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New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team wins regional championship

Lions defeat Cudahy, South Milwaukee to win title

July 21, 2014

New Berlin Eisenhower got solid pitching from a veteran and two freshmen and rolled to the WIAA regional championship last week.

First of all, it took Eisenhower senior pitcher Peyton Cypress a couple batters to get started, but when he settled in, Cudahy had no chance.

As a result, Cypress tossed a three-hitter and fanned 12 batters in a 5-1 WIAA semifinal regional win on July 16 at Eisenhower.

His strikeout total was two less than his career best 14, which he had against South Milwaukee on June 19, when he tossed a three-hitter in a 6-2 win.

Cypress started the game by hitting the leadoff hitter and then walking the second hitter before striking out the next three batters. Then he struck out one, two, two, two, one and one batter per inning the rest of the way.

"I threw a lot of balls in the bullpen," Cypress said. "After I walked the guy, I stepped back, took a breath and got dialed in from there. My defense played well and when there was a threat, I focused on the hitter."

Five runs was enough

The Lions scored two runs in the second and sixth innings and one in the fifth against the Packers to coast to the win.

Steve Hegeman walked to lead off the second and after a deep fly to center field, Ryan Macho singled to center. Nick Dreyer was then hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Sophomore catcher Gavin Beacom, the day's hitting star, then hit a hard ground ball single down the right field line scoring Hegeman and Macho for a 2-0 lead.

Dreyer then led off the fifth with an infield hit to short and took third on an overthrow to first. Matt Cavanaugh had a hit to short, moving Dreyer to third. Nick Vasic then singled to left, scoring Dreyer, for a 3-0 lead.

After Cudahy scored in the top of the sixth, Eisenhower answered with two runs of their own.

Cypress tripled to right field and Bryce Wesling came in as a courtesy runner. Hegeman singled to center, scoring Wesling, stole second and went to third on a grounder to second. After a strikeout, Dreyer walked.

Once again the left-handed batting Beacom came through, reaching out and slicing a single down the left field line, driving in Hegeman for the 5-1 lead.

"I was a little worried at first because he had nine days rest," coach Mike Vahovick said. "That's a little scary. He had a 'bullpen' there, but that's a 'bullpen' (throwing session).

"But he settled down and he really worked out of situations. I thought he pitched well today. He realized the situation, he adapted to it and he made the pitches he had to make."

Beacom was the hitting star for the Lions.

"He did a great job," Cypress said of his battery mate Beacom, and coach Vahovick agreed.

"He went to the plate with some confidence and he did what he was asked to do," he said. "Last week we struggled with our hitting, so on Monday, we focused on our hitting. That's all we did was hit."

Regional championship

Another fine pitching performance — this time by freshmen Joey Scaffidi and Bryce Wesling — sparked the Lions to a 9-2 rout over the Rockets at South Milwaukee on July 18 and the WIAA regional championship.

Scaffidi started and worked four innings, allowing three hits, two unearned runs, one walk and two strikeouts to earn the win. Wesling finished up with three innings of relief, allowing one hit and a walk while striking out three batters to earn the save.

The Lions scored three in the first, South Milwaukee added two in the third, to cut the lead to 3-2. But then Eisenhower scored one run in the fifth and five in the sixth to take a 9-2 lead and coast for the win.

Scaffidi singled, doubled, scored three times, stole two bases, walked and drove in two runs to highlight a busy and successful day of work.

Cypress and sophomore Trent Kelly each added a double and two RBIs, while Vasic singled, doubled, scored twice and stole a base.

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