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Muskego crushes Hale in GMC quarterfinal

Both West Allis teams bounced in early rounds

July 13, 2010

West Allis — The Major League Baseball players were not the only ones playing home run derby on Monday evening.

The Muskego Warriors were putting on their own show by belting three home runs to account for eight runs during a 9-0 rout of West Allis Hale in a Greater Metro Conference Tournament quarterfinal game.

The victory boosted Muskego to 29-6 on the season and sent the Warriors to a semifinal at home Tuesday against Franklin. The GMC championship game will be played Wednesday at the home of the highest remaining seed.

The Warriors used a three-run home run from senior Matt Berry in the second inning and two blasts in the fifth inning, a two-run shot by senior Mike Robinson and a three-run homer from senior Wes Smith.

"Our strength is driving the ball and hitting it real hard, hitting it real cleanly," Muskego coach Mike Schramek said. "We've got some good, solid bats. We don't necessarily go up there trying to hit home runs; we just go up there trying to hit the ball as hard as we can.

"Our eighth hitter (Berry), our seventh hitter (Smith) and our fourth hitter (Robinson) hit home runs, and our leading home run hitter is our third hitter (senior Sam Hammer). We've got some guys who can hit the ball well."

Hale coach Paul Dooley, whose team fell to 15-17, agreed with Schramek.

"It's tough when they can hit one through nine," he said. "You've got great hitters all the way up and down that lineup."

Muskego also received a strong pitching effort from junior Adam Schulz, who allowed just two hits while striking out seven and walking five.

"My fastball was going over the plate and my curveball was working, too, a good one-two punch," Schulz said. "(Catcher) Nick McCormack did a good job calling the pitches today."

Dooley said of Schulz, "He did a great job. He changed his pitches up really well, and he seemed to have everything going for him, the fastball, the curveball."

The Warriors are in the fortunate position of having two aces, Schulz and junior Cole Borek.

"I call them 1-A and 1-B," Schramek said. "They are equally as effective."

Muskego struck for three in the second when Berry's home run drove in senior Kevin Schoenbach and Smith.

"It was a high fastball, inside a little bit," Berry said. "I was looking for a line drive."

Senior Zach Wall led off Hale's third inning with a walk and stole second. Senior Josh Riche later singled to center field, but Muskego junior center fielder Matt Fellenz cut off the ball and fired a perfect strike to McCormack to get Wall at the plate, keeping the Huskies scoreless.

Schoenbach made it 4-0 in the third with a run-scoring groundout and Robinson and Smith put away the game with their homers in the fifth.

Smith, senior T.J. Anderson and Hammer each tallied two hits for the Warriors. Senior Alex Reed had the only other hit for the Huskies.

In the first game of the tournament, eighth-seeded Hale topped ninth-seeded Brookfield Central, 10-4, as Eric Schrader struck out three and walked two in a complete-game victory.

Ben Slowinski was 3-for-4, while Dillion Engle was 2-for-3 with a triple. Schrader helped his own cause by banging out two hits, including a double.

Also on Monday, despite a solid pitching effort from Terry Fletcher, 11th-seeded West Allis Central lost its first-round game, 5-3, to sixth-seeded Brookfield East at Zirkel Field in West Allis.

"We came up with a little bit of offense, but too late," Central coach Rick Hoppert said.

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