Brown Deer baseball
Young but experienced, the Falcons have a winning record overall (10-8) and hopes for a solid Woodland Conference finish as they enter the important month of July.
"We don't have a lot of seniors," said Falcon coach Mike Donahue, "but we have a lot of guys with experience. The key for us right now is to keep improving, keep getting better."
That effort will get challenged in the coming weeks as talented freshman pitcher and shortstop Jake Schimenz suffered a hand injury that may take him out for the rest of the season.
Despite that, the Falcons (7-7 in league play) did get a major Woodland win last week, pounding an intimidating New Berlin Eisenhower squad, 16-6, Friday. They took on New Berlin West in a doubleheader on Tuesday and now will visit Plymouth in a nonconference tilt at 5:30 p.m. tody before hosting St. Thomas More in a Woodland tilt on Friday at 7 p.m.
A factor propelling the Falcons forward this summer is a promising young pitching staff led by two young lefthanders. Drew Worth is a 6-2 freshman while Kyle Okray is a 6-4 sophomore.
"I can't remember the last time I had even one big lefthander," said Donahue, "and now I've got two."
Donahue said chemistry has been very good so far this summer.
"They love being on the field with one another," he said. "There's not a problem child in the group."
In that surprisingly easy six-inning rout of Eisenhower Friday, the Falcons pounded out 20 hits as a seven-run third erased a 6-5 deficit.
Schimenz, in what might one of his last appearances, had four hits, including two doubles and three RBIs. Junior outfielder Sean Andryauskas had three hits and two RBIs, and sophomore outfielder Evan Naber contributed three hits with a home run and three RBIs.
Korpela got the win with relief help from Worth and Okray.
The win was preceded by a 10-5 loss to Whitnall the day before as Whitnall broke a 4-4 tie with a four-run fourth. Korpela had three hits and Schimenz had two in the loss as Mattefs bore the defeat.
Staying competitive in the Woodland Conference is an important goal of the young Greyhounds, and they are achieving that, as they entered play this week with a 4-7 league record and a 5-13 overall mark.
"The way its working for us," said Shorewood coach Tom Meyer, "is that we have a young pitching staff and they're a little inconsistent at times. It's just a matter of them coming along and becoming consistent."
The Greyhounds, who lost a tough 3-2 make-up decision to St. Thomas More on Monday, are indeed young on the hill. Dylan Knutson is the lone senior, as others who have tossed for Shorewood include freshman Elliott Kucharczyk, junior Declan Gruber, and sophomore Ian Roudebush.
The staff will get sorely tested this week with seven games, including a doubleheader at Cudahy starting at 3 p.m. today and then a solo game at home (Henry Aaron Field) against Whitnall at 5 p.m. Friday.
Junior R.J. Adams has been handling the catching duties while senior Joe Kelley and Kucharczyk have been the team's steadiest outfielders. A lot of the offense revolves around Gruber, while Kelley has been doing a sound job at the leadoff position.
Roudebush pitched well in the loss to More on Monday, as he scattered five hits with three strikeouts. He stranded a lot of runners (seven walks), but he could not handle More's Mike Waslick. Waslick hit two home runs and drove in all three Cavalier runs including the game-winning solo blast in the fifth.
Whitefish Bay baseball
A week of scuffling ended well for the Blue Dukes, when they defeated West Allis Hale, 4-2 and Grafton, 12-6, to win the Harvey Kuenn Wood Bat Tournament in West Allis Saturday.
The two wins improved the Blue Dukes record to 14-11 overall (5-4 in the North Shore) after they had lost three in a row, including a 13-2 decision to Slinger on June 24, a 17-9 nonconference tilt to St. Thomas More on June 23 and a tough 5-4 decision to Germantown on June 22.
In the tournament semifinal against host Hale, senior Jeff Kerr pitching six strong innings (three strikeouts and a walk) with relief help from Joe Fiorita. Danny Umland knocked in one key run for the Blue Dukes.
In the championship game, Bay brought out the bats in beating their North Shore rivals as Justin Alt and Mike Leckie had two hits apiece.
Umland got the win, throwing four innings with two strikeouts and seven walks, as Will Stock and Fiorita (two strikeouts) helped keep the Blackhawks at bay.
Bay will visit West Bend East today for a 5:30 p.m. tilt and will then take on Homestead in a 5:30 p.m. game at Rennicke Field in Mequon. The pair played a game at Cahill on Tuesday (visit WhitefishBayNOW.com for results of that game).
Outfielder Brian Huntsinger highlighted a quiet week for the 14-6 Knights, when the returning All-Suburban selection knocked in four runs and hit a triple and a home run, as his quad won a trio of games in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Classic last weekend in Oshkosh.
Huntsinger knocked in two runs in a 5-4 win over the South early in the day on Saturday and then hit his home run and triple in the nine-inning 7-5 decision over the North in the nightcap.
The Knights rallied for a 4-3 win over West Bend East last Thursday night, as Max Kramsky scattered four hits with eight strikeouts and five walks.
The Knights played back-to-back games with Germantown Tuesday and Wednesday, and will play Port Washington in a league game at 2 p.m. today at Miller Park before traveling to Cedarburg later that day for a 5:30 p.m. tilt with the Bulldogs.
The 7-6 decision over Waukesha South Friday was an ugly win with nine errors, but because it marked one of the first times that the Highlanders had come back on somebody to win a contest this season, coach Ernie Millard was not complaining.
"It was more of them imploding than us rallying, but we'll take it," he said.
The victory, after a series of tough defeats in North Shore play last week, was then followed up by an encouraging 13-3 rout of Port Washington in a league tilt. The Monday game improved Homestead to 4-8 in NSC play and 9-12 overall.
In the Port victory, a seven-run third highlighted the five-inning affair as Kevin Koch had three hits including a home run, a double and five RBIs, while Zach Enea (double) and Mitch Hauser had two hits apiece.
Andrew Holtorf (the win) and Tommy Martin combined their efforts on the hill.
The Highlanders entered the bottom of the seventh down 6-4 against South Friday, but then made their way home in an awkward manner.
After Hauser doubled and Max Beckers was hit by a pitch, Matt Schroeder laid down a successful sacrifice to put runners at second and third. The real excitement occurred after two were out as a wild pitch scored Hauser, and an infield single by Zach Krause brought in the tying run.
The bases were loaded on an error and a walk and the Highlanders were finally able to walk away with the victory after Enea was hit by a pitch.
The Highlanders will visit Grafton today before hosting Bay on Friday in a pair of 5:30 p.m. pre-holiday North Shore tilts.