Friday, August 4
In what could be a preview of a playoff game in a couple of weeks, the Brookfield Blue Sox and Milwaukee Beavers looked to secure playoff spots in front of a packed house at Harvey Kuenn Field in West Allis. The Beavers, winners of six straight games, were looking to keep up the momentum. The Blue Sox were looking to stay ahead of West Bend in the race for the top seed in the Suburban Division.
Brookfield starter Ben Versnik was locked in from the first pitch. Versnik worked two quick innings before the Blue Sox finally gave him some runs to play with. In the top of the third, David Jachym and Nick Rechlitz singled with two outs. Drake Schreihart reached on an error that scored Jachym. Tim Kahle then would single scoring Rechlitz. In the top of the fourth, Andrew James singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch. But the story was Versnik. He did not allow a baserunner until the fifth when he hit a batter with one out. Versnik would not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh when Sam Mattheis singled to left. Milwaukee would make it interesting on Brookfield reliever Drew Schreihart. The Beavers had their first two batters on with walks to start the ninth. Both would score on wild pitches. However, with one out in the 9th, Schreihart buckled down and got the last two guys out and stranded the tying run at first base.
Brookfield clinched a playoff spot with the win. Versnik went seven innings and gave up one hit and struck out nine. David Jachym had a multi-hit game for Brookfield.
Saturday, August 5
The 2017 season has turned into evaluation for the 2018 season for the West Allis Nighthawks and West Bend Braves . The Nighthawks have had a rough 2017 due to a string of bad luck. They've been in essentially every ball game, and have really felt the brunt of the rain, with 5 games postponed.
West Allis would score twice in the top of the 3rd on only one hit. West Bend would cut the lead to 2-1 on a Ryan Michael RBI single scoring Ryan Westenberger. West Allis would then go on to plate 11 runs in the top of the 5th, on just 3 hits. Jason Brooks and Jake Rybakowski would have 2 run doubles. Collin Luty would also have a RBI single in the 5th. The game had to be called in the bottom of the 6th when a West Bend player got injured and had to be taken to the hospital. Due to the score and predicament, league officials and umpires sided on the side of caution and called the game after 6.
Collin Luty reached base 3 times for West Allis. Ryan Westenberger reached twice for West Bend.
Sunday, August 6
Expectations were high in Monches this season. The Irish were riding their 2nd straight playoff appearance, and they had a nice group of returnees with some new faces that mixed in that gave Pat Smith some optimism. 2017 has not gone the way they expected, injuries, and Millennials being Millennials have made the season tough. The Blue Sox are riding high after clinching a playoff spot 2 nights earlier, and looking for another win to put the pressure back onto West Bend.
Monches took the lead first in the bottom of the 3rd. T.J. Roberts would clear the bases with a 3 run double. The Blue Sox would chip away immediately scoring 2 runs in the top of the 4th. After loading the bases, Andrew James would deliver a sacrifice fly to center scoring Pat Tobiasz, and Matt McCarten would follow with a RBI single scoring Steve Bartlien. Brookfield would tie the game in the 5th, when Tim Kahle would double in Zach Loss. The score would remain tied until the top of the 7th when the Blue Sox would score 6 times. Pat Tobiasz would deliver the big blow, a 2 run home run. Nick Rechlitz would have a RBI triple in the inning as well. Monches would make it interesting scoring twice in the 8th, and having the tying run come to the plate in the 9th with Roberts at the plate but he flew out to deep right to end it.
Arnold pitched well for the Blue Sox, going 7 innings giving up 0 earned on 6 hits. Pat Tobiasz and Andrew James had 3 hits for Brookfield, while Steve Bartlien had a multiple hit game. Brady Williams, Luke Dubnicka, T.J. Roberts, and Corey Mehnke had multiple hit games for Monches.
The game of the day may have been in Hartland, as two teams who've both been eliminated from playoff contention battled it out in a pitcher's duel. Both Hartland's Brady Bruss and Oconomowoc's Alec Essenthon locked horns and matched one another pitch for pitch.
Hartland got on the board first in the bottom of the 2nd with 2 runs. Craig Henschel and Jake Dibb each delivered RBI singles to give the Oilers the lead. Oconomowoc would tie the game in the top of the 4th when Steve Rhoads would single in 2. The score would remain tied at 2 until the bottom of the 8th when Brandon Heller would score Kurtis Chapman to give Hartland the lead. Tony Mueller would close the game out in the 9th to give the Oilers the win.
Kyle Petoskey had a multiple hit game for Hartland. Sean Meyer had 3 hits for Oconomowoc, while Aaron Benz and Steve Rhoads had multiple hit games.
If New Berlin is to make the playoffs in the Suburban Division the mission is clear, win out and hope that Milwaukee loses out. No bigger rivalry in Lakes stands in the way of New Berlin's path then it meets rival West Allis in a must win game.
New Berlin came out like the team that needs to win, taking a 9-0 lead after 6. West Allis's bats would come alive in the last three innings to make it a ballgame. The Nighthawks scored three runs in both the seventh and eighth, highlighted by Jason Brooks 3 RBI double. Joe Huss was able to come in for New Berlin and stop the bleeding and give the Lakers a must win.
Peter Go led the way for New Berlin with 4 hits, while Joe Scaffidi and Jake Kolasinski had multiple hit games for New Berlin. Jason Brooks had 4 hits for West Allis, while Joe Koeping, Jack Jurgenson, and Ryan Treichel had multiple hit games for the Nighthawks.
Wisconsin Class "A" State Tournament
West Bend 7 Up 10 at Kewaskum A's 3
The biggest story of 2017 for West Bend 7 Up has been the resurgence of Adam Rohlinger. Rohlinger's 3 hits led West Bend to an opening round victory over their neighboring Kewaskum A's. Matt Parrent went 4 innings of perfect baseball, not allowing a base runner. West Bend got 6 runs in the 3rd to put the game away. Rohlinger's 2 RBI single, and RBI singles by Jack Thelen and Evan Albrecht led the way. Matt Schubert, Jed Justman, and Adam Rohlinger had 3 hits for West Bend. Justman also had 3 RBI.
West Bend 7 Up 1 at Sussex Cardinals 2
Sussex knew that if they had any chance of doing any damage in the tournament, it first needed to get by the regional host West Bend 7 Up, and their house of horrors, Carl Kuss Field in West Bend. It took 9 innings and Travis Thompson's Houdini act to advance and eliminate the host 7 Up.
Sussex would get on the board first in the bottom of the 5th when Sam Harmeyer would score on a Michael Barnes RBI single. West Bend would tie the score in the 6th when Adam Rohlinger would hit a home run to the deepest part of the ball park, left center field. The score would remain tied until 9th. West Bend had the opportunity to take the lead, when it loaded the bases with nobody out in the 8th. Thompson then got a pop out to the first baseman and then struck the next two batters out. Sussex would capitalize on the opportunity in the 9th when Barnes would single to right, and Ben Wilkins would double to right center field to score Barnes.
West Bend's Joey Behm and Sussex's Travis Thompson pitched well. Behm went 8 innings for West Bend giving up no earned, on just 4 hits. Thompson went all 9, giving up 5 hits and the lone run. Adam Rohlinger had 2 of the hits for West Bend. Michael Barnes and Seth Kroenke had 2 hits for Sussex.
Pewaukee Muskies 11 at Clyman Canners 1
The story of the 2nd half of the season for Pewaukee is the two headed monster on the mound of Cam Godinski and Brian Henschel. Godinski was dominating against the Canners again, as Pewaukee advances to face Sussex in the next round of the tournament. Godinski went the complete game, giving up just 3 hits, and striking out 7 Canners hitters. Connor Moroder had 3 hits and 4 RBI for the Muskies. Ethan Urban hit a long 3 run home run.
Pewaukee Muskies 3 at Sussex Cardinals 6
In a game that featured two teams from the Lake Country Division of Western Division, there would be no secrets between the two ball clubs. The only thing missing was Travis Thompson and Brian Henschel dazzling on the mound. But Lucas Keller of Sussex and Brady Kais of Pewaukee did dazzle in their own right. The game featured a half hour lightning delay that featured no rain, but what it did do was lock in Keller.
Keller struggled with the location before the lightning delay, giving Pewaukee a 3-0 lead. However, after the 3rd inning, Keller locked in and blanked the Muskies bats. Kais did not want to see the delay as his mix of pitches fooled the Cardinals bats early on. However, a 3 run home run in the 6th by Michael Barnes would prove to be the difference maker for Sussex.
Barnes had 4 hits for Sussex, while Seth Kroenke and Trevor Wesline chipped in with 2. Trent Borgardt had 2 hits for Pewaukee.
Pewaukee Muskies 1 at Kenosha Kings 2
What team doesn't like their chances when they have an arm like Brian Henschel on the bump? Everyone does except when mother nature messes around with you. The Pewaukee ace took the ball in an elimination game against the number one seed from the Wisconsin State League and pitched great. With the game locked up in a 0-0 tie after 3, the skies opened up and caused the rest of the day's action in Sheboygan to be pushed until the next day.
With Kenosha ace David Keaton unable to resume on the mound, Pewaukee sent Henschel back out there and he was still on. Pewaukee scored the first run of the game in the top of the 6th to go up 1-0. However, that is when the Pewaukee defense snuck up on them. A bloop single and two straight errors allowed Kenosha to tie the game. After Pewaukee was unable to score in the 7th, Kenosha was able to get two runners on with one out. A hit batter, and then a passed ball gave Kenosha the win and ended Pewaukee's run in the tournament.
Brian Henschel went the distance for Pewaukee. He gave up no earned runs on six hits and struck out six.
Sussex Cardinals 13 at Sheboygan A's 0
No team was more locked in the Sussex Cardinals, and playing the host Sheboygan A's wasn't going to be an issue. The Cardinals raced out and then away as Travis Thompson and company advanced out of the winner's bracket. Travis Thompson again got the ball for Sussex, and the veteran righty was sharp early. Thompson worked quickly and kept the mighty Sheboygan offense off balance. Thompson's complete game 2 hit shutout was complete domination against their State League foe.
Michael Barnes continued to be white hot for the Cardinals offense. After his 4 hit game against Sheboygan, Barnes had a hit in 13 straight at bats. Barnes had 2 doubles and 4 RBI's for the Cardinals. Seth Kroenke continued to quietly have a great weekend with 2 more hits. Bryan Laabs had 2 hits and 2 walks to reach 4 times.
Kenosha Kings 2 at Sussex Cardinals 7
Due to impending weather, and time schedule working against both teams, the game would be for the championship. Sussex, not wanting to take any chances, decided to again start Travis Thompson on the hill. Thompson who only threw 63 pitches in the first game would take the ball and again would continue to get outs. The Sussex defense continued to support Thompson, turning 5 double plays in the game. Kenosha would score first in the top of the 1st with 3 consecutive singles to start the game. Thompson would not allow another runner past 1st base until the 7th. Sussex would finally take the lead in the bottom of the 4th scoring 4 times, and again 3 more times in the 5th. Michael Barnes again would have a big hand in the scoring with a 2 RBI triple. Kenosha had 1 in, and runners at 2nd and 3rd in the last inning but Thompson was able to work around it and shut the door for the State Championship.
Barnes, Bryan Laabs, Ben Wilkins and Trevor Wesline would have multiple hit games for Sussex.
Michael Barnes was named the MVP of the tournament. Barnes went 15-18 for an .833 average. He hit one home run, 1 triple, 4 doubles, and 9 RBI for the Cardinals. Travis Thompson won 3 games for Sussex. He went 22 innings and gave up just 3 runs on 15 hits, and struck out 26. He did not walk a single batter.
Lake Country Division: Brookfield Bulldogs 15-2; Pewaukee Muskies 13-4; Lannon Stonemen 10-4; Sussex Cardinals 11-5; Hartland Oilers 7-8; Monches Irish 6-11; Oconomowoc Five O’s 3-14
Suburban Division: Brookfield Blue Sox 12-4; West Bend 7-Up 11-5; Milwaukee Beavers 10-6; New Berlin Lakers 10-7; West Allis Nighthawks 6-10; Menomonee Falls 5-12; West Bend Braves 3-12
Lake Country Divisions:
Brookfield Bulldogs: Has won the Lake Country Division, and has clinched the number 1 overall seed.
Pewaukee Muskies: Can clinch a playoff spot with win over Lannon or Sussex loss.
Lannon Stonemen: Can clinch a playoff spot by winning out, or winning 2 games and Sussex losing a game.
Sussex Cardinals: Can clinch a playoff spot by winning out and Pewaukee beating Lannon.
Brookfield Blue Sox: Has clinched a playoff spot. Can clinch the number 1 seed by winning out or winning 1 of 2 and West Bend losing.
West Bend 7 Up: Has clinched a playoff spot. Can clinch the number 1 seed by winning out and the Brookfield Bulldogs losing one of their last 2 games.
Milwaukee Beavers: Can clinch a playoff spot with a win in any of their final 2 games.
New Berlin Lakers: Can clinch a playoff spot by winning out and having Milwaukee Beavers lose out.
Tuesday, August 8
Hartland at Lannon 7:30 PM
Wednesday, August 9
West Bend Braves at West Bend 7 Up 7:30 PM
Friday, August 11
Milwaukee at West Allis 7:30 PM
Oconomowoc at West Bend 7 Up 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 12
Lannon at Pewaukee 1:00 PM
Milwaukee at Brookfield Bulldogs 1:00 PM
Hartland at Monches 1:00 PM
New Berlin at Menomonee Falls 1:00 PM
Sussex at West Allis 1:00 PM
Brookfield Blue Sox at West Bend Braves 1:00 PM
Sunday, August 13
Sussex at Brookfield Blue Sox 1:00 PM
Lannon at West Bend Braves 1:00 PM
Batting Average (min 45 at bats)
Zach Kornburger Menomonee Falls Lakers .525
Matt Schubert West Bend 7 Up .483
Clayton Schmitt Pewaukee Muskies .475
Nick Schreiber Sussex Cardinals .471
Mitch Dubnicka Monches Irish .457
Mike Mierow Brookfield Bulldogs .453
Sam Mattheis Milwaukee Beavers .448
Ty Kozlowski Lannon Stonemen .438
Jack Jorgenson West Allis Nighthawks .405
Jason Kalman Lannon Stonemen .404
Nick Schreiber Sussex Cardinals 4
Adam Bigus Lannon Stonemen 3
Trent Borgardt Pewaukee Muskies 3
Joe Ferro Sussex Cardinals 3
Jason Kalman Lannon Stonemen 3
Doug Martin Milwaukee Beavers 3
Matt Schubert West Bend 7 Up 20
Nick Schreiber Sussex Cardinals 19
Jarrett Gates Milwaukee Beavers 18
T.J. Roberts Monches Irish 18
Adam Bigus Lannon Stonemen 17
Matt Parrent West Bend 7 Up 17
Randy Sobczyk Brookfield Bulldogs 17
Taylor Koth West Bend 7 Up 24
Adam Rohlinger West Bend 7 Up 19
Clayton Schmitt Pewaukee Muskies 19
Nick Erd Lannon Stonemen 18
Sam Mattheis Milwaukee Beavers 18
Ethan Urban Pewaukee Muskies 17
Dan Barwick Brookfield Bulldogs 16
Jake Hall Oconomowoc Five O's 9
Ethan Urban Pewaukee Muskies 9
Mike Mierow Brookfield Bulldogs 9
ERA (min 30 IP)
Brian Henschel Pewaukee Muskies 1.36
Alex Tomter West Allis Nighthawks 1.80
Jonathan Keane Brookfield Bulldogs 2.12
Matt Parrent West Bend 7 Up 2.41
Troy Kenkel Lannon Stonemen 2.74
Matt Burke Milwaukee Beavers 2.75
Johnny Arnold Brookfield Blue Sox 2.80
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 3.00
Ben Versnik Brookfield Blue Sox 3.35
Travis Thompson Sussex Cardinals 3.42
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 6
Troy Kenkel Lannon Stonemen 6
Brian Henschel Pewaukee Muskies 6
Travis Thompson Sussex Cardinals 6
Brian Henschel Pewaukee Muskies 71
Travis Thompson Sussex Cardinals 69
Ben Versnik Brookfield Blue Sox 55
Carl Mercier Hartland Oilers 52
Troy Kenkel Lannon Stonemen 47
Nick Erd Lannon Stonemen 44
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 43
Lucas Yogerst New Berlin Lakers 40
Jonathan Keane Brookfield Bulldogs 39
Travis Thompson Sussex Cardinals 73.2
Brian Henschel Pewaukee Muskies 73
Troy Kenkel Lannon Stonemen 65.2
Lucas Yogerst New Berlin Lakers 59.1
Don August Menomonee Falls Lakers 55.2
Matt Burke Milwaukee Beavers 55.2
Dominick Meyer Oconomowoc Five O's 53
Greg Basthemer Brookfield Bulldogs 51
Ben Versnik Brookfield Blue Sox 51.0
Nick Erd Lannon Stonemen 45.1