After winning two of three games last week, the Greendale baseball team is off to a 5-1-1 start to its 2012 season.
The Panthers downed Oak Creek, 4-1, on Saturday behind the pitching of freshman Zach Miller, who worked five innings and allowed no earned runs, and junior Aaron Tajnai, who finished up for the save. Sophomore Zack Henderson belted a two-run home run in the fourth inning for a 2-1 advantage.
Greendale began Woodland Conference play with a 4-3 triumph over Pewaukee in eight innings on Friday. Henderson struck out 10 in just 4 2/3 innings and Justin Povlick went the rest of the way for the victory. Kyle Senft went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs batted in for the Panthers.
On May 30, Greendale dropped a tough 3-2 decision to Sussex Hamilton, losing a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. Nate Van Ells pitched a solid game, allowing only two earned runs.
In earlier action, the Panthers downed Grafton, 3-2, on May 26; tied Homestead, 4-4, on May 25 when the game was called by darkness after eight innings; topped West Allis Central, 14-7, on May 24 and tipped Mukwonago, 5-4, on May 23, when junior Thomas Schuerman delivered a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring in Colin Butkiewicz and Van Ells.
The Panthers welcome Catholic Memorial at 5 p.m. Thursday, then play a two-game set with Whitnall at home Monday and on the road Tuesday, with both games at 5 p.m.
The other area baseball teams also opened their seasons in the past two weeks, with the following results:
The Sabers, who lost a good deal of talent from their two-time WIAA state championship squads, are off to somewhat of an uneven start at 2-3 entering this week.
Their high moment last week was a 7-0 triumph over Muskego on May 30. Matt Busalacchi pitched a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and just one walk ,while Colin Buck went 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs and Evan Kruczynski 3-for-4 with a double.
Franklin lost a pair of 2-0 games, one to Brookfield East on Friday and another to Brookfield Central on May 29. Against East, Kruczynski allowed just four hits and fanned seven and Tyler Gentz went 2-for-4. In the Central contest, Nick Peschak had two hits and Gentz gave up six hits in taking the defeat.
The Sabers opened the season with a 7-3 victory over South Milwaukee on May 23 but lost, 6-1, to Sussex Hamilton on May 26.
The Knights won their first four games of the season but dropped their last two.
They fell to Greendale, 4-1, and Muskego, 8-2, both on Saturday. Against Greendale, Oak Creek had only two hits. In the Muskego game, Riley Shelton went 2-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBIs.
They topped Brookfield Central, 8-3, on Friday behind three hits apiece from Tanner Johnson and Shelton. Johnson drove in two runs.
Oak Creek defeated Wauwatosa East, 9-6, on May 30 as Johnson collected a double, home run and five RBIs and Austin Barbee added two hits.
Matt Bautch went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs in an 11-2 romp over South Milwaukee on May 29.
Oak Creek opened the season with a 5-1 victory over St. Thomas More on May 23.
The Falcons, under new coach Ben Krey, lost to Cudahy, 10-5, in Woodland Conference action on Friday night.
Ian Ray went 4-for-4 with a double and Luke Mentkowski 2-for-3 with a double, while Brent Sluka took the loss, pitching just three innings.
Whitnall had earlier lost to West Bend West, 9-8, on May 25 and Brookfield East, 1-0, on May 23.
- Compiled by John Rech
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