Entering as one of the hottest teams in the area, Brookfield East's baseball team hoped to make noise in the Greater Metro Conference tournament.
But the sixth-seeded Spartans couldn't spring an upset, falling 4-3 to third-seeded Franklin in the quarterfinals on July 3 to move into the consolation bracket. There they lost 4-3 to second-seeded Marquette on July 5 before earning a 3-2 win over West Allis Hale on July 7.
Brookfield East closed the regular season with a 16-14 overall record and earned the seventh seed in the Brookfield Central sectional.
The Spartans were scheduled to host 10th-seeded Sussex Hamilton to open regional play July 11. With a win, Brookfield East would have played second-seeded Waukesha North in a regional final on July 12.
Franklin jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but Brookfield East evened the score with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
The Sabers took back the lead in the bottom of the fourth and added a run in the sixth to make it 4-2. The Spartans scored a run in the top of the seventh but could not push the tying run across.
Jack Steger went 2-for-3 and Danny Butler was 2-for-4 in the loss.
Joe Serbiak worked five innings on the mound with five walks and one strikeout. Sam Tallmadge worked the seventh inning.
Brookfield East rallied to tie the game in the top of the sixth only to watch Marquette plate the winning run in the bottom of the frame in a 4-3 victory over the Spartans on July 5.
The Hilltoppers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held the advantage until the fourth inning when Sam Gauger tripled home a run for Brookfield East.
Cole Barnes then drove in Gauger with a sacrifice fly to put the Spartans in front at 2-1.
Marquette used an error, a triple and a single to take back the lead in the fifth. Brookfield East answered right back in the sixth with Kevin Shrawder scoring on a wild pitch with two outs.
A two-out RBI single by Austin Trowbridge gave the Hilltoppers a 4-3 advantage in the bottom of the sixth. The Spartans could not rally in the seventh, as Peter Ahn induced three groundball outs to end the game.
Will Owen limited Marquette to just one earned run with three strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings. Joey Pagel threw 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing one run on three hits.