As the seventh seed in the Greater Metro Conference tournament, the Brookfield East baseball team would have needed to upset a few of the top-ranked teams in the state last week in order to claim the league crown.
The Spartans put a scare into second-seeded Marquette in the quarterfinals by rallying to tie the game in the top of the seventh. However, the Hilltoppers answered back with the winning run in the bottom of the inning to advance to the semifinals.
Brookfield East dropped games to Menomonee Falls and West Bend West later in the week to conclude the regular season at 13-16.
Trailing, 2-0, heading into the seventh, Brookfield East scored twice against Marquette starter Jim Jarecki to even the score.
Senior T.C. Swittel held Marquette down for four innings until the Hilltoppers broke through for two runs in the fifth. The right-hander allowed five hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six-plus innings of work.
Having barely mustered much of anything against Jarecki through six innings, the Spartans didn't go quietly, as Quinn Hyndiuk and Zach Breider drove in runs in the seventh to extend the game.
By losing to Marquette in the quarterfinals, Brookfield East fell into the consolation bracket against Menomonee Falls. The third-seeded Indians were upset by sixth-seed Wauwatosa East in the quarterfinals.
Danny Butler and Ryan Piontek engaged in a pitcher's duel until Menomonee Falls scored five times in the fifth to take a 6-1 lead.
Swittel led the Brookfield East offensive attack by going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Avery Barnes chipped in two hits.
West Bend West
Brookfield East closed the regular season July 9 with a 6-2 loss to West Bend West, the top-ranked team in the state.
It was West Bend West's 21st consecutive win, which is a new school record.
Jake Smith took the loss, allowing eight hits and striking out two over six innings. Brookfield East was held to three hits by West Bend West pitchers Eric Hanschke and Logan Rupnow.
Brookfield East received the eighth seed in the Brookfield Central sectional and were scheduled to host ninth-seeded Kettle Moraine in a WIAA regional semifinal on July 12. The winner of the game between the Spartans and the Lasers will play top seed Marquette in a regional final at MATC South at 5:30 p.m. July 15.