Everyone was ready for the Greater Metro Conference "Game of the Week" except the person who counted most — the weatherman.
Coming into this week, the Brookfield Central Lancers were sitting on top of the conference (14-2) with next week's league tournament seedings on the line.
They were slated to play Oak Creek, who was tied for second with Marquette, each with 13-3 records.
The teams, the umpires, the fans and even TimeWarner Cable showed up for the matchup between staff aces Elijah Goodman of Central and Jesse Sustachek of Oak Creek.
When I showed up, Bob Brainerd of TWC ran up to me, handed me the Central lineup card and went racing to his car. Being clever, I figured something was up.
The game was postponed, of course, and moved until 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Central.
If there is any concern with a team this talented, it could be with their inconsistency at the plate.
Last week they scored three runs against West Allis Hale (7-8, 9-13), five against Franklin (5-10, 7-16), nine against West Allis Central (3-12, 6-14) and one against MUHS.
That's 4.5 runs per game counting the nine runs versus the Bulldogs, and with this pitching staff, that's very doable. Take away the West Allis Central game, and they averaged 3.0 in their other three games, and that takes a supreme effort to win.
Most coaches shake their heads in envy at coach Jeff Bigler's pitching staff — Goodman (3-0, 0.51 ERA, 10.11 KP7, 2 SV), Luke Sommerfeld (4-1, 1.81 ERA, 10.11 KP7) and Matt Ausloos (6-0, 1.91 ERA, 8 KP7), an excellent "Big 3." Both Sommerfeld and Ausloos have tossed no-hitters this season, and Ausloos had a no-hitter last summer.
Now add to this closer supreme Jonathan Keane (2-0, 0.88 ERA, 2 SV, 17 K in 16 IP), and you round out the staff.
But others have chipped in like Aaron Hammond (3-0, 0.93 ERA), Zach Schmidt (1-0, 1.24 ERA) and Andrew Schneider (1-0, 0.00 ERA), showing an embarrassment of riches.
With speedy lead-off hitter Riley Richarz, that's just the tip of the iceberg. The likes of Goodman, Sommerfeld, Keane, Ausloos and Hammond, among others, are the danger lurking beneath the water. But they need to be more consistent.
The Lancers have teams aiming for them, and most of the time they will be facing their opponents' top pitcher.
"We have a target on our back," Lancers veteran coach Alan Vance said in the dugout Monday, as the sky darkened and the rain started to come down.
"But we like having a target on our back."
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