New Berlin Eisenhower improved to 14-10, 8-5, in the Woodland West Division by going 2-1 last week, winning their last two games. They have now won seven of eight games coming into this week.
The Lions split two games with Wauwatosa West to begin the week and then beat Greenfield to finish with a 2-1 record.
It didn't begin like a pitcher's duel, but it ended like one, as Tosa West nipped Eisenhower, 6-3, on July 1 at Eisenhower.
Both teams scored eight of their nine runs in the first inning, with Tosa West taking a 5-3 lead after one inning. The Trojans added a run in the second and then both pitchers slammed the door the rest of the game.
Sam Olson had an RBI single, Jonathan Meyer had a 2-run double, Will Jushka had a sacrifice fly and Pat Dunn had an RBI double for a 5-0 lead.
The Lions came back with three runs in the bottom of the inning.
After a walk to Nick Vasic, Joey Scaffidi lined out to the first baseman who doubled off Vasic. Peyton Cypress was safe on an error, Steve Hegeman walked, Nick Dryer singled in Cypress, Hegeman to third and then Dreyer stole second. Drew Spadaro rifled a shot to right center and scored Hegeman and Dryer to cut the lead to 5-3.
West added a run in the second. Jacob Greenburg walked, was picked off trying to steal second and made it safely when the first baseman's throw went into left field, allowing Greenburg to go to third. He then scored on a passed ball.
Tosa West's Zach Veit then stopped the Lions the rest of the way on two hits and four walks while fanning four. He didn't allow an earned run.
"We start out guns ablazing, and then we get a little passive at the plate," Michael Vahovick, Eisenhower's baseball coach, said. "We take our foot off the gas pedal is what I like to say. We have to keep it on there and go; that's our philosophy.
"It's been that way from day one, and we just haven't done it yet for seven straight innings. It's something we need to finish. We'll get there some day, hopefully."
Scaffidi worked a scoreless third and fourth innings, allowing two hits and fanning two.
Ryan Macho was the player of the game for Eisenhower, working three shutout innings of relief, allowing two hits and fanning one.
"He came in and threw the pitches he needed to throw," Vahovick said. "He got out of some situations where he didn't get help defensively, and I thought he earned himself another chance on the hill."
Three times Macho battled, leaving a runner on third base in the fifth and seventh and leaving two men on in the sixth.
Then on July 2, the Lions went to Breitlow Field, the bats came to life and the pitching was strong except for one inning, and Eisenhower had a 9-6 victory.
The Lions scored one, four and two runs in the first three innings for a 7-1 lead. They added two runs in the fifth for a 9-1 advantage. West scored five times in the sixth to cut the lead to 9-6, but the Lions hung on for the win.
Ike banged out 17 hits, as Scaffidi had three hits, a run scored and three RBIs and Vasic had three hits, a run scored and two RBIs. Cypress had two hits and two RBIs, and Ross Spadaro had two hits and two runs scored.
Cypress worked five innings for the win, walking two and fanning four.
Trailing 4-3 going into the seventh inning, Ike scored four runs, keyed by Cypress' two-run homer for a 7-4 victory at Greenfield on July 3.
The Lions scored three in the first, but the Hustlin' Hawks scored one in the second and three in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
Dryer pitched five innings and allowed three earned runs, while Ryan Potts and Cypress finished up.
Eisenhower had 10 hits, led by Cypress, who homered and singled, scored twice and drove in two runs. Hegeman singled, doubled, drove in a run and scored twice, and Scaffidi singled, doubled and scored twice.
Eisenhower is at Whitnall at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 10, and then travels to Regner Park to face West Bend East on Saturday, July 12, at 11 a.m.
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