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Defending Champs Open with Win

By Nick Heiting, 05/15/19, 5:45PM CDT

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Falls pulls off Walk off Win

Saturday, May 11, 2019
Western Division 
Hartland 2 at West Bend 7 Up 7 Final
https://www.wiscbaseball.com/game/show/24570556

The defending champs, West Bend 7 Up, enter 2019 with same questions and hurdles as every defending champ faces, can they repeat and can they avoid a let down? If Saturday was any indication, West Bend 7 Up looks like it can be in the mix again in 2019.

7 Up jumped out to a quick thanks to the help of 2 former league MVP's. Defending MVP Matt Parrent got the start on the hill and got a quick 1-2-3, before 7 Up scored 2 runs in the bottom half of the inning due to a 2 RBI double by former MVP Billy Bynum. With the score 3-0, Hartland cut the lead to 3-2 to RBI singles by Kyle Petoskey and Casey Meinecke. 7 Up would answer right back scoring 3 times, highlighted by a RBI single by Brett Cramer. Matt Parrent would settle in after the tough 6th, and finished the game out for a complete game, giving up just the 2 runs with 10 strike outs.

West Bend got 3 hits from both Matt Parrent and Billy Bynum. Hartland got 3 hits from Kyle Petoskey.

Sunday, May 12. 2019
Oconomowoc 4 at Sussex 9 Final
https://www.wiscbaseball.com/game/show/24570543

The Sussex Cardinals 2019 season started a lot like season's past with a fast start and hand the ball to Travis Thompson and watch good things happen. The Cardinals turned the team over to Seth Kroenke in 2019, and his squad gave him his first career victory.

Nick Schreiber and Vic Perez both had 2 RBI hits in the bottom of the first to give long time ace Travis Thompson all the cushion he would need. Thompson would cruise through 8 innings giving up just 1 earned run and striking out 12. Oconomowoc would cut the lead to 6-4 after 4 thanks to bases clearing double by Jason Herzog. Sussex would chip out single runs in the 3 of last 4 innings to pull away.

Tanner Johnson would lead the way with 3 hits for the cardinals, while Schreiber and Perez had multiple hit games. Jason Herzog had 4 hits for Oconomowoc, while Dominick Meyer had 3 hits. Derek Nelson had a multiple hit game for Oconomowoc.

Pewaukee 2 at Monches 4 Final
https://www.wiscbaseball.com/game/show/24570546

A new era of Pewaukee Muskies baseball took the road for the first of many and travelled out to Monches to take on the godfather's of Lake Country baseball the Irish. What erupted was a baseball game and a good one at that.
Monches started ace Andy Smith versus Pewaukee's new ace Cam Godinsky and they would both spin gems.

Monches would strike first with a RBI single by TJ Roberts. Pewaukee would tie it on a RBI single by Tom Zimmerman in the 5th. With the score tied at 1-1 in the 6th, Brady Williams hit a 2 out 3 run home run. Pewaukee made things interesting after a RBI single by Clayton Schmitt in the 8th, but Andy Smith was able to wiggle out of trouble.

Monches got 3 hits from TJ Roberts, and a multiple hit game from James Heinritz. Andy Smith went the distance for Monches giving up just the 2 runs while striking out 7. Pewaukee got multiple hit games from Clayton Schmitt and Tom Zimmerman.

Brookfield Bulldogs 5 at Menomonee Falls 6 Final
https://www.wiscbaseball.com/game/show/24570554

Few teams have had the success of the Brookfield Bulldogs in the past decade. However in 2019 the Bulldogs do it without longtime manager Jason Booth, who retired to his lawn mower. Lakes Hall of Famer Jeff Mierow takes over the duties for the Bulldogs. The 2019 Menomonee Falls Lakers look a lot like a team that played in Lannon in 2018, as the two organizations merged following the 2018 season. Taking over managerial duties for Menomonee Falls is Adam Bigus, who managed Lannon in 2018, taking over for Nick Heiting, who retired to start handicapping Lakes games for that gambling nitch that follows Lakes baseball.

Brookfield scored in the opening frame off Falls starter Logan Roble. Menomonee Falls would take the 2-1 lead in their half of the first with a RBI double by Alex Kerschner. The Bulldogs would take the lead in the 3rd on a 2 RBI double by Randy Sobczyk. The score remained 3-2 until the 7th when Kris Franzen and Sobvzyk had RBI hits.

With the score 5-2, Menomonee Falls chipped away with 2 runs in the 8th with a Home run by Adam Bigus and RBI single by Kyle Zimmerman. In the 9th it was Bigus again, with the 2 run RBI double that gave Falls the come from behind victory 6-5.

Menomonee Falls got 3 hits from Adam Bigus, and multiple hit games from Aaron Simmons, Alex Kerschner, and Donald Meurer. Jim Ziegler got the win on the mound for the Falls going 2 scoreless innings striking out 3. Brookfield got multiple hit games from Kris Franzen, Randy Sobczyk, and Curt Pryal. Greg Basthemer went 5 strong innings for the Bulldogs.

Milwaukee 16 at West Bend Braves 0 Final/7
https://www.wiscbaseball.com/game/show/24570596

Milwaukee enters 2019 looking much different then it did in years past, but one constant is general manager Rob Tschmiperle and manager Doug Martin, who did omen's work transforming the roster. Back are longtime captain and all star Justin Barkhurst and ace Matt Burke. The Beavers didn't disappoint on opening day in West Bend.

The Beavers scored in every inning but the 1st, on way to a 16-0 lead. Matt Burke was solid in his first start of the year going 5 innings giving up just two hits to Riley McClarran, and striking out 10. The Beavers got 3 hits from Justin Barkhurst and Peter Nelson. They also got multiple hit games from Dominic Bumadianne and Jarrett Gates.

Southwest Division:
Genesee 7 at Waterford 0 Final
https://www.wiscbaseball.com/game/show/24767439

Genesee shook off the opening day loss to East Troy with a beautiful pitched victory in Waterford. Eric Solberg had the Waterford hitters off balance all day, in route to 7 innings of 2 hit ball while striking out 7.

The Rebels jumped out quick, scoring 3 runs out of the gate. Keith Koehn, Aj Gengler, and Lucas Bourassa all had RBI hits in the inning. In the 4th, Ethan Fleigle hit a solo homer to make it 4-0 after 4. Genesee would put the game away in the 5th with a RBI sacrifice fly by TJ Pfaffle and a 2 RBI single by Keith Krohn.

Genesee got 4 hits from Alex Kermendy, and multiple hit games from Matt Bauer, Ethan Fleigle, Keith Krohn, TJ Pfaffle, Lucas Bourassa, and AJ Gengler. Jacob Lueneburg reached 3 times for Waterford.

Dousman 19 at Merton 4 Final/7

Helenville 0 at Rome 10 Final