Friday, June 16
West Bend 7 Up took a big step the week prior to rally past the Milwaukee Beavers and 7 Up was forced to come back from behind yet again to defeat the Beavers. The West Bend 7 Up offense that had started the season sluggish, has been clicking at all cylinders at late and has been the main reason for their recent winning streak.
7 Up started well when a 1st inning Matt Parrent RBI single scored Taylor Koth. The Beavers would build a 3-1 lead after 4 in big part because of Rob Tschimperle's RBI double. Alex Rejniak would stifle the 7 Up bats until the top of the 7th, when 7 Up would explode offensively with 5 runs. 3 straight singles to start the inning would all reach with singles, and would all eventually score. Parrent would deliver the big blow a 2 run RBI single to chase Rejniak from the game. With the score now 6-3, Milwaukee would come back to tie it in their half of the 7th. Brandon Mantz would haunt his old team with a 2 run single off Matt Parrent's glove. 7 Up would answer right back and score 4 more times in the top of the 8th. RBI singles by Adam Rohlinger and Matt Schubert, and a 2 out 2 run double by Nick Gross would be the big blows. Both teams traded runs in 9th but West Bend did enough to pull the game off and the sweep of the regular season series.
Matt Schubert and Andres Oselio had 4 hit games for West Bend, Matt Parrent chipped in with 3 hits, and Taylor Koth, Nick Gross, and Casey Krohn would have multiple hit games for 7 Up. Alex Prickett pitched well for 7 Up. Rob Tschimperle continued to feast on 7 Up pitching with 3 more hits, as did Brandon Mantz.
This long standing Main Street rivalry has been reduced to just one game but that doesn't take away any of the importance as the Menomonee Falls Lakers travelled to Lannon to take on the streaking Stonemen. One constant this season for Nick Heiting's group is that they are going to score runs. The problem with playing Lannon is that they don't usually let teams score many. Something had to give. In this case, Menomonee Falls scored their runs but unfortunately for them, so did Lannon.
Menomonee Falls would jump on Lannon starter Troy Kenkel first with a 1st inning solo home run by Zach Kornburger. Lannon would not wait long to take the lead for good when Don Matovich would send a 2 run home run to right to give Lannon the 2-1 lead. Lannon would score multiple runs in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th. The Lakers would show good fight cutting the lead to 10-6 after a 5 run 6th that would chase Kenkel from the game. Nick Erd would close the game out for Lannon.
4 Lannon hitters would have 3 hit nights, Nick Erd, Don Matovich, Ty Kozlowski, and Adam Bigus. Joel Zyhowski and Troy Kenkel would have multiple hit games for the Stonemen. Zach Kornburger and Anthony Otto had multiple hit games for Menomonee Falls.
When your home park's are part of the Milwaukee County Parks system, it is always interesting to see when and where you can make your games up. With normal home park Rainbow occupied by West Bend 7 Up and Milwaukee, the Bulldogs and Nighthawks traveled across 894 and onto the other side of West Allis to Zirkel Park for this makeup game from earlier in the season. And for 6 innings it was a pitcher's duel between Alex Tomter of West Allis and Greg Basthemer of Brookfield.
The Bulldogs would score first in the top of the 3rd after a Bill Gorman leadoff single and a RBI double by Mike Mierow. The score would remain 1-0 until the bottom of the 6th when West Allis would take the lead. A bases loaded walk to Jason Brooks and a RBI single by Jake Schwall. But like a team that is snake bitten, West Allis would give up 3 in the 7th and 2 more in the 9th to fall again.
Greg Basthemer and Mike Mierow would combine to give up just 2 runs on 6 hits. Scott Booth reached base 4 times and Kris Franzen reached twice for the Bulldogs. Jake Schwall would have a multiple hit game for the West Allis Nighthawks.
Sunday, June 18
When two good teams get together the team that usually wins the game is usually the one who makes the least number of mistakes and comes up with the clutch hits in big spots. When it is two teams fighting for position at the top of a crowded Lake Country Division, those get magnified even further. Brookfield would be able to come through with just a few more plays to win a big interdivisional matchup.
Brookfield would get all the runs they would need in the 2nd, when the Bulldogs would plate 3 runs. The Bulldogs would get the first 3 batters to reach in the 2nd and all would come around to score. Kris Franzen led the inning off with a single, and scored on Scott Booth's RBI triple to right center. Nick Kanavas would score Booth with a RBI double to left center. Kanavas would score on a 1 out RBI single by Bill Gorman. Brookfield would tack 1 more run in the 5th after Jonathan Keane would score on a Mike Mierow RBI single. Lannon's lone run of the game would come around in the top of the 9th when Don Matovich would score on a Jason Kalman sacrifice fly.
Jonathan Keane pitched well for Brookfield as he went 7 strong scoreless innings. Josh Lemke closed the game out for Brookfield. Nick Erd went the distance for Lannon. Randy Sobczyk and Keane had multiple hit games for the Bulldogs. Jason Kalman continued his hot start to the season with a multiple hit game for Lannon.
In a rematch of many Land O' Lakes Grand Championship games over the past decade, the Pewaukee Muskies headed to Malone Park to take on the New Berlin Lakers in a game that meant a lot for both teams. The Muskies have been on a bit of slide, losing 2 in a row, and in the crowded Lake Country Division, wins are at a premium. New Berlin on the other hand, was fighting to stay above .500 and ahead of the Milwaukee Beavers in the Suburban Division.
Pewaukee had all the momentum early, as they got out to a 3-0 lead after 4. However in the bottom of the 5th New Berlin would tie the game up after scoring 3 runs. After Pewaukee retook the lead in the 6th at 5-3, New Berlin would take their first lead of the game in the bottom of the 6th at 6-5 after scoring 3 more times. The game would remain 6-5 until the top of the 9th, when Pewaukee would tie the score at 6th. New Berlin however would score first in extra innings scoring the walkoff in the bottom of the 10th.
Hunter Frey and Dave Miklosi would have multiple hit games for New Berlin. Miklosi and Justin Hunt would hit home runs for the Lakers. Trent Borgardt had 3 hits for Pewaukee including 2 home runs. Tom Zimmerman also had 3 hits for Pewaukee. Clayton Schmidt and Sam Swan had multiple hit games for Pewaukee.
Both West Bend and Oconomowoc were looking to end skids and right their ship heading into the second half of the season. A great game ensued in Oconomowoc. Both Brad Reinfleisch and Dominick Meyer locked horns into a day of good pitching.
West Bend would score 2 in the top of the 1st highlighted by a RBI single by Joe Lehnerz. West Bend would score 3 more in the 2nd thanks to a RBI single by Nate Farrington and a 2 run double by Ryan Morrison. Oconomowoc would score 2 in the 5th thanks to a 2 run double by Sam Calmes. The Braves would tack one more run on with a Ryan Westenberger RBI single.
Morrison and Westenberger had 3 hits for the Braves, while Farrington and Lehnerz had multiple hit games. Dominick Meyer pitched a complete game for Oconomowoc.
It is starting to seem like that the only thing that can stop the Sussex Cardinals currently is the Sussex Cardinals. Manager Cory Gasper has seemingly found a nice rhythm with his line up and his most of his young talent has started to find their groove. The Monches Irish are looking to stay alive in the playoff race but had to deal with a guy they've struggled with over the past few seasons in Travis Thompson.
Monches would grab the lead for a brief minute in the top of the 2nd after a Luke Dubnicka RBI single. That would be the last chance the Irish would be in the game after Sussex scored 5 runs in the 2nd. 6 consecutive batters would reach in the 2nd for the Cardinals. A RBI single by Trevor Wesline and RBI double by Sam Harmeyer would be the big blows. With the score 7-2 in the 5th, Monches would cut the lead to 7-4 after a RBI single by Brad Jacob. Sussex would go on to score 5 in the 8th, capped off by a 2 run double by Joe Ferro.
Sam Harmeyer lead the way for Sussex with 3 hits, and 5 Cardinals hitters would have multiple hit games, Bryan Laabs, Michael Barnes, Nick Schreiber, Joe Ferro, and Carson Youngquist. Travis Thompson and Nick Schreiber pitched well for Sussex. Mitch Dubnicka, Benny Serres, and Brad Jacob had multiple hit games for Monches.
The West Bend 7up offense may have been a bit nervous heading into Sunday's matchup against the Menomonee Falls Lakers and Don August. August has had some of the best Land O Lakes outings of his career against them, but today would not be his day.
West Bend jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the first inning. Billy Bynum plated the first run with a double to right. Dan Mueller, who was called out of the third inning of a softball game, delivered a run scoring single, as did Jed Justman. Alex Prickett would finish the scoring with a two run single of his own.
The third inning featured another barrage of hits from West Bend. Brett Cramer, Taylor Koth, Adam Rohlinger, and Matt Schubert would all drive in runs to put West Bend up 9-0 and close the book on Don August for the day.
Fortunately for Menomonee Falls, they were able to get some stellar relief from Logan August and Lukas Kell, who each went 3 effective innings to keep this one from turning into a run rule game.
Falls made things a little bit interesting in the 8th inning when they were finally able to knock starter Justin Celeski out of the game. Nick Heiting and Lukas Kell singled, followed by a Matt Emmer walk to load the bases. Taylor Koth was able to work out of trouble with only a sacrifice fly and a two run single from Joe Plantier to keep the game at 10-5, the eventual final.
West Bend got a 5-5 day from Adam Rohlinger, 3 hits from Dan Mueller, and 2 hits each from Billy Bynum and Taylor Koth.
Falls got 3 hits from Nick Heiting, and 2 from Lukas Kell and Tommy Wolf.
Lake Country Division: Brookfield Bulldogs 8-1; Sussex Cardinals 7-1; Pewaukee Muskies 6-3; Lannon Stonemen 6-3; Hartland Oilers 5-3; Monches Irish 6-5; Oconomowoc 3-5
Suburban Division: West Bend 7-Up 7-3; Brookfield Blue Sox 4-2; New Berlin 5-3; Milwaukee 5-4; Menomonee Falls 4-5; West Bend Braves 3-8; West Allis 1-6
Wednesday, June 21, 7:30 p.m.
West Allis at New Berlin
West Bend Braves at West Allis
Saturday, June 24, 1 p.m.
Monches at Brookfield Bulldogs
Oconomowoc at Sussex
Milwaukee at Pewaukee
Brookfield Blue Sox at Menomonee Falls
Sunday, June 25, 1 p.m.
Hartland at Brookfield Blue Sox
Menomonee Falls at Oconomowoc
Brookfield Bulldogs at Sussex
West Bend Braves at Pewaukee
West Bend 7 Up at West Allis
Batting Average (min 25 at bats)
Zach Kornburger Menomonee Falls Lakers .578
Mitch Dubnicka Monches Irish .538
Nick Schreiber Sussex Cardinals .516
Michael Barnes Sussex Cardinals .500
Clayton Schmitt Pewaukee Muskies .478
Tommy Wolf Menomonee Falls .471
Ryan Morrison West Bend Braves .469
Mike Mierow Brookfield Bulldogs .467
Matt Schubert West Bend 7 Up .457
Billy Bynum West Bend 7 Up .455
Trent Borgardt Pewaukee Muskies 3
Joe Ferro Sussex Cardinals 3
Adam Bigus Lannon Stonemen 2
Justin Hunt New Berlin Lakers 2
Jason Kalman Lannon Stonemen 2
T.J. Roberts Monches Irish 2
Nick Schreiber Sussex Cardinals 2
Rob Tschimperle Milwaukee Beavers 2
T.J. Roberts Monches Irish 14
Matt Parrent West Bend 7 Up 11
Nick Schreiber Sussex Cardinals 11
Adam Bigus Lannon Stonemen 10
Joe Ferro Sussex Cardinals 10
Justin Hunt New Berlin Lakers 10
Jason Kalman Lannon Stonemen 10
Ryan Morrison West Bend Braves 10
Matt Schubert West Bend 7 Up 10
Taylor Koth West Bend 7 Up 15
Buck Konkel Monches Irish 11
Don Matovich Lannon Stonemen 10
Sam Mattheis Milwaukee Beavers 10
Nick Schreiber Sussex Cardinals 10
Matt Schubert West Bend 7 Up 10
Jake Hall Oconomowoc Five O's 7
Buck Konkel Monches Irish 6
Mike Mierow Brookfield Bulldogs 6
Clayton Schmidt Pewaukee Muskies 6
ERA (min 16 IP)
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 0.90
Brian Henschel Pewaukee Muskies 2.10
Alex Tomter West Allis Nighthawks 2.12
Matt Schubert West Bend 7 Up 2.76
Andrew Gibbons Monches Irish 3.05
Tyler Adams West Bend 7 Up 3.33
Nick Erd Lannon Stonemen 3.55
Ben Versnik Brookfield Blue Sox 3.79
Troy Kenkel Lannon Stonemen 3.92
Matt Parrent West Bend 7 Up 4.15
Travis Thompson Sussex Cardinals 4.31
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 4
Travis Thompson Sussex Cardinals 48
Carl Mercier Hartland Oilers 37
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 33
Troy Kenkel Lannon Stonemen 32
Brian Henschel Pewaukee Muskies 29
Ben Versnik Brookfield Blue Sox 29
Joe Lehnerz West Bend Braves 28
Lucas Yogerst New Berlin Lakers 26
Nick Erd Lannon Stonemen 25
Troy Kenkel Lannon Stonemen 43.2
Travis Thompson Sussex Cardinals 39.2
Joe Lehnerz West Bend Braves 38
Lucas Yogerst New Berlin Lakers 35.1
Don August Menomonee Falls Lakers 30
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 30
Brian Henschel Pewaukee 30
Alex Tomter West Allis Nighthawks 29.2
Matt Burke Milwaukee Beavers 27
Dominick Meyer Oconomowoc Five O's 26.1