Brookfield Central's baseball team came close to snapping its losing streak multiple times in the past week, but the Lancers couldn't quite find a way to win.
After being blown out by Oak Creek on May 13, Central dropped six games by three runs or less, including three one-run losses.
The Lancers have now lost seven straight and 13 of their last 14 to sit at 2-16 overall and 1-11 in the Greater Metro.
The week got off to a bad start for the Lancers, as they dropped a 13-2 decision to Oak Creek at Central.
The Lancers managed two hits — singles by MJ Houdek and John Schneider — off winning pitcher Tyler Bujanowski, who walked three and fanned six hitters.
Oak Creek led, 3-2, through three innings, but then exploded for seven runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to put the game away.
At Wauwatosa East
The Lancers lost a doubleheader June 14 to the Red Raiders by the same 4-3 score.
The first game was picked up after being suspended, 3-3, earlier this spring. Tosa East jumped on the Lancers right away and scored in the top of the ninth. BC had no answer and went down, 4-3.
Tosa East's Jeff Mason led the attack with a sharp single to left. After a Sean Murphy single, Blake Kratzer's infield single put the Raiders out in front. On the mound, Issac Martin pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the victory.
Michael Hauser, Dillon Sehmer and Joe Dubois had multiple hit games in the loss.
In the regularly scheduled game that followed, it looked like the Lancers would bounce back.
Adam Baade singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Hauser in the third for a 1-0 lead. But East tied it in the bottom of the inning and took the lead, 2-1, in the fifth.
Houdek doubled, Sehmer was safe on the pitcher's error, and Schneider tripled in both runners for a 3-2 lead.
However, Tosa East came from behind with a run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game on a ground out and then win it with an RBI single by Spencer Michaelis in the bottom of the eighth to once again send BC home with a loss.
At the plate, the Raider bats stayed on the attack all game long. After Sean Denny scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, a Spencer Michaelis single brought home the winning run in the eighth.
The Raiders played errorless baseball, and an excellent throw from leftfielder Aaron Plaisted helped to end the Lancer rally in the sixth.
On the mound, Mason went six solid innings, allowing three runs, while striking out four. Martin, pitched the final two innings to pick up his second win of the day.
For the Lancers, MJ Houdek had two hits, including a double, and Schneider drove in two with a clutch triple to right center to give the Lancers the lead in the sixth. Hauser battled on the mound and gave BC six quality innings.
The Lancers fell twice to Sussex Hamilton on June 17, including the continuation of a game that began May 31 at Central.
In the continuation game, the Chargers plated three runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull out a 6-3 win. Hamilton then scored eight runs in the middle innings of the regularly scheduled game to send Central to a 9-6 loss.
The game went extra innings thanks to a two-out, two-run double by Jonathan Osman in the sixth. Central had two on with nobody out in the eighth but couldn't plate the go-ahead run
After Justin Stollberg allowed a walk and a single to start the ninth, Sam Bjorkland doubled in a run to put Hamilton up, 4-3. The Charges added two more in the frame on a groundout by Evan Laskowski and a two-out RBI single by Drake Schreihart.
Hamilton scored three in the third and two in the fourth to take a 6-2 advantage in the second game. A two-run home run by Schneider in the fifth cut the deficit to 6-4, but the Chargers plated three runs in the bottom of the inning to pull ahead by five.
A two-run single by Cameron Below made it a 9-6 game in the sixth. Central loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, but a strikeout ended the threat.
Dubois took the loss in the second game, allowing five earned runs on seven hits over 31/3innings. Schneider finished 3-for-4 and Baade was 2-for-3.
New Berlin Eisenhower
Central closed its tough week with a 3-2 nonconference loss to New Berlin Eisenhower.
The Lancers scored two in the first and held a 2-1 lead through five innings before allowing a pair of runs in the sixth. Mitchell Jones had two hits and an RBI, while Zach Heckman pitched a complete game.
Central is scheduled to play 5:30 p.m. games against West Allis Hale on June 20, against Marquette at MATC South on June 21 and against Franklin on June 23. The Lancers will close out their week at New Berlin West at 5 p.m. June 24.