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Franklin baseball team still searching for some consistency in 2014

Sabers dealing with bad breaks

June 17, 2014

About the only consistent aspect of the Franklin baseball team's season so far is its run of bad luck.

Last week's events were typical of the misfortune that has dogged the Sabers in 2014.

The Sabers have already lost some key players to injury, and catcher Jacob Behlendorf joined that list last week when he was run over at the plate and hurt his jaw.

Behlendorf was coming off games against Brookfield Central in which he drove in two runs and Brookfield East in which he brought in four runs.

"We still have (infielder) Mike Davis out after his appendix was removed," said head coach Jim Hughes. "It just keeps piling up."

The good news is that Behlendorf was expected back this week.

Up and down

Meanwhile, Franklin is still searching for consistent performances. The Sabers played well before losing 6-4 to Central on June 9, and then downed East 7-3 on June 10.

Hughes thought his team was finally putting things together, but then the Sabers laid a huge egg in losing 10-9 to Wauwatosa East in 10 innings on June 13.

Franklin committed seven errors and failed to take full advantage of five Tosa East miscues. Pitchers Joe Fortman and Ben Zwitter struggled as well.

"We played our worst game of the year," Hughes said. "I had no idea we would play like that. It just wasn't there."

Chad Walton collected two hits and two runs batted in, while Sammy Harmeyer drove in two runs, and Austin Meyer had two hits.

Despite all its troubles, Franklin still had a chance to win, loading the bases in the 10th inning, but the game ended on a popup.

In the June 10 victory over Brookfield East, Behlendorf drove in four runs, and Nick Pescheck had two hits and scored two runs. Pitchers Kyle Cortez and Jacob Gain combined to hold the Spartans to seven hits.

Against Brookfield Central on June 9, Fortman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, Pescheck 2-for-4 with two doubles, Meyer 3-for-4 and Behlendorf 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Fortman also pitched a complete-game victory.

Oak Creek next

The Sabers came into this week at 4-4 in the Greater Metro Conference and 5-9 overall. They welcome GMC leader Oak Creek at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 19, and Sussex Hamilton at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 20.

They will host a wood bat tournament on Saturday, June 21. They play Waukesha West at 9 a.m., and Mukwonago will meet Germantown at 11:30 a.m. The losers play at 2 p.m. and the winners at 4:30 p.m.

They will then visit Menomonee Falls at 5:30 p.n. Monday, June 23, and Brookfield Central at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 24.

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