WHITEFISH BAY BASEBALL
The bats weren't exactly on fire for the Blue Dukes last week as they closed out the regular season with a 1-2 mark.
They defeated Whitnall, 2-1, in a nonconference contest on July 9, after falling to New Berlin Eisenhower, 7-1, on July 8 and to West Bend East, 3-0, in the North Shore Conference closer on July 5.
They finished the regular season at 19-11 overall and 10-8 in league play, good for fifth place. West Bend West ran away with the league title at 17-1, while Homestead, Cedarburg and Grafton all tied for second at 11-7.
Bay earned the fourth seed in the WIAA Germantown sectional and hosted Brown Deer in a regional semifinal on July 12. If they win that game, they will host a regional final back at Cahill Park on Friday, July 15, against the winner of Cedarburg and Shorewood.
The regional champion will advance to sectional play at Germantown's Ritzenthaler Dream Field on Monday, July 18. They would play in a 10:30 a.m. semifinal game, likely against West Bend West (24-4). The sectional final is slated for 4:30 p.m. that day with the sectional champion heading to the WIAA state tournament at Kapco Park in Mequon on July 22.
Last season, the Blue Dukes lost a 4-3 heartbreaker to eventual state champion Menomonee Falls in the regional final. Falls is the two seed in the Germantown sectional.
No details were available from the home game against Whitnall.
Against Eisenhower, Bay closed the gap to 2-1 in the top of the fourth, but then the Lions scored five times in the bottom of the fourth to break open the game. Jake Fisherand Cade Garciahad two hits apiece for the Blue Dukes. Four pitchers took turns in the contest as Will Alt took the loss after three-plus innings of work.
Against East, the Blue Dukes were hamstrung by Suns pitcher Dillen Rondorf, who scattered just three hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
Liam Kahndid not pitch badly for Bay, scattering nine hits with six strikeouts and one walk. He gave up only one earned run as the Blue Dukes committed two errors.
BROWN DEER BASEBALL
The Falcons were competitive in the final week of the regular season but could not come away with another win as they fell 7-6 to nonconference opponent Random Lake on July 9, 11-1 to nonconference foe Grafton on July 8 and 4-3 to Woodland Conference rival Greenfield on July 5.
The three defeats left the Falcons at 1-10 in Woodland Conference East Division play and 3-22 overall.
They claimed the 13th seed in the WIAA Germantown sectional and took on Whitefish Bay in a regional semifinal July 12. If they won that game, they advanced to a regional final Friday, July 15, against the winner of Cedarburg and Shorewood.
The sectional is Monday, July 18, at Germantown.
No details were available from the Random Lake game, which was played on the road.
Against Grafton, a five-run Black Hawk first did the track as freshman Andrew Javorskitook the loss. Anthony Gonzalez had two hits, while Caleb Stampaknocked in the Falcons' only run.
Against Greenfield, Brown Deer fell behind, 4-0, after three innings but rallied with two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth before falling just short.
Mike Weedentook the loss, throwing four-plus innings with five strikeouts and six walks. He got closing help from Jordan Ruhland. Shawn Salemknocked in two runs, while Evan Aweand Weeden had two hits apiece.
It was a frustrating closing week for the Greyhounds, as they dropped a 6-5 decision to eventual Woodland Conference tourney runner-up Greendale on July 5 and a 3-2 effort to league opponent Whitnall on July 7 in another Woodland tourney effort.
They finished out the regular season with another close defeat, 7-5, to West Bend East on July 8.
The three defeats left the Greyhounds at 5-20 overall and 3-9 in Woodland East Division play.
They earned the 12th seed in the WIAA Germantown bracket and took on fifth-seeded Cedarburg in a regional semifinal on July 12. If they won that game, they would take on the winner of Brown Deer and Whitefish Bay in a regional final Friday, July 15.
The sectional is Monday, July 18, at Germantown's Ritzenthaler Dream Field.
In the loss to East, Shorewood tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the sixth only to have the Suns score four times in the bottom of the frame to sneak away with the win.
Four different pitchers threw for the Greyhounds, including Alec Medrek, who tossed four innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Simon Bjornstadhad two hits with three runs scored, while Aaron Eimersand Ben Grabowskihad two hits each.
Against Whitnall, the Greyhounds outhit the Falcons, 10-4, but couldn't get enough big hits when needed. Benji Bussenthrew solidly, scattering four hits with one walk and one strikeout. Shorewood trailed, 3-1, going into the seventh and pushed one run across but couldn't get the tying run home.
In the loss to Greendale, the Greyhounds were on the verge of pulling the upset with a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh before the Panthers (21-8) scored twice to earn the win. Bjornstad took the loss with four strikeouts and four walks, while Bussen had two hits and scored two runs.
Matt Gresham, Robbie Morway, Adam Morris and Joey Hobbsof Homestead High School and Teddy Weber, Matthew Comiskey, Patrick Sicula and Gus Gunrauof Whitefish Bay High School all earned Academic All-State honors for the recently completed boys' golf season.
Students are nominated by the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin member coaches if they meet the following criteria: a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25; participation in at least 75 percent of their team's varsity matches; and are at least a sophomore in high school.
The GCAW was proud to announce a record 383 boys from 122 high schools earned academic all-state honors this season and that the cumulative GPA is an exceptional 3.725.