzio (2x5), Steve Pennekamp (2x4), Schmid (2x4); Monona — Grannis (3x4), Schmitz (2x4).
HR — Stoughton- Wenzel; 3B — Monona- Grannis. 2B — Stoughton- Gerber, Wenzel; Monona- Schmitz (2).

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League playoffs: Stoughton earns date with Middleton in championship game

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves fall short against Stoughton

Braves drop Final Four opener to Middleton, 4-1
August 25, 2013

Monona lost to visiting Middleton, 4-1 on Sunday 8/25 in the first round of the Final Four Round Robin Championship Series.

In the other Final Four matchup, Stoughton beat host Verona, 11-3, moving them to 1-0 in series play along with Middleton and dropping Verona to 0-1 with the Braves.

The Braves will now host Stoughton in Round 2 on Sunday 9/1. Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.

Box Score:
Middleton 110 020 000 — 4 12 0
Monona    010 000 000 — 1  8  1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Middleton- Farrell (W; 9-8-1-2-7); Monona- Najacht (5-9-3-0-2), Scheidell (4-3-0-1-0).
Leading hitters — Middleton — Ma. Brabender (3x5), Mi. Brabender (3x4), Dubler (2x5); Monona — Grannis (3x4), R. Parman (2x4), Goff (2x4).
2B — Mi. Brabender, Dubler, S. Brabender; R. Parman, Goff.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League final four: Ben Riffle, Stoughton overwhelm Verona

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves fall to Middleton in Final Four openerMonona meets Stoughton in second round
 

Monona Braves advance to the Final Four  
August 18th, 2013

The Monona Braves beat visiting DeForest, 3-1 on Sunday to claim the Eastern Section Championship and advance to the Final Four Championship Series for the second year in a row.

The Braves will now host Middleton in Round 1 of the 2013 Final Four on Sunday 8/25.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.

Monona also continued their winning ways in Night League last Thursday, defeating Fort Atkinson on the road, 8-5.  The Braves now travel to Middleton to play in the Night League Semi-Final game, this Wed. 8/21.  Start time is 8:00 pm at Middleton HS.

Box Score:
DeForest   000 010 000 —  1 9 0
Monona     000 300 00X —  3 6 2

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — DeForest- Wickman (L; 8-6-3-1-10); Monona- Najacht (W; 7-7-1-0-5), Scheidell (1-0-0-1-1), Goff (1-2-0-0-1).
Leading hitters — DeForest — Bressers (2x4), Millar (2x4); Monona — Grannis (2x3).
3B — Monona- Elliott. 2B — DeForest- Drouin; Monona- Grannis.

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves going back to Final Four: Monona clinches two titles

 

Murphy-Anthony Field officially dedicated at Ahuska Park, Monona
August 11, 2013

Monona has officially dedicated the baseball field at Ahuska Park to Jerry Murphy and Mike Anthony. Their many years of service and hard work have ensured that the Monona Braves Home Talent Baseball Club has had the available resources and support to field a competitive team.  They both have deep roots in Monona and the Home Talent League, and all of the players, coaches, families, fans, and other Monona Braves supporters owe these two a great deal of thanks and appreciation!

Thank you Jerry and Mike!!!

Capital Times article:
Dave Zweifel's Madison: Paying tribute to two unselfish guys

The Herald-Independent articles:
8/1/2013:

Murphy-Anthony Field dedication August 11
8/14/2013:
Murphy-Anthony connection set in stone: Braves name field in their honor

 

The Braves host DeForest in the Eastern Section Final on Sunday 8/18 for a bid to the 2013 Final Four. Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.
 

Braves beat Sun Prairie, 3-1 to advance to Eastern Section Final
August 11, 2013

Monona beat visiting Sun Prairie, 3-1 on Sunday 8/11 in the Eastern Section Semi-Final.

The Braves will now host DeForest in the Eastern Section Final on Sunday 8/18.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.

Box Score:
Sun Prairie  000 000 010 —  1 13 1
Monona        000 100 02X —  3  8 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Sun Prairie- Schuster (L; 8-8-3-3-5); Monona- Najacht (W; 9-13-1-0-4).

Leading hitters — Sun Prairie — Tuschen (3x5), Molina (2x4), Benz (2x4), Diaz (2x4), Kvalheim (4x4); Monona — Gugel (2x3), K. Parman (2x4). HR — Molina; 3B — Molina; 2B — Goff.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League playoffs: Dan Dean pitches Fort Atkinson to upset of Orfordville

The Herald-Independent article:
Murphy-Anthony connection set in stone

 

Monona Braves win two over the weekend to finish 17-1
August 4th, 2013

Monona beat host Rio, 5-4 on Saturday 8/3 and visiting Cottage Grove, 14-10 on Sunday 8/4 for their 16th and 17th consecutive Eastern Section wins, finishing the 2013 regular season 17-1.

The Braves earned the #1 seed in the Eastern Section playoffs and will host #4 seed Sun Prairie this upcoming Sunday, 8/11 in the Eastern Section Semi-Final.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Murphy-Anthony field, Ahuska Park, Monona.  The other section matchup pits #3 seed Poynette vs host #2 seed DeForest.

Box Score:
Cott. Grove  032 002 102 — 10 13 5
Monona        012 401 15X — 14 18 2

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Cott. Grove- C. Schmidt (L; 6.1-10-5-0-4), Blakely (1-4-3-1-2), Rice (0.2-4-2-1-1);
Monona- Scheidell (5.2-7-2-5-6), Petty (1-2-1-0-0), Goff (W; 2.1-4-2-1-1)
Leading hitters — Cottage Grove — P. Paulus (2x5), Rice (2x4), Feiner (2x5), Gasser (2x4); Monona — Massey (2x2), Grannis (3x6), Schmitz (2x5), Goff (3x5), Crim (3x5), K. Parman (2x6).
3B — Cott. Grove- Rice; Monona- Grannis 2. 2B — Cott. Grove- Feiner, D. Paulus; Monona- Goff 2, R. Parman, K. Parman.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Cole Cook, Middleton top Cross Plains

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves earn season sweep of Cottage Grove: 17-1 Braves set for playoffs
 

Braves beat Lodi, 6-2 earning 15th consecutive win
July 26th, 2013

Monona beat visiting Lodi, 6-2 on Friday night for their 15th consecutive Eastern Section win, moving their record to 15-1 with 2 games left to play in the regular season.  The Braves travel to Rio this upcoming Saturday 8/3 at Rio High School field for a make-up game, and host Cottage Grove in the regular season finale on Sunday 8/4 at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.  Both games start times are 1:00 pm.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Top seeds Verona, Black Earth prep for postseason with wins

The Herald-Independent article:
Monona continues to roll in Eastern Section

Monona beats DeForest, 11-7 to clinch Eastern Section Title
July 21st, 2013

The Braves beat host DeForest, 11-7 on Sunday in a rain-shortened game to move to 14-1 and clinch the Eastern Section title.  Monona hosts Lodi this upcoming Friday 7/26 at 7:30 pm at Murphy-Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.

Box Score:
Monona   310 060 01X — 11 11 1
DeForest 000 000 25X —  7  11 5

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona- Scheidell (W; 7-5-2-3-6), Najacht (1-6-5-0-2); DeForest- Wickman (L; 4.2-8-7-5-5), Mack (0-0-0-2-0), Drouin (3.1-3-1-0-0).
Leading hitters — Monona — Grannis (2x3), Elliott (2x5), Crim (2x4); DeForest — Kurt (2x4), Johnson (2x4), Millar (2x3), Drouin (2x4).
2B — Monona- Grannis 2, Elliott, Crim; DeForest- Edwards.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Corey Schuchardt, McFarland knock off Orfordville

The Herald-Independent article:
HTL roundup: Paulus powers Firemen past Waterloo - Monona wraps up division title

HTL All-Star Game - Friday 7/19 @ 7:05pm, Warner Park
July 18th, 2013

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Zach Denman drives in decisive run for wild All-Star win

The Home Talent League will hold it's annual All-Star game this Friday, 7/19 @ 7:05pm at Warner Park, Madison.  The East and Southeast sections are again teaming up against the West and North.  The Monona Braves will be represented in the game by outfielder Vince Schmitz and pitcher Zac Najacht.  The game is run the same as a Madison Mallards game with on-field contests, promotions, and fun activities for all ages.  Tickets are $7 at the gate.  Come out and support your Braves reps and the East/Southeast team!

Wisconsin State Journal Article & Roster:
Amateur baseball: Home Talent League All-Star Game set for Friday at Warner Park

http://www.hometalent.org/

Monona beats Portage, 5-0
July 14th, 2013

The Braves beat visiting Portage, 5-0 on Sunday to move to 13-1 in the Eastern Section. Monona travels to DeForest this upcoming Sunday 7/21 at 1:00 pm at DeForest High School.

Box Score:
Portage 000 000 000 — 0 3 1
Monona 040 000 10X — 5 9 0

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Portage- Corning (L; 6-6-0-5-6), Johnson (2-3-1-1-1); Monona- Scheidell (W; 5-1-0-0-6), Petty (1-1-0-0-0), Najacht (3-1-0-1-6).
Leading hitters — Portage — Jordahl (2x4); Monona — Haen (2x4), Grannis (2x5).

2B — Monona- Schmitz.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Orfordville sweeps doubleheader to remain unbeaten

The Herald-Independent article:
Monona and Cottage Grove earn wins in Eastern Section

Braves beat Marshall, 13-2
July 7th, 2013

Monona beat Marshall 13-2 on Sunday to move to 12-1 in the Eastern Section. The Braves host Portage this Sunday 7/14 at 1:00 pm at Murphy Anthony Field, Ahuska Park, Monona.

Box Score:
Monona 201 230 05X — 13 12 2
Marshall 011 000 00X —  2  4  2

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona- Najacht (W; 8-4-1-2-11); Marshall- Rasmussen (L; 4.1-6-7-9-5), Wilke (3.2-6-4-4-1).
Leading hitters — Monona — Kyle Haen (2x4), Goff (2x3), Schmitz (2x5), Grannis (3x4), Massey (2x3); Marshall — Fisher (2x3).
HR — Monona- Goff. 2B — Monona- Grannis; Marshall- Grossman, Wilke.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Sam Koenig's homers lead Sauk Prairie to victory

The Herald-Independent article:
HTL recap: Braves bash out another win in Marshall

Monona beats Rio, 1-0
July 4th, 2013

The Braves beat Rio 1-0 on Sunday to move to 11-1 in the Eastern Section. Monona travels to Marshall this Sunday 7/7 at 1:00 pm at Firemen's Park, Marshall.

Box Score:
Rio           000 000 000 —  0 4  1
Monona  000 001 00X —  1  4 0

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Rio- Curtis (L; 8-4-1-3-2); Monona- Scheidell (W; 9-4-0-0-10).
Leading hitters — Monona — K. Parman (2x4).

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL roundup: Cory Schuchardt, Ed Feldner power McFarland past Stoughton in 11 innings

The Herald-Independent article:
HTL recap: Braves bash out another win in Marshall

Braves beat Waterloo, 10-0
June 30th, 2013

Monona beat Waterloo 10-0 on Sunday to move to 10-1 in the Eastern Section. The Braves host Rio this Thursday 7/4 at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park, Monona on the Fourth of July holiday.

Box Score:
Monona   020 003 014 — 10 15 0
Waterloo  000 000 000 —  0  8  5

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona- Najacht (W; 8-8-0-1-1), Petty (1-0-0-0-1); Waterloo- Kirchberg (L; 7-8-4-2-7), Radloff (2-7-4-2-1).
Leading hitters — Monona — Grannis (3x5), Schmitz (3x5), Goff (3x5), McCormick (2x5); Waterloo — Gomez (2x4).
HR — Monona- Grannis, Schmitz, Goff. 2B — Monona- Schmitz (2); Waterloo- Gomez.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Nick Raether hits three consecutive homers in Fort Atkinson win

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Monona cruises past Waterloo

Monona versus Waterloo moved
June 30th, 2013

Monona versus Waterloo on Sunday 6/30 has been moved to 4:00 pm at Marshall's Firemen's Park due to poor field conditions in Waterloo.

Monona versus Rio rained out
June 23rd, 2013

Monona and Rio were rained out this Sunday 6/23, a make-up date/time is TBD.

The Braves travel to Waterloo next Sunday, 6/30 @ 1:00pm, and continue Night League play versus Sun Prairie at Ahuska Park, Monona on Thursday, 6/27 @ 7:30pm.

There were numerous other games postponed, but here are the results of the rest of the league's games:
Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Myles Potuznik, Black Earth pull even with Middleton

Braves take two over Father's Day weekend
June 15th & 16th, 2013

Monona won two games over the weekend to move to 9-1 in the Eastern Section. The Braves beat visiting Poynette 10-0 in 7 innings on Saturday and visiting Sun Prairie 4-1 on Sunday. Monona plays Rio this Sunday 6/23 at 1:00 pm, a road game for the Braves being played at Ahuska Park due to field conflicts in Rio.

Monona continues Night League action this Friday 6/21 at Marshall at 7:30 pm.

Box Score:
Sun Prairie 000 001 000 — 1 9 0
Monona      120 010 00X — 4 8 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — SP- Schuster (L; 8-8-4-2-7); Monona- Najacht (W; 9-9-1-0-4).
Leading hitters — Sun Prairie — Patterson (2x4), Fujihira (2x4); Monona — K. Parman (2x4), Grannis (2x4).
2B — SP- Patterson, Fujihira; Monona- K. Parman, Goff, Grannis, Gugel.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Wichman pitches DeForest to victory

The Herald-Independent article:
HTL baseball: Cottage Grove rips Portage - Monona rolls to 9-1 mark

Monona beats Waterloo, 3-2
June 9th, 2013

 

Monona beat visiting Waterloo, 3-2 on Sunday to move to 7-1 in the Eastern Section. The Braves host Poynette this coming Saturday 6/15 @ 1:00 pm and host Sun Prairie on Sunday 6/16 @ 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park.

Monona continues Night League action this Thursday 6/13 at home versus Cottage Grove at 7:30 pm.

Box Score:
Waterloo 001 001 000 — 2 5 3
Monona   100 000 20X — 3 5 1

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — WaterlooHaberman (L; 7-5-1-4-0), Kirchburg (1-0-0-1-2); Monona- Goff (6-5-2-2-3), Petty (W; 1-0-0-0-1), Najacht (2-0-0-0-0).
Leading hitters — Waterloo — Little (2x4), B. Duckart (2x4); Monona — Gugel (2x2).
2B — B. Duckart.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Dakota Daniels' big day at the plate powers Cazenovia

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

Braves beat Portage, 7-3
June 2nd, 2013

Monona beat host Portage, 7-3 on Sunday to move to 6-1 and sole possession of 1st place in the Eastern Section.  The Braves host Waterloo this coming Sunday 6/9 @ 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park.

Monona also begins Night League action this Friday 6/6 in Albion at 6:00 pm.

Box Score:
Monona    300 110 110  —  7  9  2
Portage     000 001 002 —  3 10 1
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) —Monona- Najacht (W; 7-6-0-1-7), Rosco (2-4-2-2-4); Portage- Alex Dobbins (L; 4-4-4-2-1), Johnson (3.2-4-3-1-5), E. Greene (1.1-1-0-0-3).
Leading hitters — Monona — Kyle Haen (3x6), Parman (2x4), McCormick (2x4); Portage — E. Greene (2x5), Walz (2x4).

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League baseball: Ridgeway, Middleton, Cazenovia and Argyle post shutouts

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves top Portage; Firemen nipped by Marshall

 

Monona wins two over Memorial Day weekend, 11-1 & 5-0
May 26th & 27th, 2013

The Braves took two over the holiday weekend, beating host Lodi, 11-1 on Sunday and visiting Marshall, 5-0 on Memorial Day.  Monona moves to 5-1 in the Eastern Section and travels to Portage next Sunday 6/2 @ 1:00 pm.

Monona also begins Night League action this Friday 5/31 at Fireman's Park in Waterloo at 7:30 pm.

Sunday 5/26
Box Score:
Monona    204 001 022  — 11  8  2
Lodi            000 100 000  —  1  7  3
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona-Najacht (W; 6-7-1-1-8), Roscoe (3-0-0-0-1); Lodi-Rothwell (L; 2.2-4-6-6-4), Miller (5-4-3-5-2), Ziegler (1.1-1-0-1-1).
Leading hitters — Monona-Goff (2x4); Lodi-Ke. Mack (2x4).
2B — Monona-Schmitz, Grannis, Massey, Mayr.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Reedsburg shuts down Waunakee

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

Monday 5/27
Box Score:
Marshall   000 000 000  — 0 3 2
Monona    410 000 000  — 5 8 0
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Marshall-Dominguez (L; 8-8-5-2-2); Monona-Scheidell (W; 9-3-0-0-8).
Leading hitters — Monona-Grannis (2x4).
2B — Monona-R. Parman.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Taylor Blumenstein's walk-off homer propels Poynette

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

Braves beat Sun Prairie, 10-4
May 19th, 2013

Monona beat Sun Prairie, 10-4, at Ashley Field on Sunday to move to 3-1 in the Eastern Section. Next weekend, Monona travels to play Lodi (Sunday Games field) - Sunday 5/26 @ 1:00 pm and hosts Marshall at Ahuska Park on Monday, Memorial Day, 5/27 @ 1:00 pm.

Monona also begins Night League action this Thursday at Fireman's Park in Waterloo at 7:30 pm.

Box Score:
Monona       100 108 000  — 10 13 0
Sun Prairie  000 031 000  —  4   6  3

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona-Scheidell (4-5-3-7-5), Petty (W; 1-1-1-3-2), Najacht (4-0-0-0-4); SP-Minga (L; 5.1-10-9-2-2), Schuster (3.2-3-0-1-3).
Leading hitters — Monona-K. Parman (2x5), Jugel (2x3), Schmitz (2x5), Grannis (2x5), Parman (2x5); SP-Tuschen (2x4).
2B — Tuschen (2), Abbott.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Sunday's roundup

The Herald-Independent article:
HTL: Monona tops Sun Prairie

 

Monona beats Cottage Grove, 5-1
May 12th, 2013

The Monona Braves took down rival Cottage Grove, 5-1, at Fireman's Park on Sunday to move to a 2-1 record in the Eastern Section. Monona travels to Sun Prairie next week to play at Ashley Field (old high school field) - Sunday 5/19 @ 1:00 pm.

Box Score:
Monona              000 300 020  — 5 9 0
Cottage Grove  000 000 100  — 1 9 1
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — MONONA - Najacht (W; 9-9-1-0-2); COTTAGE GROVE - C. Schmidt (L; 7.2-9-5-0-2), Blakely (1.1-0-0-0-0).
Leading hitters — MONONA - Parman (4x4), Raffel (2x4); COTTAGE GROVE - P. Paulus (2x5), Gasser (2x4), D. Paulus (2x4).
2B — M - Gauwitz; CG - Gasser.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Patten's no-hitter leads McFarland

The Herald-Independent article:
Monona upends Cottage Grove in HTL rivalry

 

Help re-name Home Talent field in Monona
May 8th, 2013

Monona Herald-Independent Article

Recently the City Council approved the renaming of the Ahuska Park Baseball Field to Murphy-Anthony Field after longtime Monona Home Talent Managers Jerry Murphy and Mike Anthony.  The Monona Grove Business Men’s Association has set up an account to collect funds for the Murphy-Anthony signage and landscaping fund to honor these two gentleman for their service to the community.

Conceptual signage designs are being prepared currently but final design will depend on how much money is raised. If you would like to contribute to the signage and landscaping fund:

Make check payable to:
MGBMA Murphy-Anthony Signage Fund
c/o Monona State Bank
PO Box 6500
Monona, WI 53716

 

Monona tops DeForest 3-2
May 5th, 2013

 

Monona beat DeForest 3-2 at Ahuska Park on Sunday to move to 1-1 in the Eastern Section.  The Braves travel to Cottage Grove next week to play at Firemen's Park on Mother's Day - 5/12 @ 1:00 pm.

Box Score:
DeForest  000 002 000  — 2 5 3
Monona    100 000 11X  — 3 4 0
Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — DeForest - Hemstead (6-1-1-3-5), Vomhof (L; 2-3-1-1-1); Monona - Najacht (W; 9-5-2-2-5).
Leading hitters — Monona — McCormick (2x3). 2B — McCormick. 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL roundup: Black Earth rallies to outlast Richland Center

The Herald-Independent article:
HTL Baseball: Monona and Cottage Grove victorious


Braves drop opener to Poynette

April 28, 2013

The Braves gave up five unearned runs in the bottom of the 9th inning to Poynette at Pauqutte Park on Sunday 4/28 to lose 5-4.

Monona aims to bounce back next week at home versus DeForest at Ahuska Park, Monona @ 1:00pm.

Box Score:
Monona   210 000 100  — 4 11 1

Poynette  000 000 005 — 5 11 1
 

Pitchers — (ip-h-er-bb-so) — Monona - Najacht (7-6-0-1-7), Petty (1-2-0-2-1), Scheidell (L; 0.2-3-0-3-2); Poynette - Knuteson (7-10-4-1-1), Mabrey (W; 2-1-0-2-2).
Leading hitters — Monona — Gugel (3x4), Parman (2x4), Gauwitz (2x4); Poynette — Mabrey (3x4), Ryan (2x4). HR — Parman. 2B — Gugel, Schmitz, Raffel.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Poynette stuns Monona in season opener

The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

 

Monona Travels to Poynette for Opening Day
April 26, 2013

The Braves travel to Pauqutte Park on Sunday 4/28 to face Poynette to open the 2013 Home Talent season.

Monona looks to start the season off with an opening day win on the road.

First pitch is at 1:00 pm.

 

Monona vs Middleton - Exhibtion Game Cancelled
April 17th

Monona has cancelled their exhibition game versus Middleton this Sunday, April 21st.   The Braves open the season on Sunday April 28th at Paquette Park in Poynette.

Go Monona Braves 2013!

 

Monona Apparel 2013
March 23rd - April 5th

The Monona Braves have set up a 2013 online apparel order through Badger Sporting Goods.  You can go to their website and enter our team Sale Code to enter the online sale.  The apparel options include hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, shorts, dri-fit T-shirts, cotton T-shirts, Ladies T-shirts, and Under Armour cage jacket.  Online orders are due by April 5th.

The website and sale code to order are:
Website: https://badger.itemorder.com/
Sale Code: MBHT13

Time to get geared up for Home Talent Opening Day.

Go Monona 2013.
 

33rd Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Tournament

Results & Scores
January 12th-February 3rd

Thank you to all who participated in the 33rd Annual Monona Home Talent Doubles Bowling Tournament at Village Lanes, January 12th through Februaury 3rd.

Results and Scores
 


Braves lose to Black Earth
September 17th

Monona lost again in the last game of the 2012 HTL Final Four Championship Series, Week 1 to Black Earth 7-2 on Sunday.

Verona beat Ordforville, 8-7 in 10 innings in the other series matchup to win the title.

The Braves end the year 15-6 in their fourth trip to the Final Four in team history. 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Murphy's RBI single in 10th gives Verona title

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Braves end season in Final Four finale

Final Four Update...
September 12th

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL: Verona-Orfordville playoff game moved to Beloit Snappers' stadium

 

Braves get beat up by Verona
September 10th

Monona lost big in Week 3 of the Final Four Series to Verona 18-4 on Sunday. Black Earth beat Ordforville, 7-4 in 10 innings in the other series matchup to keep their title hopes alive.

The Braves (0-2) travel to Black Earth (1-1) next Sunday 9/16 at Jerry Barsness Field, Black Earth @ 1:00 pm.

DIRECTIONS TO BLACK EARTH FIELD

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League playoffs: Verona hammers Monona, gains inside track to title


The Herald-Independent article:
Coming soon...

Monona loses Final Four opener to Orfordville
September 3rd

Monona lost the opener of the Final Four Series - Week 2 to Orfordville 3-1 on Sunday.  Verona beat host Black Earth 6-5 in the other series matchup. 

The Braves (0-1) host Verona (1-0) next Sunday 9/9 at Ahuska Park @ 1:00 pm.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL Playoffs: Verona rallies past Black Earth with four-run ninth


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Braves fall to Orfordville in Final Four

 

 2012 HTL FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  

 

Monona vs Orfordville in Beloit 9/2
August 31st

Final Four - Week 2, Monona vs. Orfordville on Sunday 9/2 @ 1:00pm will be played at the Beloit Stateline Baseball Complex - 3303 Prairie Ave. on Beloit's NE side.

Come down to Beloit to cheer on the Braves on their quest for another HTL title. 

   2012 HTL FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES  


Monona at Black Earth 8/26 RAINED OUT
August 26th

 

Due to weather, Final Four - Week 1, Monona @ Black Earth has been rained out.  Week 1 will be rescheduled to Sunday 9/16, and the Week 2 (9/2 Monona at Orfordville) and Week 3 (9/9 Verona at Monona) schedule will remain the same.

  2012 HTL FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES     

Monona at Black Earth 8/26 Delayed
August 26th

Due to weather, the start time for the Final Four - Week 1 game Monona at Black Earth has been moved back to 3:00pm. 

Updates will be posted as they become available. 
 

2012 HTL Final Four Preview

August 23rd

HTL FINAL FOUR: Monona's Chris Alexander

HTL FINAL FOUR: Black Earth's Kasey Parent

HTL FINAL FOUR: Orfordville's Jeff Adas

HTL FINAL FOUR: Verona's Nick Krohn

 

Braves advance to Final 4
August 20th

Monona beat DeForest on Sunday, 4-1 to advance to the Final 4.  Round 1 Final 4 games will begin next Sunday August 26th as Monona travels to Black Earth for a 1:00 pm start.  DIRECTIONS TO BLACK EARTH BB FIELD

 Box Score:
DeForest  000 001 000  — 1 5 2

Monona    010 111 00X  — 4 8 1
 

 

 

 Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Orfordville reaches final four


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Braves claim Eastern Section title

2012 HTL FINAL FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

 

 

Monona shuts out Lodi to advance in playoffs
August 13th

Monona shut out Lodi on Sunday, 3-0 to advance to the sectional final in the Eastern Section.  Sectional Final game will be next Sunday August 19th versus DeForest at Ahuska Park at 1:00 pm.

 Box Score:
Lodi        000 000 000  — 0 8 2

Monona  100 002 00X — 3 8 2
 

 

 

 Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Defending champion Cross Plains bounced by Black Earth


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Najacht's gem leads Braves past Lodi 


2012 HTL Playoff Schedule

 

 

Final 2012 batting stats
August 10th

Monona's Boomer Gugel finished 2nd in the Eastern Section, hitting .481.  View the rest of the league leaders at:

Home Talent League: DeForest's Handorf wins batting title

Braves come back on Cottage Grove
August 6th

Monona came back from an early deficit to beat Cottage Grove 6-5 in 10 innings on Sunday.  The Braves clinched the Eastern Section regular season title with a record of 13-3, and are the #1 seed earning home field advantage heading into the playoffs next week.   Sectional semi-final game will be next Sunday August 12th versus Lodi at Ahuska Park at 1:00 pm.

Box Score:
Cott. Grove  013 001 000 0 — 5 11 2
Monona        000 021 011 1 — 6 12 6

 Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Top-seeded Middleton falls to Black Earth


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Monona slips past Cottage Grove in 10

FINAL 2012 Eastern Section Standings

2012 Home Talent All-Star Game - Friday 8/3
August 1st

 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL All-Star Game; Zander's walk-off hit wins it

The best of the Home Talent League will come together for the 2012 All-Star game this Friday, August 3rd at 7:05pm at Warner Park.  The East/Southeast will face the North/West in the 4th annual event, and Monona's Rob Parman will represent the Braves on the East/Southeast squad. 

General admission tickets are $7 and can be purchased ahead of time through your local HTL team, or at the gate which opens 90 minutes prior to game time. 

More info can be found at:
Home Talent Website Home

Home Talent All-Star Baseball Game Facebook Event

News articles including All-Star rosters:
Wisconsin State Journal article:
Amateur Baseball: Home Talent League All-Star Game set for Friday

The Herald-Independent article:
HTL All-Star Game coming Friday

  

Monona with another bye on 7/29
July 30th

Monona had another bye and did not play over the weekend. The Braves still sit atop the Eastern Section at 12-3 with one game to play at home vs Cottage Grove on Sunday August 5th.

Here is how the rest of the league faired and resulting standings:

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL roundup: Hinson drives in nine runs to lift Middleton in slugfest

Eastern Section Standings

HTL Website Standings

Monona has bye on 7/22
July 23rd

Monona had a bye and did not play over the weekend.  The Braves still sit atop the Eastern Section at 12-3 with one game to play at home vs Cottage Grove on Sunday August 5th.

Here is how the rest of the league faired and resulting standings:

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Ashton gains upper hand on Middleton

 

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Big inning ignites Firemen

HTL Website Standings

Monona takes over 1st place
July 15th

Monona took two over the weekend beating Poynette 8-4 on Saturday and Lodi 12-2 on Sunday to move to 12-3 and taking over 1st place in the Eastern Section.  

Eastern Section Standings

 

Tuesday, July 24th Monona hosts the Dodgeville Home Talent at Ahuska Park for a 7:30 pm exhibition game.

The Braves wrap up the regular season on Sunday, August 5th by hosting section rival Cottage Grove at Ahuska Park at 1:00pm.

Box Score:
Poynette  200 001 001 —  4  14  1
Monona   000 323 00X  — 8  11  2

 

Box Score:
Lodi       000 000 2XX —   2   8   5 
Monona 412 000 5XX  — 12 16 0

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Pacholke powers Sauk Prairie past Richland Center

 

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Monona alone atop the Eastern Section

 

Braves beat DeForest
July 8th

 

Monona battled through a close game on Sunday to beat host DeForest 8-5 and move to 10-3 in the Eastern Section. 

Tuesday, July 10th Monona hosts the Impact American Legion team at Ahuska Park for a 7:30 pm exhibition game.

Next weekend, the Braves host both Poynette on Saturday July 14th at 12:00pm (make up from May 6th rainout), and Lodi on Sunday July 15th at 1:00pm.

Box Score:
Monona   000 203 003 — 8  4  5 
DeForest 001 110 110 — 5 19 2

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Albion routs Evansville to regain control of division

 

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Braves keep rolling with two wins

Monona repays Rio
July 4th

Monona broke out the bats again in the extreme heat Wednesday and crushed Rio 12-0 in seven innings. 

The Braves travel to DeForest on Sunday July 8th at 1:00pm at DeForest HS field.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Sauk's Koenig spins no-hitter

 

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Braves keep rolling with two wins

Monona beats heat, Waterloo
July 1st

The Monona bats caught fire in the extreme heat Sunday as the Braves toppled host Waterloo 20 to 1 in seven innings. 

The Braves will host Rio on July 4th at 1:00pm at Ahuska Park.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Cross Plains rally stuns Reedsburg

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Monona hammers Waterloo 20-1

Braves drop one to Rio
June 25

Monona lost to Rio, 4-2 on Sunday on the road.  Next Sunday, July 1st, the Braves head to Waterloo for a 1:00 start at Fireman's Park.

 

Box Score:
Monona    100 001 000  — 2  6  1 
Rio            200 000 02X — 4  9  0


 

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL roundup: Ridgeway deals Verona first loss
 
The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Cottage Grove pounds Sun Prairie

 

 

Monona takes two on the weekend
June 17th

Monona topped Marshall, 4-1 Saturday on the road and handled Sun Prairie, 13-3 on Sunday at home..  Next Sunday, June 24th, the Braves head to Rio for a 1:00 start at the Rio High School field.

 

Box Score:
Monona    000 000 000 — 4 
Marshall  000 000 000 —  1


  Box Score:
Sun Prairie  000 000 30      3  8  5
Monona         000 000 000 
— 13 13 0

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Coming soon...
 
The Herald-Independent article:
Monona leaps into first place

 

Braves beat Waterloo
June 10th

 

Monona dropped Waterloo, 5-1 on Sunday at home.  Next weekend, the Braves travel to Marshall on Saturday June 16th for a 1:00 start at Fireman's Park, Marshall.

The Braves also hosts Sun Prairie on Sunday June 17th at Ahuska Park, Monona, and look to return the favor from an earlier season loss.

 

Box Score:
Waterloo 000 000 010 — 1 2

Monona   000 103 100 —  5 8

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL roundup: DeForest dealt first loss by Lodi

HTL schedule and results: June 10, 2012

Waterloo @ Monona

 

 

 

 

The Herald-Independent article: 
Home Talent Baseball: Cottage Grove and Monona victorious

 

 

Monona beats Poynette, loses to DeForest
June 4th

Monona beat Poynette on Saturday, 14-10 at Paquette Park, Poynette.  Sunday, the Braves dropped one to visiting DeForest. 

This coming weekend brings Monona's participation in the annual Clarence Buss Tournament in Cottage Grove.  The Braves play Friday night, June 8th at 8pm and may play again on Saturday depending on Friday's outcome, TBD.

Monona also hosts Waterloo on Sunday June 10th in their regular season Sunday game.

Box Score:
DeForest 100 030 207 — 13 18 0

Monona   100 200 000 —  3 9 2

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Coming soon...

The Herald-Independent article:
Cottage Grove tops Lodi, Monona bashes Poynette

Braves have bye on Memorial Day
May 28th

Monona had a bye on Memorial Day.  Most Home Talent teams played on Monday, below are the results:

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League Scoreboard: May 28, 2012

Monona shuts out Lodi
May 27th

Monona shut out host Lodi 8-0 on Sunday.  Next weekend the Braves travel to Poynette on Saturday, June 2nd at 1:00pm at Paquette Park and then host DeForest on Sunday June 3rd at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park, Monona. 

 Box Score:
Monona       000    012    230     —    8    11  

Lodi              000    000    000     —    0    5  

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League Scoreboard: May 27, 2012

Monona vs Lodi

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Monona blanks Lodi, Cottage Grove falls

Braves drop close one to Sun Prairie
May 21th

Monona lost a close one to Eastern Section rival Sun Prairie on Sunday.  Next Sunday, May 27th, the Braves travel to Dane to face Lodi at 1:00 pm at the Lodi Sunday Games Park, Valley Rd., Dane, WI.

 Box Score:
Monona        000    000    000     —    0    4   1

Sun Prairie   100    000    00X     —    1    4   2

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League Scoreboard: May 20, 2012

Monona vs Sun Prairie

The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Cottage Grove wins, Monona falls to Sun Prairie

 

Monona beats Cottage Grove in extra frame
May 14th

Monona edged Cottage Grove this Sunday 5-3 in 10 innings at Fireman's Park, Cottage Grove. The Braves move to 2-0 on the season and face another Eastern Section rival when they travel to Sun Prairie next Sunday, May 20th. 

Game time is 1:00 pm at the old high school field, 220 Kroncke Dr., Sun Prairie, WI.

 Box Score:
Monona        001    000    020 2    —    5    8    0

Cott. Grove  100    000    020 0    —    3    12   3

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League: Waunakee's Lyght leaves Reedsburg in dark with no-no


The Herald-Independent article:
Home Talent Baseball: Monona nips Cottage Grove in 10

 

Monona vs Cottage Grove on Mother's Day
May 9th 

Monona travels to Cottage Grove this Sunday to square off with their section rival on Mother's Day.  Game time is 1:00pm at Fireman's Park, Cottage Grove.

Come out and watch the Braves play on Mother's Day!

Braves rained out vs Poynette
May 6th

Monona versus Poynette at Ahuska Park was postponed this Sunday due to rain and wet field conditions.  Make up date TBD.
 

Monona opens with a win
April 29th

 

Monona beat Marshall 11-1 in 8 innings today in their home opener, starting out 2012 with a big win.  Pitchers kept Marshall to 1 run and the Braves' offense scored early and never looked back.  Monona hosts Poynette next Sunday, May 6th at Ahuska Park, Monona and looks for win number two.

Box Score:
Marshall    000    010    00    —    1    4    5

Monona    210    131    03    —    11    12    2

Wisconsin State Journal article:
Home Talent League roundup: Moon, Strause power Rio over Poynette

WSJ article from Saturday April 28th:
Baseball: Home Talent League opens Sunday with three games

 

The Herald-Independent article: Home Talent baseball: Monona opens with rout of Marshall

 

 

It's Just a Game
April 25th

 

Brian Carriveau, an accomplished sports journalist, has written an invaluable book chronicling the 2008 Home Talent League Season!  Brian's work details the history of the league, the genuine love of the game which the players exude, and the details of the 2008 season including the teams and individuals involved.

His book is for sale for $15 on his website at:
It's Just a Game


Brian will also be in attendance at Monona's home opener this Sunday, April 29th at Ahuska Park, Monona.  He will have books on hand to sell and may even sign a few...

Brian brings his love for baseball to this tribute to the players, coaches and all others involved that comprise the Home Talent Amateur Baseball League.

A huge thanks goes out to Brian, in appreciation for all his time and efforts to complete this amazing historical record of the league and game we all love.

Braves sweep preseason weekend
April 22nd

Monona won again today 3-0 over Jefferson at the annual Fort Atkinson exhibition tournament at Jones Park.  The Braves hope to carry some momentum into the season opener while building on their preseason work.

Next Sunday, April 29th is Opening Day as Monona hosts Marshall at Ahuska Park, Monona at 1:00pm.

Go Monona 2012!

Monona no hits Cambridge in preseason warm up
April 21st

Monona beat Cambridge today 2-0 in their first game at the annual Fort Atkinson exhibition tournament.  Earlier in the day, Jefferson beat Fort Atkinson and will now face the Braves tomorrow at 2:30 at Jones Park in Fort Atkinson.

Exhibition Game vs Cazenovia Rained Out
April 15th

Today's exhibition game vs Cazenovia has been rained out.

The Braves will play two preseason exhibition games next Saturday and Sunday at Fort Atkinson.  Saturday is a 2:30 start and Sunday is TBD.

Opening Day is April 29th at Ahuska Park, Monona.

2012 Eastern Section Schedule

The 2012 Eastern Section schedule is now posted.  Click on the Schedule link on the left to view the regular season games, with more weeknight, exhibition games to be scheduled in the near future.

The Braves return another solid core of veterans with a very talented group of younger players moving into their second and third years.  The Braves open regular season play on April 29th by hosting Marshall at Ahuska Park in Monona.

The Braves will play three preseason exhibition games in mid-April.  These games are on the schedule and times are TBD.

Go Braves 2012!

2011 Updates...

The Roster - player profiles, and Photo - albums sections of the website have now been updated with player pictures, brief player stat lines from 2010-2011, and a ton of 2011 game pictures (courtesy of Tom Gugel)!  Click on the Roster and Photos links on the left to view...

2012 Schedules coming soon...

Go Braves 2012!

2012 Monona Braves Bowling Fundraiser

Monona held it's annual bowling tournament at Village Lanes over the month of January.  This year's event was again a big success and the Braves would like to thank all those who supported the team by participating.  Special thanks goes out to Mike & Nancy Anthony, Jerry & Mary Murphy, Greg "Stretch" Strangstalien, Tom Gugel, and many others who helped make all this happen.

There were 395 total entries in this year's tournament with the top 64 cashing in!  Click on the MononaBowl link on the left to view this year's results.

The Monona Braves appreciate all your support!

Braves Celebrate 2011 at Banquet

Monona held a banquet this past weekend to celebrate their fourth Eastern Section title in the past five years.  The Braves selected two 2011 Most Valuable Players with one going to Jay Gugel who hit .407 this season finishing 3rd in the section batting title race, with his brother Boomer Gugel again claiming the title for the fourth time in the last seven years by hitting .418.  The other MVP award went to Zac Najacht who finished 9-2 with one save and a 2.78 ERA in the regular season and 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA in the post season. 
Also, Rob Parman hit .397 (7th in section).

Past seasons' awards were also presented:

2008 - Two MVPs

co-MVP Alex Bauer - hit .429 (3rd in section)

co-MVP Shawn Burcum - hit .453 (2nd in section), also won HTL Eastern Section MVP.

Elliot Brakmanis hit .362 (5th in section)

2009 - Two MVPs

co-MVP Shawn Burcum - hit .439 (2nd in section)

co-MVP Boomer Gugel - hit .492 (Won 3rd Eastern Section Batting Title)

Elliot Brakmanis hit .391 (8th in section)

2010

MVP Boomer Gugel - hit .448 (2nd in section)

Jerry Murphy "Charlie Hustle" Award - Alex Bauer

Most Improved Player - Erik Massey
 

The Monona Braves would again like to sincerely thank all their fans, sponsors, families, friends and coaches/players for all their hard work and support in making another successful season possible.

Go Monona Braves 2012, only 150 days until opening day...

Monona 2011 Team Banquet

Monona will celebrate it's 2011 HTL season and Eastern Section title at a team banquet on Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm.  The banquet will be held at the Pizza Oven on Monona Dr. and is open to all players/family/friends of the team.  Come celebrate another successful season and playoff run by your 2011 Monona Braves!

Here we come 2012...

Monona's Season Ends Early

Monona lost to Deforest 1-0 in the Eastern Section Final on 8/21.  The Braves end the 2011 HTL season 16-4 with a share of the Eastern Section title.

Although the end left the Braves with a sour taste in their mouths, it was another solid season filled with another section title and playoff run, a batting title, and an impressive 12 game winning streak!

A huge thanks goes out to all the fans, sponsors, boosters, players and families of the team...your support is greatly appreciated.

A team banquet/dinner is being planned and information will follow.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL Playoffs: Hemstead comes up aces for Deforest

The Herald-Independent article:
Deacons doom Braves once again

Monona Advances to Section Final

Monona beat Sun Prairie 9-3 on Sunday to advance to the Eastern Section Final.  The Braves will travel to Deforest and look to return to the Final 4 Championship Series with a road victory.  Game time is 1:00 pm on Sunday, 8/21 at Deforest HS field.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL roundup: Thousand powers Ridgeway to upset

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves advance to Eastern Section final

Boomer Gugel wins Eastern Section Batting Title

Monona's Dan "Boomer" Gugel won the Eastern Section batting title with an average of .418.  Two other Braves also finished in the top ten, Jay Gugel in 4th at .407 and Robert Parman in 7th at .397.

HTL Leading Hitters - 2011 FINAL

No Game for Monona

Monona received a win by forfeit Sunday versus Columbus and end the regular season 15-3 in the Eastern section.  This ensures the Braves at least a share of the section title with today's other games' results to determine the final standings.  Playoffs start next Sunday, 8/14 at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona, opponent TBD.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL roundup: Reynolds brings home the winner

Amateur baseball: HTL batting leaders

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves win final 11 games of regular season

Monona Levels Lodi

Monona won their 11th straight on Sunday over Lodi 11-1 to secure, at worst, a share of the Eastern Section title.  The Braves have won or shared the section title 4 of the last 5 years and look to win their section and return to the Final Four for the 4th time in the last decade.  Come out and watch their pursuit of another title starting August 14th at 1:00pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL Roundup: Schmidt's no-hitter fuels Cottage Grove
Amateur baseball: July 31 HTL & Rock River League Results

HTL Batting Leaders - through July 24
 

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves clinch share of section title
 

East/Southeast wins 2011 HTL All-Star Game

Jay and Boomer Gugel helped the East/Southeast defeat the North/West in this year's HTL All-Star game at Warner Park.  The East/Southeast used a 7 run 8th inning to rally past the North/West team, 10-6 to secure the victory for the third consecutive year.

Wisconsin State Journal article:
HTL All-Star Game

2011 HTL All-Star Game

Two Monona Braves will play in this year's HTL All-Star game this Friday 7/29 at the Madison Mallard's field at Warner Park.  The East section will team up with the Southeast to battle the North/West.  Game time is 7:05 pm and tickets are $7.  Gates open at 5:30 pm and tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket window.  Come out and watch a couple of our Braves represent Monona Home Talent at the Duck Pond.

Home Talent Website 
Madison Mallards Tickets
HTL All-Star Game Event on Facebook

Braves crush Poynette

Monona handled Poynette on Sunday, 16-3 to move to 13-3 in the Eastern Section, holding on to a share of first place.  Monona scored early and never looked back, and has now won 9 in a row.  The Braves host Lodi next Sunday, July 31st at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
HTL roundup: Middleton forces issue
Amateur baseball: July 24 HTL & Rock River League Results

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves blast Indians

Monona sweeps Marshall

Monona took two from Marshall on Sunday, 7-0 and 19-3 to move to 12-3 in the Eastern Section and a share of first place.  Monona had a big day at the plate and scored early in both games.  Monona has now won 8 in a row and travels to Poynette next Sunday, July 24th in efforts to extend the winning streak.  Game time is 12:00 pm at Pauquette Park in Poynette.

 

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:HTL roundup: Middleton, Waterloo go extra innings in triumphs
Amateur baseball: July 17 HTL & Rock River League Results

HTL Batting Leaders - through July 10
Baseball: Updated Home Talent League batting leaders 

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves clinch playoff berth after eighth straight win

 

 

Braves beat Cottage Grove

 

Monona beat Cottage Grove on Sunday, 7-2 to move to 10-3 in the Eastern Section.  Monona had a solid day in the field and a big 7th inning at the plate.  Monona has won 5 in a row and travels to Marshall for a double header next Sunday, July 17th.  Game 1 start time is 12:00 pm at Fireman's Park in Marshall.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Amateur baseball: July 10 HTL & Rock River League Results
HTL roundup: Deerfield's Hommen tosses no-hitter

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves extinguish Firemen in rivalry showdown

Monona Takes Two on the Holiday

Monona crushed Sun Prairie on Sunday, 14-1 in 7 innings and beat Rio on Monday 3-2. The two win weekend moves Monona to 9-3 in the Eastern Section.  Monona had a big day at the plate including two home runs off Sun Prairie pitching on Sunday and battled for a close win on Monday.  Monona hosts Cottage Grove next Sunday, July 10th.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Amateur baseball: July 3 HTL & Rock River League Results
HTL roundup: Cottage Grove walks to win
Amateur baseball: July 4 HTL & Rock River League Results
HTL roundup: Verona, Poynette and Orfordville prevail

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves gel, win fourth straight game

Monona routes Rio

Monona beat Rio on Sunday, 9-2, to move to 7-3 in the Eastern Section.  Monona had a big day at the plate including three home runs off Rio pitching.  Monona hosts two games next weekend for the 4th of July, Sun Prairie on Sunday July 3rd and Rio on Monday July 4th.  Game time for both is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.

Come out and watch Monona play on the holiday weekend!

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
HTL: DeForest tips Sun Prairie

The Herald-Independent article:
Home runs key for Braves in win

Monona defeats DeForest

Monona defeated DeForest on Sunday, 9-8, to move to 6-3 in the Eastern Section.  Monona jumped out early with 5 runs in the first inning and never looked back.  Monona travels to Rio next Sunday June 26th.  Game time is 1:00 pm at the Rio high school field.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Amateur baseball: June 19 HTL & Rock River Results
Monona vs DeForest Box Score

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves get big win over section leaders

Monona wins over Waterloo

Monona beat Waterloo on Saturday, 2-1, to move to 5-3 in the Eastern Section.  Monona scored early and played strong defense to secure the win.  Monona travels to DeForest on Father's Day, Sunday June 19th.  Game time is 1:00 pm at the DeForest highschool field.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Amateur baseball: June 18 HTL & Rock River League Results
Monona vs Waterloo Box Score

Monona lets one slip to Sun Prairie

Monona let one slip away on the road at Sun Prairie, 5-3 on Sunday to fall to 4-3 in the Eastern Section.  Monona scored early and took the lead into the 7th inning only to lose it.  Monona faces Waterloo at home next Saturday June 18th and travels to DeForest Sunday June 19th.  Game time for both games are 1:00 pm.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Home Talent League roundup: Kurt's 11th-inning sac fly leads Lodi past Cottage Grove
Amateur baseball: June 12 HTL & Rock River League Results
Monona vs. Sun Prairie Box Score

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves give up another lead

Monona Wins in Cottage Grove

Monona won one on the road at Cottage Grove on Sunday to move to 4-2 in the Eastern Section.  Monona scored early and scattered hits all day versus Cottage Grove pitching.  Monona travels to Sun Prairie next Sunday June 12th and looks to deal a loss to another section rival.  Game time is 1:00 pm at the Sun Prairie High School field, 220 Kroncke Dr.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Amateur baseball: June 5 HTL & Rock River League Results
Monona vs. Cottage Grove Box Score

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves down Firemen

Braves Lose to Lodi

Monona dropped another tough one to Lodi on Memorial Day, 3-2.  Again, the Braves took an early lead but failed to hold on to it or extend it.  Monona vs. Marshall on Sunday was postponed due to rain and a make-up date is set for Saturday July 30th at Ahuska Park in Monona.

Monona is on the road at Cottage Grove next Sunday June 5th will look to get back on track versus their section rival. Game time is Sunday at 1:00 pm at Fireman's Park in Cottage Grove.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats: 
Amateur baseball: May 30 HTL & Rock River League Results
Monona vs. Lodi Box Score

The Herald-Independent article:
Late rally leads to loss

Monona Drops One to DeForest

Monona dropped a tough one to DeForest on Sunday, 6-3.  The Braves took the lead early but couldn't hold on to it and failed to score after the 2nd inning.  Monona is at home vs Marshall next Sunday May 29th and at Lodi on Memorial Day, and will look to bounce back for a two-win weekend. Game times are Sunday at 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona and Monday at 1:00 pm in Dane vs. Lodi.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Amateur baseball: May 22 HTL & Rock River League Results
Monona vs. DeForest Box Score

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves lose battle of the unbeatens

Braves Crush Columbus

Monona ten-runned the Columbus Reds 21-10 in 7 innings on Sunday.  Monona is back at home vs DeForest next Sunday, May 22st and will look to go 4-0 on the season.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park in Monona.

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
Amateur baseball: May 15 HTL & Rock River League Results
Monona vs. Columbus Box Score

 

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves blow out Reds

Monona Blanks Poynette

Monona shut out Poynette 8-0 at Ahuska Park on Mother's Day!  Consistent hitting, strong pitching and solid defense propelled the Braves past Poynette.  Monona travels to Columbus next Sunday, May 15th and will look to go 3-0 on the season.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Fireman's Park in Columbus.

Cap Times article:
Dave Zweifel's Madison: Home Talent embarks on its 83rd year

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
WSJ Box Score

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves blank Poynette in near no-hitter

Win in Waterloo

Monona opened the 2011 season with a 5-3 win in Waterloo.  Monona will look to go 2-0 with a win in their home opener versus Poynette on Sunday May 8th.  Game time is 1:00 pm at Ahuska Park, 400 E. Broadway in Monona.   Come out and watch Monona play on Mother's Day!

Wisconsin State Journal article/stats:
HTL roundup: Jefferson's Klug tosses no-hitter on opening day

WSJ Box Score

The Herald-Independent article:
Braves Win Despite Winds

2011 Home Talent League Opener

Monona opens up the 2011 season Sunday, May 1st on the road versus Waterloo.  Starting time is 1:00 pm at Fireman's Park located at  500 N Park Ave, Waterloo.

 

As a warm up, the Braves played an exhibition game in Fort Atkinson on April 23rd.  Monona beat Fort 6-5 in 10 innings of exhibition baseball in preparation for the season opener.


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Monona Crushes Poynette

Monona cruised on saturday to a 15-2 win over Poynette. Every Monona starter had an RBI in the game. Scoring started in the fourth with a sacrifice fly by Shawn Burcum and then a two-run homerun by Elliott Brakmanis. Corey Schmidt got the win by throwing six strong innings for the Braves.

Monona Splits Games Over Holiday Weekend

Over Memorial Day weekend, Monona split a pair of games. On Sunday Monona defeated Marshall 4-1. Shawn Burcum and Elliott Brakmanis, who hit a solo homerun in the eighth, each drove in two runs to back Monona pitcher Corey Schmidt. Schmidt went eight innings striking out eight. Dave Scheidell came in the eighth to get the save. On Monday, Mononas bats went cold and were shut out 2-0 to Lodi. Zac Najacht pitched eight solid innings for the Braves. The Braves play Saturday down in Poynette at 1:00pm.

Najachts One-Hitter Lifts Monona Over Rio

Monona's Zac Najacht struck out seven in a one-hit shutout to hand visiting Rio its first loss, 4-0, in a Eastern Section battle Sunday. "We expect that out of him everytime hes out there," Monona Chris Alexander said. "When he can do it efficiently like that, especially early on in the season, thats a plus for us." Najachts no-hit bid ended in the sixth inning when Rio's Alex Brewer drove a one-out single up the middle for his teams only hit.

Monona Cruises Past Columbus

Monona cruised past Columbus in a Eastern Section game on Sunday. Boomer Gugel and Mike Slinde had three RBI apiece. Cory Schmidt got the start and threw five innings to get the win while striking out five.

Monona Falls Short

The Braves fell 2-1 to Sun Prairie on Sunday. The Braves opened the scoring with when Boomer Gugel scored on a Shawn Burcum batted ball to the shortstop. Sun Prairie answered with a run in the top of the second and then scored the go ahead run in the seventh on a Chris Gehrke sacrifice fly. Brandon Lenz got the win throwing a complete game three hitter. Zac Najacht took the loss and go 1-1 on the season.

Monona Opens The Season With Win

The Monona Braves opened the season with a 10-0 win over Waterloo in 8 innings on Sunday. Monona was led by Chris Alexander who went 4x5 with 3 RBI's. Monona also got extra hit games from Boomer Gugel (2x4), Jay Gugel (2x5), Elliott Brakmanis (2x4), Matt McCormick (2x4) and Zach Verhage (2x4). Zac Najacht went 5 innings to get the win. Monona will have their home opener next weekend against Sun Prairie at Ahuska Park at 1pm.

 

Monona Opens Eastern Section Play May 2nd

Monona will open play on the road at Waterloo on May 2nd at 1pm. Monona will look to repeat as Eastern Conference champs. Monona will compete in an exhibition tournament in Fort Atkinson on April 17th and 18th. Monona will also play April 25th vs. Fort Atkinson in an another exhibition. 


Read the article written by Brian Carriveau, about Monona Home Talent.   http://hometalentbaseball.blogspot.com



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