Freshman pitcher Brandon Maglio made a good early impression for the West Allis Central baseball team last week.
Maglio pitched Central to a 3-2 triumph over West Allis Hale in the first round of the Greater Metro Conference Tournament on July 2. He allowed five hits while striking out seven in a complete game.
He came up from the Central junior varsity team a few weeks ago, and the Hale game was his second varsity outing.
"He has a nice fastball, curve and change," head coach Dean Mlachnik said. "He keeps the ball down. Also, being a lefthander, he stymies the opponent's running game with a nice move to first. He also keeps his composure on the mound."
Dylan Diebitz drove in one run and Josh Neary and Brandon Burdick each tallied two hits as the Bulldogs beat their rival for the second time in three meetings this season. Both of the victories came by one run.
Central also received a nice pitching effort from Josh Kopplin in a 3-0 loss to Brookfield Central on July 3. Kopplin gave up five hits and struck out five with one walk in six innings.
"He pitched well enough to win," Mlachnik said.
Jason Alvarez went 2-for-3 for the Bulldogs, who managed just five hits for the contest.
Central dropped a 7-5 game to Sussex Hamilton on July 5 in the tournament's final round. Diebitz went 3-for-4 with a double and run batted in, while Alvarez was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Danny Doyle took the loss on the mound.
The Bulldogs closed regular-season GMC play with a 12-1 loss to Brookfield Central on July 1, and that same day, they routed St. Francis 11-1.
Against the Mariners, Kevin Gerovac, Will Konecny and Alvarez each went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs, while Doyle picked up the victory, allowing three hits and striking out seven with one walk.
The Bulldogs lost to Pius XI 11-8 Saturday despite two doubles and a home run from Burdick and a three-run triple by Maglio.
Central finished 7-23 for the regular season and opened WIAA regional play on Tuesday of this week against Greendale. If the Bulldogs won, they would travel to second seed New Berlin West at 5 p.m. Friday for a regional championship game.
The winner goes to Whitnall High School at 2 p.m. Monday for a sectional semifinal game; the title contest is at Whitnall at 5 p.m. that day.
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