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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:51

Second shutout loss of season leaves Grafton baseball team searching for answers to Whitefish Bay left-handers

Southpaws have taken over the top spot on the Grafton Black Hawks’ pet peeves list.

Make that, Whitefish Bay southpaws.

After being blanked, 7-0, on a one-hitter by Bay’s Nick Lackney on May 30, Grafton managed three hits in a rematch June 19 but were handed a 4-0 home loss by the Blue Dukes’ Joe Kaszubowski.

“Their two left-handed pitchers are outstanding,” Hawks coach Brian Durst said.

“We’re a good offensive team, but in two games, we’ve only gotten four hits off them. It’s been frustrating.”

Grafton started the rematch having won eight of its previous nine games, a stretch in which it averaged nine runs per contest. However, Kaszubowski and wasted scoring chances handcuffed the Hawks.

The game was scoreless through four innings, in part because Grafton couldn’t get a timely hit.

In the first, Choo Weisflog singled and Nate Lukas walked, but Kaszubowski retired Adam Lukas on a fly ball to deep center field.

In the fourth, Bryan Sternig singled and stole second base but was left stranded.

After Bay took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on an RBI hit by Cal Gavic, Grafton got a runner to second base in the bottom of the inning, but Kaszubowski escaped again.

The Hawks’ only other hit was a single by Lukas in the seventh.

In the sixth, Bay got a two-run homer from pinch hitter Kyle Rogers. Turner Demuth singled in the final run in the seventh.

“It was a really well-played game,”  said Durst, who noted that neither team committed an error.

He also singled out Nate Koehler for pitching a complete game in a losing effort. The junior allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked five.

 
Brockman’s star shines brightly PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:30

Senior shortstop caps Port career by earning All-North Shore first-team award

As a four-year starter at shortstop, Kelsey Brockman was accustomed to occupying a focal point on the softball field.

This spring, the Port Washington senior also found herself at the center of attention in All-North Shore Conference accolades.


Singled out for her offensive and defensive work, Brockman received All-NSC first-team honors as an infielder. She was the only local player named to the top squad in the vote of coaches.


“Kelsey is one of the top shortstops we’ve had here,” Port coach Steve Schmidt said.


“We put here in there as a freshman, and she’s just continued to get better and better.”


In her final season as a Pirate, Brockman was the best all-around player on a team that went 4-10 in the conference. She batted .409 in NSC games, drove in a team-high 19 runs and had four doubles and two triples.


She scored 11 runs, drew six walks and stole seven bases.


As Port’s top defender, Brockman had a .900 fielding average with 27 putouts and 28 assists.


Four local players — Grafton pitcher Emmy Kabitzke, infielder Katie Hunt and outfielder Kate Lennon and Port utility player Maggie Schmit — were named to the all-conference second team.


Kabitzke, a senior, was the top pitcher for the Black Hawks, whose 11-3 league record trailed only champion Germantown (13-1).


Kabitzke had a 5-3 record with a 3.00 earned-run average and four saves. In 39-2/3 innings, she struck out 34.


 
Grafton runs keep coming in lopsided victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Wednesday, 25 June 2014 12:28

It didn’t take long for the Grafton baseball team to turn a North Shore Conference game into a laugher Monday.

Erupting for 14 runs in the second inning, the host Black Hawks cruised past Nicolet, 18-3.

Grafton trailed, 2-0, in the first inning before unloading an offensive barrage that included 17 hits.

The game was called in the fifth inning on the 10-run mercy rule.

Bryan Sternig and Jared Kettenhoven each went 4-for-4 to lead the Hawks. Sternig had three doubles and drove in five runs, and Kettenhoven had a double and three RBI.

Bryce Fisk and Will Birch added three hits apiece.

Nate Koehler pitched three innings for the win, which improved Grafton to 6-4 in NSC play and 11-4 overall.

Nicolet fell to 0-11 in the league and 2-15 overall.

In a Central Lakeshore Conference game Monday, Ozaukee rallied to edge Cedar Grove-Belgium, 2-1.

 
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