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West Allis Hale's Sam Michalski tosses no-hitter against Tosa East

Huskies prevail behind pitching gem

June 24, 2014

In the past weeks, the West Allis Hale baseball players have become almost old hands at no-hitters.

This time, though, the Huskies wound up on the right side of the pitching gem.

Senior Sam Michalski tossed a no-hitter as the Huskies blanked Wauwatosa East 10-0 on June 16. He struck out six and walked just one.

What made his effort particularly unique was the fact that it was the third straight no-hitter for Hale, which had lost in that manner to Marquette on June 13 and to Oak Creek on June 10.

"Sam is a good pitcher," head coach Paul Dooley said. "He threw a fastball and some off-speed stuff. He located his pitches well and threw strikes."

Hitters pound ball

Michalski received plenty of hitting support from his team, which rapped out 16 hits. Mason Ross went 2-for-2 with three runs batted in, Mials McMurray 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored and Sam Valona 1-for-2 with two runs.

Also driving in runs were Michalski, Derrick Oleson, Alex Elliott and Cameron Holcomb.

The week took a downturn after that for the Huskies, however.

They lost to Menomonee Falls 3-2 on June 17 after taking a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh. Falls standout Ty Weber drove in the tying run and scored on a double. Weber was also the winning pitcher, allowing four hits and fanning 13.

"Weber is one of the top pitchers in the conference." Dooley said.

The Huskies then dropped an 8-0 game to West Allis Central and pitcher Brandon Maglio on June 19. The Bulldogs tallied six runs in the second inning, taking advantage of some walks and miscues by Hale.

Hale earned a split in a wood bat tournament at South Milwaukee on June 21, beating Shorewood 8-4 and losing to Arrowhead 8-3.

McMurray collected two hits, two runs scored and two runs batted in against Shorewood, while Valona had two doubles and two RBIs and Jason Palesse two hits. Palesse and Oleson shared pitching duties.

In the Arrowhead game, Elliott had two hits, including a double.

Hale 6-5 in GMC

Hale came into this week at 6-5 in the Greater Metro Conference and 8-10 overall.

The Huskies visit Oak Creek at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, then finish up the South Milwaukee wood bat tournament on Saturday, June 28.

They travel to Franklin at 5:30 on Monday, June 30, and welcome Marquette at 7:30 on Tuesday, July 1.

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