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Muskego baseball team stays alive in Classic 8 Conference title chase

Warriors win 2 of 3 in conference

Muskego’s Dan Malak is one of several pitchers who have helped keep Muskego in the Classic 8 Conference race this season.

Muskego’s Dan Malak is one of several pitchers who have helped keep Muskego in the Classic 8 Conference race this season. Photo By C.T. Kruger

July 7, 2014

After some ups and downs throughout the season, the Muskego baseball team came into this week right where it wanted to be.

The Warriors won two of three Classic 8 Conference games last week to improve to 11-6 in the league and tied with Catholic Memorial for second place, just one-half game behind leader Arrowhead.

They met both of those teams earlier this week, taking on Memorial on July 7 and Arrowhead on July 8. They also played Waukesha West in a makeup game July 9.

Muskego finishes Classic 8 play for the year at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 10, against Mukwonago.

"We have a chance to compete for the title going into the final week, and that's what you want," said head coach Jacob Paige.

The WIAA tournament then begins with regional play Tuesday, July 15, and Friday, July 18. Muskego appears to be headed for one of the top seeds.

Muskego routed Waukesha North 12-1 in the first game of a doubleheader July 3 as Ryan Tobin belted two doubles and drove in five runs and Cal Krafcheck pitched five strong innings.

The Warriors, though, dropped the nightcap 9-8 in nine innings despite two hits from Caleb Wagner.

Muskego downed Kettle Moraine 9-3 on July 1 as Luke Thomka allowed eight hits while striking out 11, the latest in a string of solid mound performances from him.

"Thomka has pitched well in some of our big Classic 8 games," Paige said.

The Warriors broke open a tight 2-1 contest with seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

On July 5, the Warriors took on old conference rival Oak Creek and tallied eight runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull out a wild 10-9 victory.

Incredibly, Muskego had just one hit in that inning — a two-out, two-run single from Kyle Iverson that drove in the tying and lead runs.

"They (the Knights) had five walks and three hit-batters in that inning," Paige said.

The Knights then loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, but Matt Pedersen got out of the situation with a ground ball double play.

The victory boosted the Warriors to 16-8 for the season.

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