After a hot start to the season, Brookfield Central's baseball team hit a mini-skid in which it dropped three straight games.
The Lancers were able to get back on track a week ago, going 3-2 overall and 3-1 in Greater Metro contests to move to 9-6 and 7-4.
Brookfield Central opened last week with an 8-0 win over West Allis Central on June 12 behind a four-hit shutout by Adam Baade.
Nathan Denofre finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Zach Heckman was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
The Lancers then fell 4-0 to Oak Creek on June 13, mustering just six hits against Knights hurler Ben Ellifson.
Michael Vandenberg tossed a complete game, allowing just one earned run. Oak Creek scored three runs in the first and added another in the fourth. Jonathan Osman had two of Brookfield Central's six hits.
Brookfield Central continued to get strong pitching in 3-1 wins over Wauwatosa East on June 15 and over Brookfield East on June 16.
It was Michael Hinz shutting down the Red Raiders, surrendering one run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in a complete-game effort.
An RBI fielder's choice by MJ Houdek and a sacrifice fly by Nick Leszczynski gave the Lancers a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Tosa East pulled to within 2-1 in the third but Brookfield Central added an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by Baade in the fifth.
Baade threw his second complete game of the week to help Brookfield Central complete the two-game season sweep of Brookfield East.
The junior allowed one run on seven hits with two strikeouts.
Trailing 1-0, the Lancers scored three times in the fifth to grab the lead for good. Heckman scored on an error and Baade drove in Osman with a single for a 2-1 advantage. After a single by Houdek, Leszczynski singled home Baade to make it 3-1.
Brookfield Central closed the week with a 9-7 nonconference loss to Nicolet on June 17.
The Lancers scored five runs in the fifth and led 7-5 in the seventh before falling victim to a walk-off grand slam by Nicolet's Eli Winter.
James Dubois was 2-for-4 at the plate, while Mitchell Jones and Anthony Borowski each drove in a pair of runs. Dante Turkow, Max Meves, Sal Gambatese, Leszczynski and Heckman all pitched.
Brookfield East dropped three of the first four games it played last week before recovering to win a pair at the South Milwaukee Rocket Wood Bat Tournament on June 17.
The Spartans closed the week at 7-9 overall and 3-7 in the Greater Metro, having won seven of their last 11 games.
Brookfield East fell 11-1 to Franklin on June 12, as the Sabers scored six runs in the first and cruised from there.
Joe Serbiak took the loss on the mound and Will Owen pitched five innings in relief. Cole Vento was 2-for-3 at the plate.
The Spartans bounced back for an 11-9 win over Menomonee Falls on June 13.
Brookfield East scored in each of the first six innings to build an 11-4 lead before the Indians plated five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Sam Gauger, Serbiak and Danny Butler all had three hits in the win. Jack Steger, Serbiak and Butler combined to cover the seven innings on the mound.
East then was done in by a six-run fourth inning in a 7-5 loss to West Allis Central on June 15.
The Spartans led 5-1 entering the bottom of the fifth before the Bulldogs got to Joe Myrold for six runs. Myrold took the loss, allowing seven earned runs on 11 hits over six innings.
Brookfield East couldn't solve Adam Baade in a 3-1 loss to Brookfield Central on June 16. The Spartans could score just the lone run despite seven hits.
Serbiak was 3-for-4 with a triple and Joey Pagel was 2-for-3. Butler worked six innings with three strikeouts and Owen pitched a scoreless seventh.
The Spartans capped the week with a pair of wins at the South Milwaukee Rocket Wood Bat Tournament June 17, earning a 7-6 victory over Greenfield and a 4-2 win over South Milwaukee.
Brookfield East will return to South Milwaukee for the championship game on Saturday, June 24.