Greenfield - Just two seasons ago, the Greenfield baseball team won only six of 30 games.
This year, though, the Hustlin' Hawks had quite the turnaround, tripling that figure to end with 18 victories. The Hawks (18-14 overall) finished 11-6 in the Woodland Conference Black Division to tie Greendale for second place behind New Berlin Eisenhower.
Greenfield also advanced to WIAA sectional play before having its season come to an end for the second straight year by the eventual state champion Franklin Sabers.
"This was a positive season," coach Lee Kleszczynski said. "We also had five one-run losses (and seven by one or two runs). Every time we came to the park, we felt we could win, and we were in the great majority of our games."
The seniors this year were Korben Biersack, Matt Brokob, Evan Greco, Connor Lewandowski and Nate Rios. Most were starters this season and all made major contributions.
Greco, the leadoff hitter, paced the Hawks in average (.477), hits (51), triples (four), home runs (six), runs scored (40), stolen bases (20), on-base percentage (.537) and slugging percentage (.738).
Biersack batted a solid .420 and drove in 25 runs in the cleanup spot and was a defensive standout behind the plate, throwing out 14 of 24 would-be base stealers in Woodland play.
Key returnees next season include Nick Jablonski, Tyler Laverdure, Peter Eidsmoe and Tyler Haim, all of whom started in the sectional semifinal game.
Coach Brian Johnsen's squad finished one game behind Greenfield at 10-7 for fourth place in the Black Division.
A highlight of the year included a two-game sweep of the Hawks.
Their season ended with a regional loss to Mukwonago, which extended Muskego to extra innings in the sectional semifinal contest.
The Falcons had four seniors: Marty Ordinans, Nathan Dupont, Ben Schaefer and Geoff Wisialowski, who batted .439 with 15 extra-base hits and drove in 25 runs.
Among the major players next season will be sophomore Sam Mentkowski and junior Luke Mentkowski, who both were solid on the mound. Sophomore Josh Serio, who hit .309 and brought in 32 runs while finishing 6-1 as the top pitcher, also is scheduled to return.
W.A. Hale Huskies
Although the Huskies struggled to a 9-22 mark, senior Dillion Engle was spectacular throughout.
Engle worked 69 2/3 innings, allowing just 17 earned runs for an earned-run average of 1.71. He struck out 103, averaging 10.2 per game, and walked just 22 batters. He had nine complete games, including a no-hitter over Brookfield Central.
At the plate, he batted .398 with 11 hits for extra bases and 11 RBIs.
Other seniors on the roster were Tony Machowski, Casey Riley, Troy Williamson, Joe Fujinaka and Tyler Ziegler.
W.A. Central Bulldogs
Central was hurt from the start when a number of seniors decided not to come out for the team.
That meant some underclassmen had to be rushed onto the squad, and the inexperienced Bulldogs won just once, a decision over the Wisconsin Lutheran Legion team.
Seniors were Kyle Bowe, Xavier Solis and Joe Smith. Returnees who enjoyed some success include Josh Neary, Victor Perea and Jacob Spenner.
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