Milwaukee Beavers 6 at Menomonee Falls Lakers 3
Heading into 2018 is much the same as it was in 2017 for the Milwaukee Beavers. Picked to win the Suburban Division by the league's managers, expectations are high for the Beavers. The Menomonee Falls Lakers were looking to capitalize on the opening week victory in Hartland for their home opener.
The Beavers got off to a great start immediately, as Brandon Mantz singled and Sam Mattheis tripled Mantz home to give the Beavers a quick 1-0 lead. The same duo made the score 2-0 after a Mattheis sacrifice fly to center scored Mantz.
The Falls gut the lead in half in the 4th when back to back singles by Nick Heiting and Tyler Fitzsimmons led off the inning. With 2 outs and runners at 1st and 2nd, Tommy Howard singled to score Heiting and make the score 2-1.
The score remained 2-1 into the 7th, when Milwaukee scratched one across after Peter Nelson scored on a 1 out RBI single by Mantz to make the score 3-1. Milwaukee would put the game away in the 8th, as the Beavers scored 3 times to take a 6-1 lead. Newcomer Matt Lenski doubled to lead off the 8th, after Doug Martin reached, Connor Vredeveld doubled to score both Lenski and Martin. Jarrett Gates would immediately follow with a RBI single to score Vredeveld.
The Falls would not go down without a fight scoring 2 times with 2 outs in their half of the 8th. Alex Sutherland's 2 out 2 run single would make the score 6-3. That would also be the final.
Connor Vredeveld would lead the Milwaukee offense with 3 hits, while Jarrett Gates and Brandon Mantz would have multiple hit games. Matt Burke went strong innings for the Beavers. Nick Heiting led the Menomonee Falls offense with a multiple hit game. Don August went 7 strong innings for the Falls.
New Berlin Lakers 5 at Monches Irish 10
After opening weekend losses, both the New Berlin Lakers and Monches Irish were both looking to change their fortunes and avoid 0-2 starts. Since 2010 teams starting 0-2 have made the playoffs just 3 times. So urgency was in the air in Monches as both teams with playoff aspirations meet to get back on track early in the season.
New Berlin got off to a good start in the top of the 1st, when Nick Pager score on a 2 out RBI single by Nate Egofske. Monches answered back with a quick burst in the bottom half of inning number 1 scoring 4 times as the first 4 batters all reached base safely. Mitch Dubnicka 2 RBI single to center scored Brady Williams and Benny Serres. 2 batters later, James Heinritz singled to score Dubnicka and Tj Roberts to make the score 4-0.
Monches went up 7-1 after 2 innings after scoring 3 more times in the 2nd. Andrew Tucci scored on a Serres RBI fielder's choice, then Tj Roberts 2 RBI single scored WIlliams and Serres. New Berlin scratched one across in the 3rd after a leadoff double by Wes Stasik and passed ball got Stasik to 3rd. Stasik would score on a RBI ground out to 1st base by Nick Pager.
Monches would scratch one across in the 4th when Brady Williams led the inning off with a double and coming around to score on a RBI sacrifice fly by Roberts. to make it 8-2.
New Berlin would slowly chip away scoring single runs in the 6th, 7th, and 8th to cut it to 8-5. RBI singles by Adam Vlaj, Nolan Heck, and Bryan Thiesenhusen led the way. But in the bottom of the 8th, Monches would put the game away scoring twice more to make it 10-5.
Monches got a 3 hit game from Benny Serres and multiple hit games from James Heinritz, Buck Konkel, and Brady Williams. Joe Huss led New Berlin with 3 hits, while Bryan Thiesenhusen and Wes Stasik had multiple hit games.
Sussex Cardinals 14 at Hartland Oilers 1
For both John McNeil and Cory Gasper the goal is try to get closer to their respective college players returning. For Cory Gasper, he has the luxury of falling back on one of the more talent group of veteran player pools in the league.
Sussex put the game out of hand immediately in the top of the 1st scoring 7 times all with 2 outs. The killer for Hartland was giving up those 7 runs on just 4 hits. RBI singles by Brandon Krennrich, Tim Saskowski, and Trevor Wesline were the big blows in the 1st. After scoring a run in the 2nd on a Saskowski double, Sussex would score 3 more times in the 4th. RBI singles by Scott Carberry, Saskowski, and Jared Wesline would make the score 11-0. Sussex would make the score 14-0 after their half of the 5th.
Hartland would score their lone run in the bottom of the 5th when a Jake Zbichorski RBI single would score Craig Henschel.
Tim Saskowski led the way offensively for Sussex with 4 hits. Aaron Trattner, Trevor Wesline, Seth Kroenke, and Scott Carberry all had multiple hit games for the Cardinals. Hartland got multiple hit games from Kurtis Chapman, Zak Felkner, Joe Lipsky, and Jake Zybichowski.
West Allis Nighthawks 19 at West Bend Braves 3
The West Allis Nighthawks 2017 ended much better then it started. The first 6 weeks of their move to the Western Division was a disaster, but in the second half of 2017 the Nighthawks were playing some of the best baseball of any team in the league. So when Alex Tomter, the West Allis manager, says that their goal is to start off better in 2018, it might be the understatement of the year. For the West Bend Braves it is just mere survival and little improvements to help get them towards the day their college players return to the team.
West Allis started just like they wanted scoring 4 runs in the 2nd, thanks to RBI singles by Joe Kooping, Carson Manning, Ryan Welch, and Ryan Treichel. That would be all West Allis would need as Alex Tomter and Jon Mann held Braves bats to just 1 earned run and just 5 hits.
West Allis would get 4 more runs in the 3rd thanks to a Jordan Rennicke 2 RBI single and a Tyler Carle RBI single. The Nighthawks would add 3 more in the 5th, and 7 more in the 6th, highlighted by a Jason Brooks home run.
The Braves would score 2 runs in the 3rd on a RBI single by Ryan Westenberger and 1 run in the 4th.
West Allis would get 4 hits from Jordan Rennicke, 3 hits from Ryan Treichel, and multiple hit games from Carson Manning, Ryan Welch, and Tyler Carle. West Bend would get multiple hits from Nate Block.
West Bend 7 Up 1 at Lannon Stonemen 6
Things are always interesting when you have teams playing their first game versus teams that have a game in. Lannon was looking to go an impressive 2-0 against both West Bend teams, while the 7 Up are looking to shake off the offseason rust against one of the best teams in the league. Lannon was definitely the more sharp team on this day.
7 Up came out of the gates tough as the first two batters reached base. But after a spectacular double play, Billy Bynum lined a 2 out RBI single to give 7 Up the 1-0 lead. Lannon scored twice in the 3rd to take the lead for good, as RBI singles from Dean Haase and Kyle Zimmerman gave Lannon the 2-1 lead.
Lannon scored a single run in the 4th to go up 3-1, but the real momentum ender was thanks to a long berm clearing 2 run home run by Dean Haase to give Lannon the 5-1 lead. Lannon tacked on one more in the 6th as again, Dean Haase singled home Nick Erd to give Lannon the final tally of 6-1.
West Bend had their chances but Sawyer Johnson worked around everything giving up just the 1 run in 7 innings before handing it over Chad Tindall for the final 2 innings. Lannon got 3 hits from Dean Haase, and a multiple hit game from Joey Bratten. West Bend 7 Up got multiple hit games from Billy Bynum.