No team is more ready to wipe 2016 from their memory and move on to 2017 than the Brookfield Bulldogs. The Bulldogs switch divisions and head into the Lake Country Division of the Land O'Lakes
The Bulldogs opened the season with a 7-1 victory over Hartland on May 7.
Brookfield threatened early and often in the top of the first against the Oilers before breaking it open with four runs in the top of the fifth to take a 7-0 lead. Greg Basthemer dazzled for the Bulldogs, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. Hartland scored its lone run in the fifth after Zak Felkner scored on an RBI single by Travis Koeppen.
Koeppen had a multiple-hit game for the Oilers. Randy Sobczyk had three hits for the Bulldogs, including a solo home run in the first. Scott Booth and newcomer Curt Pryal each had two hits for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs blasted the Menomonee Falls Lakers, 16-1, on May 15 with an offensive barrage that had the Bulldogs up 8-0 after just two innings. The Lakers showed some heart, scratching a run across in the fifth but the Bulldogs were able to ease to the victory.
Mike Mierow had three hits for the Bulldogs and Kris Franzen, who has returned to the Bulldogs this season, had a multi-hit game along with Dan Barwick.
Basthemer spun six scoreless innings for Brookfield.
The Bulldogs will host the Brookfield Blue Sox at McCoy Field at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 21.
Blue Sox start 1-1
A veteran Brookfield Blue Sox team is led by the ironman arm of Johnny Arnold. Arnold and the Blue Sox just missed out on the playoffs in 2016 and look to start fast in a tough Suburban Division.
The Blue Sox dropped their season opener, 5-4, to the New Berlin Lakers on May 7 but notched a 4-0 victory over the Lannon Stonemen on May 14.
New Berlin started the scoring by getting a run off Arnold in the second and took a 3-2 lead going into the fifth. After New Berlin tacked on a run in the fifth, Brookfield tied the game in the top of the seventh.
The game would not stay tied very long when New Berlin would score a run off former Lakers pitcher Ben Versnik.
Will Johnson had a multiple hit game for Brookfield
The game of the day on May 14 was in Lannon, as the defending Land O' Lakes champion Lannon Stonemen opened up 2017 at home against the Blue Sox.
A classic pitchers' duel broke out between left-hander Troy Kenkel of Lannon and the hard-throwing Versnik.
Brookfield newcomer Marty Coyle gave the Blue Sox all the offense they would need with a two-run home run in the fourth. Versnik took care of the rest, going six innings, allowing just three hits and striking out 12. Drew Schreihart got the save by throwing three strong innings of one-hit baseball. Kenkel was as dominant as usual for the Stonemen, going eight innings, giving up just three runs while striking out nine.
Brookfield was led offensively by Matt McCarten, who had three hits. Coyle and Drake Schreihart each had two hits.