Muskego Impact Hit Hard Times

July 4, 2014

The Muskego Impact hit some rough times over the past few weeks until winning two games at North Shore this past weekend. Prior to that doubleheader victory, they had lost eight games in a row in the East Division of the Land O’ Lakes Baseball League. Their current record stands at 5-10, which is a far cry to where they were at last year at this time. However, they still have time to turn it around as they look to return to the playoffs with a good run during the second half of the season.

During six games prior to this past Sunday’s games, the Impact were is quite a hitting slump having only scored 2.5 runs and collecting only 4.3 hits per game. One game against West Allis on Father’s Day, they were one hit. When giving up 7 runs per game during that time span, it is hard to win any game. Only four players during this stretch were able to come up with more than one hit in a game and no more than two, that being Nick Schmidlkofer (2), Cole Borek and Brandon Kozinski.

The closest that they were able to get to a victory during this downer stretch was at a June 22nd Sunday doubleheader vs the Butler Bulldogs at Horn when they dropped the first game 3-2 and the second one 5-4. Kozinski had 3 hits on the day and Schmidlkofer 3 rbis, and the pitching was good enough to win both games. Dave Mihlsimmer (1-4) was the hard luck pitcher in the first game as he only allowed 2 earned runs on 5 hits, striking out 4 and not allowing a walk. Cole Borek (2-3) pitched the second game and even though they got to him for 10 hits and he issued 7 walks, he pitched out of some tough jams and could have come away with the victory, but a 7th inning rally came up one run short.

This past Sunday, when the Impact won the doubleheader at North Shore 10-6 and 7-0, their bats woke up. They collected double digit hits in the second game since back on June 1st at Butler. In the first game, some free passes and a couple of hits followed by grand slam home runs from Josh Beatka in the 1st inning and Kevin Schoenbach in the 5th inning was all the Impact needed to break their eight game losing streak. In that second game, Jake Jewell, Sean Staral and Cole Borek had two hits each to lead the hitting attack. Jewell had 3 rbis and Borek had 2.

Dave Mihlsimmer (2-4) picked up the victory in the first game going 6 innings, allowing 8 hits, striking out 2 and issuing 4 walks. In the second game, Cole Borek, not only had quite a game offensively, but even a better one from the mound as he pitched a 2-hit shutout, striking out 4 and walking 3.

The Impact return to action on Wednesday, July 9th at New Berlin in a 7 pm contest, and then the LOL All-star game will be held the following weekend with the East against the North.

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