New Berlin - New Berlin Eisenhower went 2-2 in Woodland Conference Black Division action and is tied with Wauwatosa West (6-4, 9-9) for third place behind Greendale (8-2, 13-6) and Whitnall (8-3, 10-5) coming into this week.
The Lions (6-4, 8-9) lost twice to Whitnall to open the week, but then beat Pewaukee and St. Francis in conference play and closed out the week with an 8-5 loss at West Bend East in a nonconference game on Saturday.
The Lions opened with two games against Greendale to start this week, play Cudahy at 5 p.m. Thursday and then play a non-conference game at Slinger at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
"With every game we have matured and gained more experience," first-year coach Aaron Adsit said. "I think we have some opportunities ahead of us and how consistent we can be over the next two weeks will be key.
"We're getting a ton of guys experience and aside from a six-game losing streak they have been very consistent."
Mitch Arman tossed a five-inning one-hitter as the Lions crushed the Mariners, 10-0, and then singled, doubled and drove in a run to help his cause.
Steve Sakar singled twice, doubled, scored twice, stole two bases and drove in three runs to led the offense, which banged out 11 hits off three St. Francis pitchers. Steve Hegeman and Tyler Sagat each singled twice and drove in two runs.
Ike opened with a five-run first inning and then scored three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth to call it a day.
The Lions beat Pewaukee, 9-8, on June 21 at home, but they had to overcome an early deficit and then held on for the victory.
The Pirates jumped on starter Reed Timmer for five runs in the first inning, but then the crafty lefthander shut them down for the next four innings.
But the Lions scored, one, three and one runs in the first three innings to tie the game and then added three in the fifth inning to take an 8-5 lead before the Pirates managed a run off reliever Kurt Hegeman in the seventh.
Aaron Wilson singled twice, scored twice, stole a base and drove in three runs, Tyler Sagat drove in two runs, Steve Sekar singled, tripled and drove in a run, and Kurt and Steve Hegeman each singled and drove in a run.
It took the Lions until the final inning to get on the scoreboard June 18 at Whitnall as they dropped a 7-3 decision to the Falcons, who used a three-run fourth to put the game away.
Ike did bang out 10 hits, as Andrew Contrucci had three singles, Mitch Arman had a single and a double and Kurt Hegeman singled twice and drove in two runs.
Five Ike errors led to one earned run off three Lions pitchers - Steve Sakar (3.2), Paul Gaber (1.1 IP) and Hegeman (1 IP).
The next day Whitnall won, 5-3, at Ike, as the Falcons scored twice in the seventh for a 5-2 lead to clinch the game. Arman pitched well (2 ER in 6 IP), but got the loss.
The Lions outhit Whitnall, 7-6, as Hegeman had three hits and Aaron Wilson two. Arman, Contrucci and Sakar each drove in a run.
West Bend East
The Lions dropped an 8-5 decision to the Suns (13-7) on the road Saturday. After taking a 3-0 lead in the third, East came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning and one in the fifth. The Lions tied it with two in the fifth, 5-5, but the Suns scored one in the bottom of the inning and two in the sixth to put the game away.
Turner Sagat had three RBIs, Tyler Sagat singled and tripled and Steve Hegeman singled and doubled as Ike had nine hits to East's 10.
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