After beginning the week with an exciting victory over Sussex Hamilton, the Brookfield East baseball team dropped two competitive games and had one blowout.
Coming into this week, the Spartans are 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Greater Metro Conference, seventh out of 10 teams. Coach Nicholas Wycklendt's team has dropped six of seven games.
'Even though we only won one game this past week, I was happy with how our bats started to come alive,' Wycklendt said. 'I think we are a very competitive team, and it's still early in the year where we can make adjustments defensively, and some of those close losses will definitely be wins for us. This is a great team, and they play together. This team is bound for great things with a few small tweaks with how we approach a seven-inning baseball game.'
The Spartans opened the week with a thrilling, 6-5 win over the Chargers at Brookfield East.
Hamilton jumped on Jake Smith for three runs in the first inning, but then he only allowed two runs the rest of the way — one in the third and one in the fourth inning to get the win.
Smith pitched seven innings, scattering nine hits, walking four and fanning three.
'Jake Smith was phenomenal,' coach Nicholas Wycklendt said. 'He settled in after a rough first inning where Hamilton scored three runs. He was a leader that game on the mound; a very tough senior. He didn't want to be beat and started to command the zone and pitched an excellent game.'
Alex Werchowski went 2-for-3 to lead the hitting attack.
'Alex continued his hot hitting, and Travis Styer also drove in two runs for us,' Wycklendt said. 'This was a game where we battled from start to finish and hung with one of the best teams in the area. We did a great job, and this was a nice team win.'
at West Allis Hale
Brookfield East then lost a 4-3 thriller when the Huskies scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Losing pitched Danny Butler had one bad inning cost him a victory. He worked 61/3 innings, only walking one and striking out two batters. On the hitting side, Tyler Styer went 3-for-4 and Qunn Hyndiuk went 2-for-4 as East outhit Hale, 9-8.
'Danny took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, and then we became very sloppy, and a decent Hale team took advantage and snuck away with the win,' Wycklendt said.
The MUHS pitching duo of Jack Shemanski (five IP) and Jack Dwyer (two IP) held the Spartans to four hits and came away with a 7-0 victory at Brookfield East.
The Spartans dropped a 10-7 decision at Franklin on June 10 to end the week with three straight losses.
East actually led, 2-1, when Franklin scored a run in the third and five more in the fourth for a 6-2 lead. But the Spartans battled back, scoring four runs in the fifth to tie the game at 6-6. East scored a run to go ahead 7-6, but then the Sabers exploded for four runs in the bottom of the inning and the 10-7 victory.
'Another good game played by us for the most part,' Wycklendt said. 'We hung in there against the state runner up and a very good pitcher.'