A strange thing happened to Brookfield Central's baseball team last week — they lost.
Central went 3-1 with wins over West Allis Hale, Franklin and West Allis Central, before Marquette nipped the Lancers and snapped their 13-game winning streak.
Coming into the week, Central was 21-2 and 14-2 in the Greater Metro, one game before MUHS (13-3, 16-4) and Oak Creek (13-3, 15-4).
The Lancers nipped West Allis Hale, 3-2, on June 23, beating the team who handed them their first loss of the year on June 5.
Senior shortstop Riley Richarz scored twice, as he stole his 21st and 22nd bases of the season to key a listless offense, as Central managed only four hits.
Senior Elijah Goodman, who was 1-for-2 with two RBIs, drove in Richarz twice as he totaled his 27th and 28th RBIs of the year.
Goodman tossed three-hit ball for six innings, walking one and fanning 15 of the possible 18 outs recorded. Jonathan Keane came on in relief and recorded his third save (1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K).
Luke Sommerfeld, Andrew Schneider and Zach Schmidt had the only other hits, all singles.
Central then defeated Franklin, 5-1, on June 24, at home, as senior Aaron Hammond tossed three shutout innings of relief, allowing three hits to earn the save.
Sommerfeld, pitching at less than 100 percent, started and worked his way through four innings, allowing three hits, a run, four walks and six strikeouts, leaving with a 2-1 lead.
Sommerfeld had an RBI single in the first, and senior Josh Peltier, singled and scored on Richarz's two-out RBI single in the second. Keane drove a two-out RBI single up the middle in the fifth, scoring pinch-runner Jarred Shipman who ran for Goodman, who doubled for a 3-1 lead.
Juniors Riley Keays and Ben Gerhard both singled and scored in the seventh to provide the Lancers with some much needed insurance.
Peltier and Gerhard were each 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI. Richarz was 2-for-3 with an RBI, and Keane was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Lancers scored four times in the inning and rolled to a 9-1 win June 26 at West Allis Central under the lights
Junior Zach Schmidt (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K) and senior Andrew Schneider (2 IP, 2 K) combined for the victory.
"Schmidt worked himself out of several jams, making quality pitches when he had to," said coach Jeff Bigler.
Central had 10 hitters get in the hit column, as the Lancers came to life with 13 hits.
Richarz had three hits, a run scored and an RBI and stole three bases; Goodman had two runs scored, two hits and an RBI; and Shipman had a run scored and two hits.
Sommerfeld had two runs scored, a double and an RBI, and Matt Ausloos had two runs scored, a hit and an RBI.
Marquette rallied for three runs in the sixth inning to beat Central, 3-1, on June 26 at MATC-South Campus.
The Lancers only managed five hits but scored in the top of the sixth for a 1-0 lead. Sommerfeld singled and doubled and drove in the only run, Goodman singled twice, and Richarz had a single to account for Central's hit off Parker Sniatiynski (6 IP, 5 H, 6 BB, 5 K)) and Nick Mclee (1 IP).
Ausloos started for Central (5 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K), and Keane (1 IP, 1 H) finished up.
Defense played a key role, as the Lancers turned double plays in the first, third and fourth innings, while Marquette turned a crucial one in the fourth.
Goodman singled to start the sixth, Matt Liewen pinch ran and stole second and scored on Sommerfeld's hit for Central's only run.
The GMC Tournament will be hosted by Central on Tuesday, July 8, Wednesday, July 9, and Thursday, July 10.
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