Josh Serio of Whitnall is getting the 2013 baseball season off to a huge start.
Serio allowed just one hit and struck out a total of 30 hitters in winning two early games for the Falcons.
He blanked Greenfield 10-0 May 24 on a no-hitter, fanning 14 and walking just one. He was supported in that contest by three hits from Zach Sutton and two apiece by Danny Weymier and Tyler Regeth.
Serio then came back against Cudahy on May 30, surrendering just one hit while striking out 16 and walking one.
"He is a power pitcher," Whitnall head coach Ben Krey said. "He has a good fastball and curve. At the high-school level, his fastball is dominant."
Serio helped the Falcons to a 3-1 start. They also beat Greenfield 13-7 May 25 as Regeth went 3-for-3 and Sam Mentkowski, Weymier, John Caron and Serio each had two hits.
Their lone loss was a 12-2 decision at the hands of Pius XI on Friday evening.
The other area teams all experienced their ups and downs so far this season.
The Bulldogs, under new head coach Dean Mlachnik, struggled early, dropping a game to Menomonee Falls and two to Grafton in the first week.
They then played better in a 5-4 loss to Wauwatosa East on May 30 as Kevin Gerovac went 3-for-4 and Michael Manlick 2-for-4.
They broke through for two victories Saturday, highlighted by a 2-0 triumph over Sussex Hamilton in which Manlick pitched a two-hitter, striking out nine.
Brendon Conigliaro went 2-for-3 to lead the offense.
They also downed Greenfield 14-3 as Brandon Burdick went 4-for-5, Jason Alvarez 3-for-3 and Manlick 2-for-4. Dan Doyle picked up the victory, fanning nine.
The Huskies also started badly, losing to Brookfield Central and Menomonee Falls by a combined 28-2, but they turned things around after that.
They topped Brookfield East 8-6 Friday as Alex Elliot and Marcel Mundt both went 3-for-4 and Nathan Gryzbowski and Tyler Lucchesi each had two hits.
They fell to Waukesha West 10-7 Saturday despite two hits each from Brian Kimpel, Peter Heal, Steve Acker, Cameron Holcomb and Lucchesi.
Hale downed Catholic Memorial 14-9 that same day with a 21-hit barrage led by Kimpel at 4-for-4 and Elliot 3-for-3. Sam Michalski and Mundt each added two hits.
After the big losses to Whitnall and Central, the Hustlin' Hawks hit the win column with a 6-3 victory over Pewaukee on Friday night.
Bryce Laverdure went 4-for-4 and Tyler Haim 2-for-4, while Ben Fularczyk and Richard Thomas worked on the mound.
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