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Pitching woes stymie Warriors PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:02

Late mound struggles leave Ozaukee baseball with few options in 12-2 road loss to Pewaukee

The Ozaukee Warriors’ baseball game last Saturday could be called “A Farewell to Arms.”

After playing host Pewaukee on near-even terms for four innings, the Warriors fell victim to pitching woes and were handed a 12-2 nonconference loss.

Pewaukee turned a 3-2 lead into a lopsided win on the mercy rule by scoring nine runs in the fifth.

“We just ran out of pitching,” Ozaukee coach Bob Kiefer said. “If we have four games in a week, and one of them is a nonconference, we have to use some of our young kids on the mound.”

Starting pitcher Jeremy Wichmann helped keep the Warriors in contention for the first four innings. However, relievers Joe Schauer and Mitch McConnell struggled in the fifth, when Pewaukee drew six walks.

The Pirates outhit Ozaukee, 6-5, led by 2-for-3 efforts from Trent Borgardt and Jordan Hass.

The Warriors’ top hitter was senior Devon Linzenmeyer, who was 2-for-2.

The loss dropped Ozaukee’s overall  record to 6-8 but wasn’t a major blow, according to Kiefer.

“Our focus has always been on conference games. This kind of game just gives our young kids a chance to play,” he said.

Ozaukee 4, Cedar Grove-Belgium 1

The Warriors made the most of limited scoring chances in a Central Lakeshore Conference home win last Friday.

Germantown boom too much for Black Hawks PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 June 2012 15:00

Until last weekend, it had been more than a month since the Grafton Black Hawks found themselves overpowered in a baseball game.

The streak ended Friday when Germantown pounded out 13 hits, including two homers, for a 9-1 win in North Shore Conference play.

Grafton, which hadn’t lost a game by more than two runs since an 11-0 setback at Whitefish Bay on May 31, grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning against first-place Germantown.

However, the host team responded with three runs in its half of the first and stretched the margin to 7-1 in the fourth. The four-run inning included a two-run homer by Louis Tuszynski and a solo shot by Denny Krause.

The Black Hawks’ run scored on a RBI single by Kevin Scholz, whose two-out hit followed back-to-back singles by Al Nennig and Beau Benzschawel.

Ryan Anderson pitched the first five innings for the win, and reliever Tom Andrus worked the final two frames. They combined to hold the Black Hawks to six hits.

“Germantown seems to have gotten it all together — hitting, pitching and defense,” Grafton coach Brian Durst said.

Germantown improved to 8-2 in NSC play and 12-7 overall. Grafton fell to 5-7 in the conference and 8-9 overall.

Hawks’ comeback stuns Bulldogs

Hawks’ title dream meets tough end PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 21:24

Momentum not enough to carry Grafton past physical Madison West

Coming off a resounding win the previous night, the Grafton Black Hawks appeared ready to soar again in the WIAA state girls’ tournament at Uihlein Soccer Park last Friday.

A spoiler named Madison West had other ideas.

Dodging a flurry of Grafton shots in the closing minutes, West hung on for a 1-0 win in a Division 1 semifinal game that could have easily gone the other way.

Although the Hawks generated more offensive chances, they couldn’t overcome a defensive miscue early in the second half.

In the 43rd minute, West midfielder Emma Guilfoil controlled a loose ball near the left side of the Grafton box and launched a shot to the far post. The ball eluded the leap of keeper Alissa Viste and found the net.

The score came on West’s only shot on goal in the game and was just enough to hand the Hawks a tearful season finale.

“It was just one of those things. We failed to clear a ball, and they got a well-placed shot,” Grafton coach Don Arnold said.

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