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Pitching helps boost Greenfield's baseball team in winning streak

Hawks extend streak to five games

June 10, 2014

To Greenfield head coach Lee Kleszczynski, baseball can be actually a simple game.

"The kids are doing what we ask them to do," said Kleszczynski. "We want them to keep it simple. The pitchers need to throw strikes and the fielders need to play well."

So far this season, the Hustlin' Hawks have followed their coach's directions.

They came into this week on a five-game winning streak after opening the season with three losses, two of those by one run.

Last week, they topped Wauwatosa East 11-5 on June 7, blanked Pewaukee 9-0 on June 6 and stopped Shorewood 6-1 on June 3.

Pitching was at the forefront of those victories. Junior Dominick Meyer shut down Tosa East, allowing eight hits while striking out nine and walking none.

Senior Richard Thomas went 3-for-4 and drove in a run, while junior Bryce Laverdure had two hits and one run batted in for the Hawks.

Thomas hurled the shutout against Pewaukee, giving up six hits and fanning seven hitters with one walk.

He was helped by three hits and two RBIs from Meyer and two hits apiece by senior Kyle Holmes and junior Parker Rome.

Junior Ben Fularcyzk got the victory against Shorewood, allowing six hits. Backing him up were Laverdure with three hits, junior Marco Ostricki with two RBIs and Rome with an RBI.

"We have three pitchers in Thomas, Meyer and Fularcyzk who attack the strike zone," Kleszczynski said.

The other three area teams also enjoyed some successes last week.

West Allis Hale

An 8-2 victory over powerful Brookfield Central on June 5 highlighted the week for the Huskies.

Senior Cameron Holcomb had two hits and three runs batted in, while junior Mason Ross, junior Mials McMurray and junior Alex Elliott each collected two hits for Hale, which jumped to a 7-0 lead after two innings.

McMurray pitched a solid seven innings, allowing six hits and walking none.

The Huskies blanked Wauwatosa East 4-0 on June 6 on a three-hitter by Elliott, who struck out eight and walked one. Elliott also had two hits and two RBIs and Jason Palesse two hits.

Hale topped rival West Allis Central 7-2 on June 4 behind senior Sam Michalski, who allowed five hits and struck out seven in six innings.

His team pounded out 18 hits, with two hits and two RBIs each from junior Joe Jo Breznik and Ross and two hits by sophomore Isaiah Mundt. Junior Tyler Millikin and McMurray each hit doubles.

The Huskies' lone loss last week came to Brookfield East on June 3 by a 4-2 count. Sophomore Alex Sykes and Elliott each had two hits and Palesse allowed five hits for Hale, which came into this week at 5-5.

West Allis Central

Head coach Dean Mlachnik likes the way his pitching staff shapes up this season.

"We have Danny Doyle, Mike Manlick and Josh Kopplin, all seniors," he said. "In addition, sophomore Brandon Maglio shut out Waukesha North (11-0 on June 7) and freshman Leon Finney had 11 strikeouts against St. Francis (in a 5-2 victory)."

Central came into this week at 3-6 but lost four of five games last week.

The lone victory was the 11-0 triumph over North in the first round of the Bulldogs' tournament on June 7. Central went on to fall to New Berlin Eisenhower 10-8 in the title game that day.

Doyle pitched a gem in a 1-0 loss to Brookfield Central on June 3, allowing four hits, striking out three and walking three. The Bulldogs, though, had just one hit.

Central lost 7-2 to West Allis Hale on June 4 as senior Ryan Wisch brought in two runs.

The Bulldogs lost to Brookfield East 6-0 on June 5 despite two hits from senior Brendon Conigliaro and a respectable pitching effort from Finney.

"We will pitch well, and we should play good defense," Mlachnik said. "We just need to get some clutch hits."

Whitnall

After two easy victories over St. Francis, the Falcons had some trouble with Pius XI last week.

They blanked the Mariners 14-0 on June 3 and 10-0 on June 2. Leading the attack in the first game were junior Matthew Singer with two hits and two RBIs and senior Tyler Regeth with two RBIs. Senior Peter Moore and junior Austin Jenk drove in runs and senior David Gaertner had two hits.

In the second game, senior Jon Drew and senior Josh Daniels each had two hits and two RBIs, while junior James Menden brought in two runs and senior Josh Stark and junior Noah Stemper each collected two hits.

Regeth pitched the shutout on June 3 and Drew blanked the Mariners on June 2.

The Falcons (4-4 going into this week) fell to Pius 10-4 on June 5 despite a 4-for-4 effort from Regeth.

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