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The Classic 8 Conference baseball standings feature five of the league's six teams bunched up in a logjam, as teams continue to split the two-game series they play against each other.

Muskego did just that last week, splitting with Mukwonago on June 12 and 13 and Waukesha North on June 15 and 16. 

The 2-2 week left Muskego at 8-7 overall and 7-5 in league play, two games behind first-place Kettle Moraine at 9-3 and one back of second-place Waukesha North at 8-4.

Mukwonago

Muskego couldn't hold an early lead in a 6-5 loss in eight innings to Mukwonago on June 12 but recovered to claim a 5-0 win over the Indians on June 13.

The Warriors went up 3-0 in the first game only to watch the Indians score twice in the fourth and even the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth. 

Alex Kalinig singled with two outs, stole second and scored on a hit by Ryan Zizzo to give Muskego a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh. Mukwonago answered in the bottom half, as Cobie Anderson led off the frame with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on an error.

Muskego struck again with two outs in the top of the eighth, as Kyle Hammit doubled and came in on a base hit by Nick Moll. 

But Mukwonago rallied again, using a leadoff walk, a passed ball and a single to tie the game. Mike Lehner got a strikeout with the winning run on third and one out, but Anderson followed with a single to win the game for the Indians.

Kalisnig went 3-for-3, Lehner was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Brady Bloomer had a pair of hits and Moll drove in two runs. 

Ryan Mass helped Muskego bounce back by allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings on June 13. Andrew Buelow completed the shutout by striking out a pair in the seventh.

Moll put the Warriors up in the second with a single that scored a run. An error on the play allowed another run to cross the plate to make it 2-0. Three errors and a passed ball helped Muskego score three more runs in the fourth.

Lehner and Hammit each had two hits in the win and Moll drove in two runs for the second straight day. 

Waukesha North

Similar to the Mukwonago series, Muskego opened its two-game set with Waukesha North with an extra-innings loss.

This time the Warriors rallied late to force extra frames, but the Northstars plated the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth and hung on for a 3-2 win June 15.

Lehner gave Muskego a 1-0 lead with a RBI single in the first, but Waukesha North scored single tallies in the fourth and fifth to take a 2-1 advantage. 

Kalisnig tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth with a two-out RBI triple that plated Lehner, who led off the inning with a double. An error and a stolen base put the go-ahead run at second for the Northstars in the ninth. James Winters then came through with a base hit to make it 3-2.

Rob Zolecki surrendered just one earned run over five innings and Lehner didn't give up an earned run in three innings. Buelow also threw a scoreless frame.

The Warriors bounced back by pounding out 18 hits in a 12-4 win over Waukesha North on June 16.

Muskego trailed 4-1 after two innings before scoring a run in the third. An RBI double by Zizzo and a run-scoring single by Kalisnig tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth. The Warriors then scored five times in the sixth to take control. Zizzo drew a bases-loaded walk and Lehner was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Sam Platow singled in a pair. Matt Auble capped the inning with a sacrifice fly.

Kalisnig hit a two-run triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Zizzo in the seventh.

Zizzo was 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs. Kalisnig was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and Frankie Cistaro also had three hits.

Buelow started and allowed four runs over two innings. Schure came on to pick up the win in relief by throwing five innings without allowing an earned run.

 

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