After struggling through the final week of the regular season, both Brookfield Central and Brookfield East opened the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on a positive note.
The Spartans of Brookfield East beat Wauwatosa East, 5-2, Tuesday morning, as senior Brad Carstens stopped the Red Raiders on four hits and two runs, while walking three and striking out nine batters. Jake Smith allowed a hit and fanned a batter in earning the save.
"The team got up early this morning and got to work when we got there at 5:30 a.m." Carstens said. "But once we woke up, got a little food in us, we felt good."
The Spartans led 2-1 after one inning as Andrew Holmes and Dustin Brah each had an RBI single, but the Red Raiders came back with a run in bottom of the inning.
Brookfield East's Dan Magyar's RBI grounder and Alex McGuire's single to right made it 4-1 in the second. A single and two errors led to the final run in the third.
The Spartans had seven hits, all singles, with Holmes getting two of them.
"The biggest thing was getting some run support," coach Nicholas Wycklendt said. "It was good getting some run support early in the game."
Central wins squeaker
The Lancers nipped Franklin, 2-1, behind the 3-hit effort of Matt Ausloos and clutch hitting by the 1-2 punch of Elijah Goodman and Luke Sommerfeld.
The Sabers had just taken the lead in the top of the fourth on an infield hit by Nick Pescheck, who then stole second and third. After Joe Fortman walked, Mike Davis hit a sacrifice fly to right for a 1-0 lead.
But Jonathan Keane, who was moved up to second in the order as coach Jeff Big shook up a struggling lineup, beat out an infield hit to short. Goodman then tripled into a strong wind to left on a ball that would normally have gone out of the park, driving in Keane with the tying run. It broke a string of 14 scoreless innings.
Then Sommerfeld, celebrating his 18th birthday, ripped a single to right, scoring Goodman, for a 2-1 lead.
"We've had other teams do that to us," Bigler said, about the Lancers immediately bouncing back after Franklin scored. "Maybe it was our turn."
"I was confident, even though we were struggling," Ausloos said. "We knew we were going to play our best."
Sommerfeld had a happy birthday with the win.
"We knew Franklin was good, but we came out fighting and came out with the win," he said.
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