With more than two-thirds of the season gone, Whitefish Bay baseball coach Jay Wojcinski is still trying to figure his team out.
Is it the team that gave powerful North Shore Conference leader West Bend West its only league loss on June 1 or is it the team that inexplicably lost to one-league victory Port Washington on June 23.
Is it the squad that smacked the ball around for 25 runs in a pair of nonconference wins over Pius XI and Brookfield East on June 25, or is it the unit that has scored only two runs combined in pair of North Shore losses to Germantown?
Wojcinski sure wishes this senior-dominated squad would make up its mind soon, even as the Blue Dukes come out of a week where they went 4-1.
'The Port game was completely unexpected,' Wojcinski said, 'because we had beaten Homestead and Cedarburg (both North Shore contenders) and played great each day, and then we turn around against Port, and I'm not even sure who these guys are.
'I'm just not sure what these guys are going to do day to day.'
Following the Germantown loss on June 27, the Blue Dukes were 8-7 in North Shore play and 15-8 overall.
They took on Nicolet on June 28, will visit Grafton on Thursday, June 30, will visit powerful Greater Metro Conference leader Oak Creek in a nonconference game Friday, July 1, and then host Wauwatosa West at noon Saturday, July 2, in a nonconference tilt.
'We just need to figure out a few things,' Wojcinski said. 'Consistency is the problem.'
The wins over Pius XI and Brookfield East were part of a round-robin event down on UW-Whitewater's fine turf field. The field has been compared to the Blue Dukes' excellent Cahill Park/Counsell Field facility.
Not a lot of game detail was available from either tilt, but Wojcinski said the Blue Dukes hit the ball well in both contests, particularly Cade Garcia and Andrew James. He brought up talented freshman Owen Jonas for the day, and the DH responded with three hits and four RBIs.
Wojcinski felt the defense did well this day and that Will Alt did a great job in relief in both contests, throwing a combined four shutout innings.
Other summaries from last week included the following.
Port Washington 4, Bay 1: The Pirates stunned the Blue Dukes for four runs in the first and then rode the strong arm of Kayle Knaub (eight strikeouts and three walks) to the win. Bay scratched out only one run in the third and had just five hits all told against Knaub. Liam Kahn threw five strong innings of shutout relief (four strikeouts and only one walk).
Bay 8, Homestead 4: The Blue Dukes took a 3-1 lead in the first against their rivals on July 21 and then held on for the victory despite five errors. Jake Rybakowicz got pinged around for 11 hits but held on for the win with three strikeouts. Eight different Bay batters got hits, including Chris Siebert and Garcia (two runs), who had two each. Bay scored twice in the top of the seventh and then withstood a three-run Highlander rally in the bottom of the frame.
Bay 5, Cedarburg 3: Kahn continued to be the model of consistency for the Blue Dukes, scattering eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks for the victory on June 20. Bay took the lead for good with two runs each in the third and fourth as James had two doubles with three RBIs, while Carson Kimple and Teddy Weber also knocked in runs.