The Wauwatosa West baseball team won three of four games and was leading 3-2 in a suspended game in a good week for the Trojans.
West is now 6-12 overall coming into the week and 3-3 in Woodland West play.
Ring the bell
Willie Belknapp tossed a complete game win, 5-1, over New Berlin West on June 23 at Breitlow Field to begin the week. He scattered six hits, only walked three and fanned three.
"Willie did a nice job of keeping the good hitting Vikings off balance," coach Chad Mateske said. "He was willing to pitch to contact and let his defense make plays behind him."
The game began with New Berlin West, the defending state champion, scoring a run on three consecutive hits after the first two hitters were out. But the Trojans countered with two of their own in the bottom of the inning and never relinquished the lead.
With Zach Veit on second and Nick Orlowski on third, the Trojans pulled off a double steal, with Orlowski scoring and Veit taking third. Sam Olson then singled, scoring Veit for a 2-1 lead.
The Trojans then scored single runs in the second and third innings for a 4-1 lead.
In the second inning, Pat Dunn singled and eventually scored on a grounder by Will Darling.
In the third inning, Orlowski walked, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Olson then bunted Orlowski home for a 4-1 advantage.
The final run came in the fifth inning with two outs as Olson walked, stole second and scored when Devin Hudson followed with a single.
The next day the Trojans traveled to New Berlin West and once again handed them a 5-1 loss.
Pitching was the name of the game again, but this time it was Veit doing the honors. The talented junior tossed a complete game win, working seven innings, allowing four hits, a walk and a strikeout.
Tosa West scored twice in the first and fifth and once in the seventh. In the first, Belknapp walked (Sage Schram courtesy ran) and Jacob Greenberg singled and took second on an error by the right fielder, allowing Schram to score.
Greenberg then ran a delayed steal to take third and Orlowski walked. The double steal was on and Orlowski stayed in the run down allowing Greenberg to score for a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth, Tosa West answered back after New Berlin West scored a run in the fourth. Darling and Greenberg both ended up scoring when Veit helped his own cause with a two-run double for a 4-1 lead.
In the seventh inning Belknapp singled and Schram courtesy ran, getting moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Greenberg. With two outs Veit again singled, scoring Schram.
"We did a nice job of spacing our scoring throughout the whole game," Mateske said.
"We kept stealing the moment back, like in the fifth after they scored in the fourth. It allowed Zach to have some breathing room and not have to be so perfect with his pitches."
Mateske also was pleased with his defense.
"We again made plays behind our pitcher and allowed him to pitch to contact," Mateske said. "Tyler Wells and Sam Olson had busy days defensively, making many putouts and assists."
Tosa West led South Milwaukee, 3-2, in the top of the fifth, in a game last week that was suspended by fog. It will be picked up on Wednesday, July 9. Belknapp threw the first four innings (3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K) and is the pitcher of record right now.
Wood Bat Tourney
In the Waukesha Wood Bat Tournament on June 28 the Trojans split two games, losing to Menomonee Falls and beating Germantown.
In a 6-3 loss to Falls, the Trojans scored twice in the first and once in the seventh.
Belknapp led off the game with a single and was courtesy run for by sophomore call-up Scott MacGillis. Greenberg put down a sacrifice bunt moving MacGillis to second. Veit singled and stole second base. MacGillis scored on a throwing error by the catcher trying to catch Veit at second. Olson singled in Veit, making the score 2-0.
West held the lead until Falls scored six times in the bottom of the sixth. The Indians scored all their runs with two outs, as errors and walks led to West's downfall.
Greenberg's doubled, moved up on a grounde,r and scored on Veit's single for the final run.
"We kept them off the board for much of the game but eventually you play with fire too long and keep the game close and you are bound to get burned and we did," Mateske said.
The Trojans defeated Germantown, 6-4, to earn a split in the tournament.
Trailing 4-3 through three innings, they scored three times in the fourth to take a 6-4 lead and then held on for the win.
"We pitched freshman Will Jushka who did a nice job of keeping the ball down most of the game and pitching to contact and letting the defense make plays," Mateske said.
In the three-run fourth, Tyler Wells walked, moved to second on Belknapp's hit and scored when Greenberg reached on an error. Orlowski would lay down a bunt, scoring MacGillis, who ran for Belknapp, and moved Greenberg to third, where he scored on Veit's single.
"This game was exactly what we are capable of doing when we play a complete game," Mateske said. "We answer back keeping the opponent on their heels by putting up runs throughout most of the game.
"Both pitchers did a nice job. Will did a nice job coming in as a freshman and showing us what he could do again. Meyer came up big for us in only his second relief pitching chance of the year, but both were great efforts."
Mateske then praised Olson for his play all season long after the week he had.
"Sam has flown under the radar this year," he said. "He is the unsung hero of the season so far in my mind.
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