Germantown baseball team find its bats, win four in a row to get into NSC race

Busy week will help decide Warhawks' fate

June 18, 2012

Germantown - Just as the season was starting to slip away for the senior-dominated Germantown baseball team, the Warhawks did the only logical and right thing they could do.

They supported their local ace Brian Keller with 13 hits in a 12-2 North Shore Conference rout of West Bend East on June 12.

They followed that up with another league victory, 8-2, over Whitefish Bay on June 14 and then earned two wins in Saturday's Waukesha South Wood Bat Tournament, rallying in both cases to beat Waukesha South, 17-7, and Tosa West, 9-5, in eight innings.

"It was a great week," Germantown coach Jeff Wolf said. "The Wood Bat Tournament was fun. In fact, one of the guys made a suggestion that we use them all the time. It was just an extension of the confidence that we started to play with last week. We hit the ball well that first game (against East) and that got us going.

"Then the hitting became contagious."

Germantown started the week at 4-2 in North Shore play and 7-5 overall while Cedarburg still holds onto the lead at 6-2 (7-2). The Warhawks host Cedarburg Monday as the start to a hectic week.

They visit Slinger (4-5, 7-7) Tuesday, have a rain make-up at West Bend West (4-3, 7-7) Wednesday and then visit Homestead (5-4, 10-4) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

In the win over East, Keller continued his dominant series of performances with six strikeouts and only one walk in five innings of work. He helped himself with two hits, two runs scored, a home run and three RBI. He got help from his catcher Danny Krause (two hits, two runs scored, four RBI and a home run).

Jordan Kuczynski had three hits and Louis Tuszynski had two safeties.

In previous games, the Warhawks had not given Keller much run support, but Wolf was happy to see it happen this time around.

"He deserved each and every one of those hits and runs," said Wolf, "and we were able to save a couple of innings for him (for the Bay game the next night)."

Germantown 8, Bay 2: Ryan Anderson turned in a strong five-inning performance in earning the win as he had four strikeouts. Keller picked up the save with two innings of work including three strikeouts.

The Warhawks were up 5-2 after five innings and had nine total hits. Krause had a huge night with five hits and two RBI while Tuszynski had two hits and three RBI.

"We brought him back on only two days rest," Wolf said of Anderson. "He was very impressive."

Germantown 9, Tosa West 5 (eight innings): The Warhawks were down 5-0 before rallying for five runs in the fifth. Germantown took advantage of nine walks as Krause and Joey Szopinski had two hits each. Blake Fleischman pitched five solid innings of relief (three strikeouts and one walk) for the win.

Germantown 17, South 7: The Warhawks rapped out 17 hits and scored 11 runs in the fifth to erase a 7-2 deficit. Many players contributed including Tom Andrus (two triples), Jimmy Doedens (three hits and three RBI), Tuszynski (three hits, a home run and four RBI), Mike Knippen (two hits), Krause (three hits), and Kuczynski (two hits and two RBI).

Andrus got the win with four innings pitched and four strikeouts.

"We threw a lot of kids we don't normally throw or have a lot of innings," said Wolf of the tourney. "We were sluggish in both, but then we were able to rally."

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