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New Berlin West close to clinching baseball title

July 11, 2011

New Berlin - New Berlin West is getting closer to another Woodland Conference Blue Division Championship and even an ugly loss at Greendale on Friday didn't discourage Vikings coach Tom Farina.

The Vikings had a four-game lead with four league games left and could have clinched the title by the time you read this. It would be their fifth championship in a row.

The Vikings went 3-1 last week, beating St. Thomas More twice and Whitnall before losing to Greendale, 12-3, on Friday. West is 11-3 in the division and 18-6 overall.

When asked if he was happy with his team's play, Farina replied "Absolutely; short of last Friday's ugly stepchild showing, we're playing consistent, solid baseball.

"I told the guys it was just a bad day at the office. Let's start fresh on Monday. We played seven games in six days the week before and four last week, so they were probably tired. I told them to just go about their business and give a good effort."

The Vikings opened the week by clobbering St. Thomas More, 11-1, on July 5 before going to the Cavaliers' home field on July 6 for a 7-2 win. The Vikings then beat Whitnall, 7-2. St. Thomas More

West opened the week with an 11-1 win at St. Thomas More on July 6 and a 7-2 win on July 6 against the Cavaliers at New Berlin West.

The Vikings scored three, two, four and two runs in innings three through six to make it a six-inning game. Brad Duggan pitched six innings, allowing four hits while fanning six.

Darrin Sowinski had a double, triple and five RBIs and Duggan had two doubles and a triple and three RBIs to lead a 14-hit attack. Kevin Marx had a single and a triple and two RBIs, Adrian Peil singled three times and scored twice and Matt Rink singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice.

The next day sophomore Austin Fritz threw five strong innings on the mound, allowing two runs and three walks while striking out four. Fellow sophomore Logan Schmidt came in to preserve the lead, throwing the final two innings without allowing a run and striking out two.

The Viking bats took a few innings to get going, but they eventually collected six hits. Seniors Austin Brzeski and Duggan accounted for five of those hits, including two doubles by Duggan and a triple by Brzeski.

West led 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth when the Cavs scored twice. But the Vikings scored three in the sixth to put the game away.

Whitnall

With an identical score of 7-2, the Vikings were able to put away Whitnall on July 7 at West to build a larger conference lead.

Brzeski pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out two. He also went 2-for-3 at the dish with two RBIs.

Duggan had another good day at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and a run scored. Senior Bryan Thiessenhussen and Peil each went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Whitnall led 2-1 when the Vikings took the lead with two runs in the third and four in the fifth.

Greendale

The Panthers led 7-1 after three innings and eventually pulled away with a four-run sixth.

Thiessenhussen singled and doubled and drove in two runs while Brzeski went 2-for-4. Justin Povlick scattered nine hits for the win, while Brandon Kozinski banged out four hits, including a double and drove in three runs, Sam Brick had three singles and an RBI and Colin Butkiewicz had a single, double and three RBIs.

Up Next

The Vikings, who were scheduled to play Cudahy on Monday and Tuesday, play at Wauwatosa West at 5 p.m. on July 14 and then play a twinbill on July 15. They host Catholic Memorial at 2 p.m. in a non-conference game and then host Shorewood at 5 p.m.

They open with a game against Tosa West in the WIAA Regional on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at New Berlin West.

- Tom "Sky" Skiboshcontributed to this article.

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