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Falcons almost perfect in busy week

Whitnall sweeps Lions, beats G-town

June 25, 2012

Greenfield - Only a one-run slugfest loss kept the Whitnall baseball team from a perfect slate last week.

The Falcons won five of their six games, highlighted by a two-game sweep over Woodland Conference rival New Berlin Eisenhower and a triumph over North Shore Conference leader Germantown.

They topped the Lions, 7-3 on June 18 and 5-3 on June 19, then tipped Brown Deer, 6-5, on June 21. They dropped a 10-9 nailbiter to West on Friday but rebounded by downing Pius XI, 9-2, and Germantown, 4-2, in a doubleheader on Saturday.

Whitnall went into this week at 8-3 in the Woodland Black Division, a half game behind leader Greendale (8-2) and 10-5 overall. After starting the season 1-3, the Falcons had won nine of 11 games.

They will visit Pewaukee at Waukesha County Technical College at 5 p.m. Thursday and Hartland Arrowhead at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. They will then meet Greenfield on the road twice next week, with 5 p.m. games on Monday and Tuesday.

Whitnall 7, Eisenhower 3: Josh Serio picked up the victory, allowing six hits while striking out eight and walking none. Brent Sluka went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs batted in, while Luke Mentkowski was 2-for-4 with a double, triple and RBI. Ian Ray brought in three runs and John Caron went 3-for-3.

Whitnall 5, Eisenhower 3: The Falcons completed the sweep as Ray gave up seven hits and fanned seven in a complete game.

Zach Sutton had two hits and drove in one run, while Mentkowski, Caron and Sluka each brought in one run for the Falcons, who scored all their runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

Head coach Ben Krey appreciated the pitching efforts of Serio and Ray.

"They kept the hitters off-balance," Krey said. "Serio throws hard, and with Ray, every one of his pitches moves. The other key was that we had excellent two-out hitting in both games."

Krey said it was an accomplishment to sweep the Lions.

"They are usually at the top of the conference, so this is big," he said.

Whitnall 6, Brown Deer 5: Sam Mentkowski worked five innings to earn the victory and Luke Mentkowski finished up for the save. Serio was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs and Ray doubled and also drove in a run.

New Berlin West 10, Whitnall 9: The Vikings tallied seven runs in the fourth to build a 10-4 lead, but the Falcons rallied and nearly pulled out the game.

"West hits the ball hard, and we knew that," Krey said. "We just had that one meltdown inning where they (the Vikings) scored the seven runs. To our credit, though, we battled back."

Ray totaled three hits, driving in two runs, and Luke Mentkowski and Sutton each brought in two runs. Serio worked 3 1/3 innings, striking out seven but taking the loss.

Whitnall 4, Germantown 2: Nick Cimler hurled a three-hitter to shut down the powerful Warhawks ,while Luke Mentkowski was 2-for-3, including an RBI double in the first inning, and Sam Mentkowski was 2-for-2. Serio also brought in one run.

Whitnall 9, Pius XI 2: Michael Radavich tossed a four-hitter and Sam Mentkowski went 3-for-4 with a two-run single, an RBI single and a triple. Serio belted a two-run home run in the sixth.

Both games on Saturday were played at the new Kapco Park on the Concordia University campus.

"That is a beautiful ballpark and a great environment for the kids," Krey said. "Since we have no home field this year, we wanted to do something like this for them."

The WIAA state tournament will be played at Kapco Park in July, a fact that did not escape Krey's notice.

"We were hoping this (doubleheader) would give them a taste for this and make them want to return here," he said.

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