Entering last week having lost seven of its last eight games, New Berlin West's baseball team needed a spark as the season crossed its midway point.
Nick Paget may have provided just that when he launched a walk-off grand slam to help the Vikings to a win over Greendale on June 12.
The blast also propelled New Berlin West to a 4-1 week, improving the Vikings to 7-8 overall and 5-5 in the Woodland West.
Nick Paget stepped to the plate with the game on the line and delivered for New Berlin West on June 12, hitting a walk-off grand slam to lead the Vikings to a 5-3 win over Pewaukee.
New Berlin West came back the following day to complete the sweep of the Panthers with a 9-6 victory.
The Vikings trailed 3-0 entering the bottom of the seventh. Nate Miller started the rally with a one-out double but Adam Siegel then lined out for the second out.
Tyler Stoltenburg kept New Berlin West alive with a base hit and T.J. Lukach followed with a single to score Miller to cut it to 3-1. Greendale then turned to closer Griffin Doersching, who walked Mitch Primus to load the bases.
Paget worked the count full before sending a grand slam out to left field to win the game.
Will Bush worked five innings on the mound for New Berlin West, allowing three earned runs and striking out six. Blaise Spath picked up the win after throwing two scoreless innings of relief.
A seven-run sixth inning propelled the Vikings on June 13. All seven runs were scored with two outs, as New Berlin West turned a 3-2 deficit into a 9-3 lead.
Matt Obradovich got things going with a double and Nate Artenian followed with a bunt single. Siegel drove in Obradovich to tie the game and Stoltenburg singled home Artenian to give New Berlin West the lead. Joey Dimotto and Primus added run-scoring singles before Paget and Bush hit consecutive RBI doubles.
Artenian, Dimotto and Obradovich each had two hits and Paget, Stoltenburg and Dimotto had two RBIs each. Alex Redman allowed five earned runs over five innings and Lukach closed out the game by giving up one run with three strikeouts over two innings.
New Berlin West used the momentum it gained with the sweep of Greendale to grab a 9-5 win over South Milwaukee on June 15.
The Vikings scored five times in the first inning to take an early lead, as Paget and Nate Egofske had RBI singles in the frame.
South Milwaukee pulled to within 5-4 in the third, but New Berlin West went up 7-4 in the fifth by scoring a run on an error and another on a wild pitch. After the Rockets added a run on an error in the sixth, the Vikings grabbed insurance runs on an RBI single by Paget and a sacrifice fly by Bush.
Paget finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Primus was 2-for-3. Siegel gave up three earned runs over four innings before giving way to Dimotto for three strong innings out of the bullpen in which he did not allow an earned run.
South Milwaukee Wood Bat Tournament
The Vikings went 1-1 in the opening weekend of the South Milwaukee Rocket Wood Bat Tournament on June 17, falling into the consolation bracket with a 9-7 loss to Menomonee Falls before collecting a 10-0 win over Southeast Wisconsin Christian Homeschool.
By downing SWCHA, New Berlin West will play Greenfield in the fifth-place game of the tournament at South Milwaukee at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24.
New Berlin West jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning against Menomonee Falls, but the Indians answered with four in the bottom of the frame and two in the second before taking the lead for good with three in the fourth.
Matt Schmidt was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Paget finished 2-for-3. Lukach pitched two innings and Cole Cantwell threw five innings.
Spath capped the week for the Vikings by throwing a five-inning no-hitter against SWCHA.
Paget led the offense with three hits, including a triple. Egofske was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs and Artenian doubled and drove in a pair.