With the regular season winding down, Muskego's baseball team needed a big week in order to stay in the Classic 8 Conference title race.
The Warriors did their part by going 4-0 in league games with nonconference wins over West Allis Hale and Sussex Hamilton mixed in for a perfect 6-0 week to move to 14-8 overall and 12-6 in the Classic 8.
Entering the final conference two-game series of the year, Kettle Moraine and Waukesha North were tied for first place at 13-5. Muskego could still clinch a share of the league title because the Lasers and Northstars were scheduled to play each other Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6.
The Warriors needed to sweep two games from Mukwonago and have Kettle Moraine and Waukesha North split in order for the Classic 8 title to be split three ways.
Muskego began the week with a two-game sweep of Waukesha West, winning 4-3 on June 26 and 4-2 on June 27.
The Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the third inning of the second game on a two-run single by Mike Lehner.
Waukesha West answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to tie the game. Muskego regained the lead in the fifth when Kyle Hamitt drew a bases-loaded walk.
The Warriors added an insurance run on an RBI single by Ryan Zizzo that played Sam Platow in the sixth.
Bryce Schure started on the mound and did not allow an earned run with four walks and three strikeouts over three innings. Lehner came on out of the bullpen and did not allow a baserunner and recorded two strikeouts in four innings of work to earn the victory.
West Allis Hale
After taking down Waukesha West in the second game of the series June 27, Muskego traveled to Miller Park to collect a 4-3, eight-innings victory over West Allis Hale.
Muskego took care of business against last-place and winless Waukesha South, claiming a 5-1 victory on June 29 and a 12-2 win on June 30.
The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the first game of the series on an RBI single by Lehner.
With the game tied at 1-1, Muskego scored three times in the fourth to take control. Schure plated the first run of the inning on an RBI groundout and Alex Kalisnig made it 3-1 with sacrifice fly. Lehner capped the inning with a single to left that scored Frankie Cistaro.
Muskego went up 5-1 in the sixth on an RBI double by Hammit.
Ryan Mass started on the mound and didn't allow and earned run despite five walks over four innings. Lehner pitched three scoreless innings to close out the win and was 2-for-4 with two RBIs at the plate.
A six-run second inning allowed Muskego to take control early in a 12-2 win on June 30.
Sam Platow gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the first inning. Schure began the second inning outburst with a run-scoring single. Kalisnig hit an RBI double that increased the lead to 3-0, a run scored on an error, Platow drove in a run with a single and the final tally of the inning came in on a passed ball.
Muskego added on with a Kalisnig sacrifice fly in the third and an error that plated a run in the fourth.
The Warriors ended the game by run rule with three in the sixth, scoring on a fielder's choice by A.J. Spychala, a double by Andrew Buelow and a single by Drew Iverson.
Platow finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Iverson and Lehner each had two hits.
Buelow threw a six-inning complete game for the victory, allowing two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts.
Muskego collected a 1-0 victory over Sussex Hamilton on July 1 despite having just one hit.
The Warriors scored the lone run of the game in the fourth inning, as Platow walked, moved to second on an error and scored on a two-out single by Nick Moll.
Rob Zolecki pitched six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts, limiting the Chargers to just four hits and three walks. Schure pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the save.