Brookfield East could only muster three hits and scored four runs in one inning, but the Brookfield Central pitchers' wildness cost the Lancers a 4-3 decision on May 24 at East in a Greater Metro Conference game.
'We had great plate discipline at the plate,' East coach Nicholas Wycklendt said. 'We drew seven walks as a team and took advantage of some defensive lapses by Brook Central, scoring all four runs in the third inning.'
With two outs in the third inning, the next six batters reached base, and East took advantage of multiple wild pitches, as all four runs scored on wild pitches. Leading 4-0, the Spartans saw Central score a run in the fifth and two in the sixth, but reliever T.C. Swittel held them off and earned the save.
BC's Jonathan Osman was hit by a pitch, and he scored with two outs in the fifth on Michael Hauser's double to get the Lancers on the board.
Then in the sixth inning, Central added two more runs. Dillon Sehmer was hit by a pitch, Dominic Labellarte singled and Cameron Below was safe on an error by the third baseman. Swittel then fanned Osman, and Michael Dragotta hit into a 6-4 fielder's choice, retiring Below, scoring Sehmer and moving Labellarte to third.
Dragotta stole second, and Labellarte scored on the catcher's error, but Swittel got Jacob Sandy to fly to right field to end the inning. Central had a final chance in the seventh when Joe Dubois was hit by a pitch and stole second, but Swittel retired Shermer on a grounder back to the mound to end the game.
'I pulled the kids to the side before they went out for the last three outs and told them all their hard work this off-season were for moments like this,' Wycklendt said. 'For the past couple of years, we had been on the wrong side of one run games, and finally it was our turn to be able to finish a game and beat our rivals and start 2-0 in conference.'
Jake Smith pitched a gem, going five innings, allowing six hits and giving up only one run, while striking out four and giving up three walks. T.C. Swittel earned the save, pitching the final two innings and allowing only one hit.
Dubois struggled with 6 walks in 22/3 innings. Sandy pitched 3.1 shutout innings in relief.
'Sandy came into the game in a tough situation, and despite getting his first innings of the year, performed with poise and confidence,' Central coach Jeff Bigler said. 'Losing him for two weeks (mononucleosis) is just another setback for our pitching staff, which is depleted as it is.
'This is by far the most limited pitching staff I have ever had at Brookfield Central. No one is going to feel sorry for us; we just need to keep competing and getting better.'