Brookfield Central got some great pitching and timely hitting and went 3-0 in Greater Metro Conference games, extending their winning streak to five games and moving into a tie for first place in league play.
Coach Jeff Bigler talked about the schedule before the week began.
"We had some detailed discussions about how important this past week was and what it meant in regards to achieving our goals," he said. "I can't remember another year that we came away with road wins at Franklin and at Oak Creek. We knew we needed the win over Oak Creek just to make sure that we controlled our own destiny without needing help to win the league. Then not to let down and finish off a convincing win against Menomonee Falls at home."
The Lancers opened the week June 9 with a 6-4 victory at Franklin (4-4, 5-9), as they rallied in the final two innings for the victory.
Central scored once and the Sabers three times in the first inning and that was the way the score stood until the top of the sixth.
Singles by Riley Richarz, Matt Ausloos and then an RBI single by Elijah Goodman cut the lead to 3-2. Luke Sommerfeld ripped a 3-run homer to left field for a 5-3 lead. Each team scored a run in the seventh, but Central hung on for the win.
Ausloos battled for five innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs, three walks and six strikeouts, and won his fourth game of the year. Goodman came on in relief in the bottom of the sixth and slammed the door with three strikeouts in two innings of work.
Leading the hitting attack were Richarz (3-for-4, 2B, 3 R), Ausloos (2-for-3, RBI, R) and Sommerfeld (2-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs) all with multiple hit games for the Lancers.
Goodman tossed a 3-hitter, walked two and fanned seven as the Lancers beat the Knights on June 12 at Oak Creek (10-2) and pulled into a first-place tie (8-1).
Sommerfeld smashed a 2-out, RBI-single in the first and that was all Goodman would need on this night. But the Lancers put up a 3-spot in the third inning, two coming on Goodman's 2-run homer. Sommerfeld also scored on a passed ball.
Central closed out the week by crushing Menomonee Falls, 12-2, at home to improve to 13-1.
Sommerfeld and Keane combined on a two-hitter. Sommerfeld started and pitched four innings, allowed the two hits, one earned run, four walks and seven strikeouts. Keane pitched the fifth and last inning, fanning one.
Offensively, the Lancers banged out 10 hits, led by Zach Schmidt, who singled and doubled, scored once and drove in three runs. Sommerfeld singled, tripled, scored twice and drove in a run and Richarz singled twice, scored a run and drove one in.
Bigler talked about how having a good pitching staff keeps the Lancers in games.
"The pitching thus far is what makes us so tough to beat," he said. "Knowing you're going to get a quality start no matter where we are in the rotation is a huge confidence boost.
"We have won our share of low scoring 2-1 type games, which means when we're not clicking at the plate, we turn up the pitching and defense, that's the sign of a quality ball club."
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