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Bulldogs seek another Grand Championship

Travel to Cedarburg on Saturday

Sept. 4, 2012

If the Brookfield Bulldogs beat Cedarburg on Sept. 8, they will have captured their second consecutive Land O' Lakes Grand Championship.

Brookfield went 2-0 last weekend, first defeating Cedarburg, 15-13, in an old-fashioned shootout on Saturday. Then on Sunday, they beat New Berlin, 8-4, to eliminate the Lakers from the playoffs.

The Bulldogs (3-0) will now travel to Cedarburg (2-1) for a 1:30 p.m. game Saturday. A win would give them their second straight title. A loss would set up a winner-take-all matchup on Sunday.

It was a total team effort that led the Bulldogs to Saturday's win over Cedarburg that kept them undefeated in the Grand Championship series. Brookfield banged out 15 runs on 15 hits and used four pitchers on the day.

Greg Basthemer started and went the first four innings. Josh Lemke followed, going three innings to pick up the win. Mike Mierow pitched two-thirds of an inning and Jeff Lueck closed out the game, pitching the final 1.1 innings to earn the save.

Jason Rutz led the Bulldogs offense, going 4-for-5 with a grand-slam homer and finished with six RBIs and four runs scored. He also forced a balk while trying to steal home plate.

Scott Booth was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, Lueck was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs, as the versatile veteran played third base, catcher and earned the save. Kris Franzen was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

K.C. Pinsoneault came in off the bench in the second inning when Mike Jacobs hurt his knee while turning a double play.

Pinsoneault was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Brookfield then beat New Berlin, 8-4, which eliminated Rome on Saturday, 2-0.

Lemke picked up his second win in two days as the Bulldogs eliminated New Berlin from the Grand Championship Series.

He went eight innings for the win, giving up four runs while striking out three and walking none. Basthemer closed the game in the ninth while striking out two.

Booth and Jacobs sat out the game with injuries suffered in Saturday's win over Cedarburg, so Bill Lucyshyn and Pinsoneault both filled in admirably and Nick Kanavas picked up the slack at first base.

Brookfield was led at the plate by Andy Monigal, who was 3-for-5 with a stolen base and an RBI. Mierow was 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and a stolen base and Dan Barwick was 2-for-4 with a stolen base.

Franzen finished 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored, Kanavas was 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored and Lucyshyn was 1-for-4 with an RBI.

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