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Pitchers spark Muskego surge in baseball

Warriors go 4-0, hand Falls first defeat

June 11, 2012

Muskego - Strong pitching is leading the Muskego baseball team so far this season.

The staff, spearheaded by senior Peter Jewell and juniors Josh Breider and Tyler Thomka, is solid and deep, giving head coach Jacob Paige plenty of options.

"There are a handful of guys we feel confident about using out there," Paige said.

Muskego's pitching sparked a 4-0 run last week that boosted the Warriors to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the Greater Metro Conference.

The key victory last week was a 3-1 triumph over Menomonee Falls on June 4, which was also the first loss for the Indians this season.

Breider worked the complete game, allowing seven hits and striking out seven. Seniors Graham Ambrose and Joey Bandoszeski drove in runs and Jewell, junior Zack Mattson and senior Austin Wendlandt had one hit each.

"That was a big game for us," Paige said. "It kept us in the mix in the conference and gave us a boost going into the rest of the season."

The Warriors followed with victories of 6-1 over Wauwatosa East on June 7, 13-4 over Brookfield Central on Friday and 7-3 over Slinger on Saturday.

Jewell notched the triumph over Tosa East with a complete-game two-hitter, striking out 10 and walking two. Wendlandt delivered a double and home run, driving in four runs, while Thomka added a pair of doubles.

The offense continued the next day against Brookfield Central with 15 hits, as Wendlandt went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, junior Alec Johnson 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Breider 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Thomka worked four innings to get the victory, and junior Sammy Pedersen finished up the game.

Muskego kept up the clutch hitting against Slinger on Saturday. Jewell, junior Aaron Kieweg and Wendlandt all drove in runs and Bandoszeski, Breider and senior Aaron Nichols each collected two hits. Kieweg struck out seven in just four innings to notch the victory.

The Warriors started just 3-3, including a 4-3 loss to Paige's alma mater, West Allis Central, and a 7-0 defeat to Franklin. Their season started to turn around with an 8-2 victory over rival Oak Creek on June 2, and they have just kept going from there.

"Our pitching has been strong all season," Paige said, "and now we've started to get more run production."

Muskego tries to get revenge against West Allis Central at home at 5:30 p.m. June 14, then visits Oak Creek at Abendschein Park at 5:30 p.m. June 15. The Warriors then play a home doubleheader on June 16, taking on Catholic Memorial at 11 a.m. and Pius XI at 2:30 p.m.

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