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New Berlin West baseball ends season in regional final

Muskego blanks Vikings, 8-0, to advance

New Berlin West’s Bryan Watson collides with Pius XI second baseman Max Resch on July 8. Watson and his teammates beat Greenfield, but lost to Muskego in last week’s WIAA regional action.

New Berlin West’s Bryan Watson collides with Pius XI second baseman Max Resch on July 8. Watson and his teammates beat Greenfield, but lost to Muskego in last week’s WIAA regional action. Photo By Peter Zuzga

July 21, 2014

Eleventh-seeded New Berlin West jumped out to a 7-0 lead and coasted to an 8-3 victory July 15 at sixth-seeded Greenfield in the semifinals of the WIAA regional.

But then the Vikings (10-14) saw their chance to defend the title end on July 18 when Luke Thomka and Muskego (17-9) blanked them, 8-0, in the WIAA regional final at Muskego.

Thomka tossed a three-hitter, walked four and struck out 13 for the complete game win.

The game was closer than the score indicated, as the Warriors scored a run in the first, two in the third and one in the fifth for a 4-0 lead. But they then tacked on four runs in the sixth to end West's season.

Cory Liebherr pitched three innings, walking two and fanning three, and Adam Kanter pitched three innings, walked two and had a strikeout.

Semifinal win

In the win over Greenfield, the Vikings scored once in the first inning, twice in the third and then added a four spot in the sixth inning before the Hustlin' Hawks even got on the board with a three-run sixth inning. The Vikings then added a run in the sixth to close out the scoring.

In the first inning, Nate Egofske walked with one out, Andrew Knoll singled and Bryan Watson walked to load the bases off Greenfield starter Richard Thomas. After a strikeout, Nate Henrichs singled in Egofske for a 1-0 lead.

Knoll singled and stole second, Watson singled and went to second on an overthrow at third trying to get Knoll. Brennan Grossman then scored Knoll on a suicide squeeze. Henrichs then singled in Watson for a 3-0 lead.

Then the Vikings put the game away with their four-run sixth.

Bryan Marx doubled and Sean White was hit by a pitch. Allen Peil then tripled in both runners and scored on Egofske's grounder to second. Knoll and Watson then singled, moved up on a wild pitch and then Knoll scored the fourth run of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Grossman.

Marx scored the final run in the sixth on a single, a passed ball and Peil's single.

Double-digit hits

Peil led the 14-hit attack with three singles, a triple and three RBIs. Knoll had three singles, Henrichs had two singles and two RBIs, Watson had two hits and a run scored and Marx scored twice and added a single and a double.

Liebherr threw a complete game victory, working seven innings, allowing nine hits, three earned runs and four walks while fanning one.

The Vikings finished with four wins in their final six games despite the loss.

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