Capped by a win over defending state champion Menomonee Falls, the Brookfield Central baseball team wrapped up its regular season by winning three of its last four.
The Lancers did not qualify for last week's Greater Metro Conference tournament, which meant Brookfield Central played three games against other eliminated teams.
After finishing with just three wins in 18 regular-season conference games, Brookfield Central won three Greater Metro games over the span of three days before dropping its regular-season finale to Kettle Moraine to fall to 7-23.
West Allis Central
Michael Hauser and Joe DuBois combined on a one-hitter July 5 to help the Lancers to a 4-2 victory over West Allis Central.
After Justin Stollberg and M.J. Houdek had already driven in runs in the third, Adam Baade put Brookfield Central up 4-2 with a two-out, two-run single.
A pair of walks and wild pitches allowed West Allis Central to score twice to pull to within 4-2.
Hauser walked seven and struck out six over 62/3 innings before giving way to DuBois, who needed one pitch to record the final out of the game and earn the save.
Jonathan Osman went 3-for-3 for the Lancers.
West Allis Hale
Stollberg, who has been on a rehabilitation program since suffering an elbow injury in April, put forth his best start of the season July 6 in Brookfield Central's 6-1 win over West Allis Hale.
The senior left-hander allowed just two runners to reach base and struck out six over four innings. DuBois came on for the final three innings.
The Lancers took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI double by Houdek. Zach Heckman scored on a wild pitch in the fourth, while John Schneider added an RBI single in the sixth to make it 3-0.
After West Allis Hale pulled to within 3-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Central pulled away with three runs in the seventh on run-scoring hits from Hauser, Osman and Stollberg.
Brookfield Central picked up just its second win over a team with a winning record when it scored eight runs in the top of the sixth to rally for a 9-8 win over Menomonee Falls on July 7.
Trailing, 6-0, the Lancers got on the board in the fifth on an RBI double by Houdek.
Heckman started the eight-run sixth with a one-out single. Osman followed with a single, and Stollberg drew a walk to load the bases. A two-run single by Hauser and an RBI double by DuBois cut Falls' lead to 6-4.
Houdek then drove a 2-0 pitch out to left-center field for a three-run home run, giving Brookfield Central a 7-6 lead. Osman would later cap the inning with a two-run single to make it 9-6.
Falls didn't go quietly, as the Indians pulled to within 9-8 on a two-run triple by Zach Kornburger in the bottom of the sixth.
Schneider then replaced Baade, who had recovered from a tough start to last 52/3 innings. After walking a pair to load the bases, Schneider got Falls cleanup hitter Nick Gile to fly out to center to keep the Lancers in front.
DuBois took over on the mound for the seventh and walked Matt Emmer to start the inning. Emmer was quickly erased when DuBois got Jake Schmeling to bounce into a 5-4-3 double play. The senior right-hander then struck out Cole Mir looking to end the game.
Houdek finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Baade, Heckman, Hauser, Osman and DuBois all had two hits.
The Lancers' first winning streak of the season was snapped by a 7-5 loss to Kettle Moraine on July 9.
Kettle Moraine took advantage of shaky Brookfield Central defense to grab a 3-0 lead in the first inning. The Lasers added a run in the second and two more in the fourth to lead 6-0.
Trailing, 7-0, with the Lasers having the bases loaded and nobody out in the fifth, Michael Panos came on to get a force out at the plate and a 5-2-3 double play to keep the Lancers within striking distance.
Brookfield Central got on the board in the sixth on an RBI single by Michael Dragotta and a run-scoring fielder's choice hit into by Dominic Labellarte. The Lancers scored a run on an error and another on a ground out by DuBois to make it 7-4 in the seventh.
Houdek kept Brookfield Central's hopes alive with a two-out RBI single, but Dragotta flew out to center to end the game.