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Franklin baseball team continuing to search for answers to struggles

Sabers cannot find consistency

June 24, 2014

Veteran Franklin baseball coach Jim Hughes is perplexed.

Hughes cannot find the answers as to why his team is struggling to find any consistency so far this season.

"We're moving along, but we're not making the necessary progress to move forward the way we want to," Hughes said. "We start to move forward, but then we fall back. We do something good, but then something bad happens. I'm not sure where we're going."

Last week started out badly with losses of 3-1 to Marquette on June 16 and 5-3 to West Allis Central on June 17.

The Sabers played well but fell to powerful Oak Creek on June 19 (see separate story), but then things picked up for them.

They downed Sussex Hamilton 5-3 on June 20 and wrapped up the week by earning a split in their own wood bat tournament on June 21, beating Wauwatosa West 6-0 but falling to Germantown 6-2 in the title game.

Franklin came into this week at an uncharacteristic 5-7 in the Greater Metro Conference and 7-13 overall.

Franklin 5, Hamilton 3: Nick Pescheck went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in and two runs scored, while Sammy Harmeyer and Jacob Behlendorf each had two hits.

Ben Zwitter worked a complete game for the victory, striking out seven and walking two.

The Sabers collected 11 hits and tallied four runs in the fourth inning to take control and gain a season sweep over the Chargers.

Franklin 6, Tosa West 0: Will Toetz tossed a four-hitter and struck out seven, while Pescheck and Austin Manning each drove in two runs in the opener of the wood bat tournament. Franklin nursed a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fourth, when it exploded for five runs.

Germantown 6, Franklin 2: Parker Plume totaled two hits, but the Sabers managed only six hits as a team and committed three errors.

Central 5, Franklin 3: The Sabers collected 13 hits as Austin Meyer went 3-for-4 and Harmeyer went 2-for-4. Pescheck brought in one run for Franklin, which tallied two runs in the top of the first but then struggled on offense.

Marquette 3, Franklin 1: Zwitter pitched a solid game over six innings, but the Sabers could not manufacture much offense.

"Our pitching has been adequate, good enough for us to have a better record than we have," Hughes said, "but we just don't hit in the clutch. We're looking for 'Mr. Clutch,' but we can't find him."

The Sabers host Brookfield East at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 26, and are then off until Monday, June 30, when they welcome West Allis Hale in a 5:30 game. They play Wauwatosa East at Breitlow Field at 5:30 Tuesday, July 1.

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