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Hale breaks spell with four-run sixth to top West Allis Central

July 18, 2014

Isaiah Mundt's single scoring Sam Michalski finally opened the offensive faucet in a game between the two West Allis schools in the WIAA summer baseball playoffs, and the Huskies made sure the rush stayed constant before emerging with a 4-0 victory Wednesday.

Hale advanced to meet Oak Creek on Friday in the regional final.

The sixth inning included a controversial balk call that drew the ire of Central fans and Central coach Dean Mlachnik, whose argument with the umpire did not reverse the third run of the inning from scoring.

"(The umpire) said (WAC pitcher Brandon Maglio) stepped off with the wrong foot," said Mlachnik. "(He said) that he swung his foot around, (which) he never did, he just took his foot off and put it back. Plus, our catcher called for time. It's unfortunate that the umpires have to make a call like that. Calling a balk with a guy on third, that's tough. It's tough to swallow."

Hale won two of three meetings against Central during ht regular season, winning 7-2 on June 3 and 9-6 on July 10. The third win over the crosstown rival moved West Allis Hale to 13-17 on the season.

Mundt knew what to look for from Maglio after Mlachnik paid Maglio a visit after a four-pitch walk in the sixth.

"I knew they had a mound visit," Mundt said. "I knew after four straight balls, (Maglio) was coming with something over the plate, so I tried to put it in play and get some insurance runs for the team."

The second run crossed the plate after senior Cameron Holcomb hit a ground ball that went over the shortstop's head and scored Sam Valona. The balk scored the third run and advanced Holcomb to scoring position. Holcomb then scored off a soft liner by Alex Sykes that landed in center field.

The four runs were more than enough for Hale starter Mials McMurray, who allowed just one hit and walked just on in his seven innings of work. McMurray said that everything was working for him, along with the defense playing well.

"(The run support) changes a bunch," he said. "I've lost on two walk-offs this year in the bottom of the seventh. It makes a huge difference. It's way easier to pitch with run support, especially four runs."

The focus for Hale switches over to a team that Hale lost to twice in the regular season, Oak Creek, both by shutout.

"I just talked about it out there and we said that there's no pressure on us," said Hale coach Paul Dooley. "We are the seventh seed, and Oak Creek is the two seed. They have to beat us. We get to go there and play."

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