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Brookfield Central baseball claims fifth seed for Greater Metro Conference tournament

By Andrew Gruman , 07/11/17, 1:00AM CDT

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By beginning last week with a win over Franklin, Brookfield Central's baseball team opened the door to the possibility of earning a home game in the quarterfinals of the Greater Metro Conference tournament.

However, the Lancers dropped their final two league games, falling 3-0 to Menomonee Falls on June 28 and 2-1 to Oak Creek on June 30, to finish in a fourth-place tie with the Indians at 11-7. 

Brookfield Central (17-9 overall) went 0-2 against Menomonee Falls in the regular season, leaving the Indians to host the fifth-seeded Lancers in a quarterfinal game Monday, July 3. The semifinals and championship game of the Greater Metro Conference tournament were slated for Thursday, July 6 at Kapco Park. 

Menomonee Falls

The Lancers were held to just three hits in a 3-0 loss to Menomonee Falls on June 28. 

Menomonee Falls scored its three runs early off Brookfield Central starter Adam Baade, scoring once in the first inning before adding a pair of runs in the second.

Baade settled in to pitch a complete game, finishing with three earned runs allowed on eight hits and a walk. 

Zach Heckman, MJ Houdek and Nathan Denofre had hits for the Lancers. 

West Allis Central

Brookfield Central had little trouble getting past West Allis Central on June 29, routing the Bulldogs, 13-1.

Houdek went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs to lead the Lancers offensive attack that hammered out 17 hits in six innings.

Johnathan Osman was 3-for-5 with an RBI, Denofre was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Heckman and Harrison Phillips each had two hits.

Michael Vandenberg earned the win by working five innings without allowing an earned run. Max Meves came on to pitch a scoreless sixth.      

Oak Creek

Dante Turkow and Sal Gambatese held down a potent Oak Creek offense, but the Lancers fell just short of an upset of the conference-champion Knights in a 2-1 loss June 30.

Meves gave the Lancers a 1-0 lead with a two-out RBI single in the second inning. 

Oak Creek evened the game in the third and took a 2-1 lead with a tally in the fourth. The Lancers mustered just four hits against Alex Behr and Logan Oelschlager, with three of those knocks coming from Osman.                                                    

Turkow allowed just one earned run over 4 1/3 innings. Gambatese kept Oak Creek off the scoreboard over the final 2 2/3 innings. 

Greenfield/West Bend East

Brookfield Central picked up a pair of wins July 1, first earning a 7-3 win over West Bend East before claiming an 11-6 victory over Greenfield in a continuation game. 

The Lancers fell behind 3-0 in the first inning against West Bend East but scored four times in the fourth to take the lead and added on with three in the sixth.

Nick Leszcynski and James Dubois each drove in a pair of runs, while Houdek and Baade were 2-for-4.  

Heckman earned the win by allowing just two earned runs over six innings. Baade pitched a scoreless seventh. 

Brookfield Central then traveled to Greenfield to pick up a suspended game it led 5-4 in the bottom of the third inning. The Hustlin' Hawks plated a pair of runs right away in the third, but the Lancers controlled the rest of the game, scoring three in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh to pull away.

Denofre went 4-for-4 with an RBI in the win. Baade was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Houdek had two hits and two RBIs and Leszcynski was 2-for-5.