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Hawks hit the diamond running PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:48

Solid all-around play, no-hitter highlight Grafton’s 4-0 start to baseball season

Grafton High School baseball coach Brian Durst probably couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to the season after what happened last week.

Combining timely hitting with solid pitching and defense, the Black Hawks opened play with four wins in as many nonconference games, including a 10-2, 13-1 sweep of West Allis Central in a home doubleheader Saturday.

The previous day, Grafton blanked Howards Grove behind a no-hitter by sophomore Bryce Fisk.

“We’re putting up a lot of runs, but have gotten excellent pitching and also really, really steady defense,” Durst said.

“We did a really good job up and down the lineup.”

In Saturday’s opener, Grafton broke open a scoreless deadlock with a seven-run fourth inning. After Central got two runs in the fifth, the Hawks answered with a three-run outburst in their half of the same frame.

Nathan Koehler pitched the first four innings for the win. He struck out six and walked two.

The Hawks’ offensive leaders were Beau Benzschawel, Brett Rasmussen and Adam Cibulka with two hits apiece. Benzschawel and Cibulka each drove in two runs.

Great start, shaky finish PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:46

After solid performance in season-opening victory, Port ends first baseball week with three ragged defeats

After opening the season with a solid road win May 23, the Port Washington High School baseball team ran into a learning curve and lost their next three games last weekend.

Most recently, the Pirates had a tough time on a long road trip, dropping both ends of an error-filled doubleheader against Pewaukee at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. After losing the opener, 7-2, Port fell, 17-6.

“It was a lot of fun getting to play in the Metrodome, but we didn’t play sharp baseball,” Pirates coach Nicholas Wycklendt said.

“We had way too many errors and walks. We learned about what we have to work on to become a better team.”

In the first game, Port trailed by only 3-1 after three innings but gave up four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Although both teams had five hits, the Pirates committed six errors, including four in the fourth. Only one Pewaukee run in the game was earned.

Grafton surges into playoffs with soccer shutout win streak PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 15:45

There’s nothing like going into the playoffs on a roll. Just ask the Grafton girls’ soccer team.

After losing to top-ranked Cedarburg, 3-1, on May 13, the Black Hawks have bounced back by wrapping up the regular season with four consecutive shutout wins, including a 4-0 victory at University School last Friday.

“We definitely are playing some very good soccer right now,” said Grafton coach Don Arnold, whose team improved its overall record to 9-4-1 entering WIAA Division 2 tournament play this week.

“We’ve been really steady on defense and are moving the ball on offense and creating a lot of scoring opportunities.”

In Friday’s nonconference match, the Hawks handled a quick, aggressive foe by scoring twice in each half.

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