After missing out on the championship bracket of the Woodland Conference tournament, New Berlin West's baseball team took care of business on the consolation side.
The Vikings won, 7-6, over South Milwaukee and 6-5 over New Berlin Eisenhower on July 5 before collecting a 7-1 victory over Brown Deer on July 6.
New Berlin West then closed the regular season with a pair of nonconference losses, falling by a 6-4 count to top-ranked West Bend West on July 7 and 9-1 to Kewaskum on July 8 to enter the playoffs with an 11-16 record.
The ninth-seeded Vikings were scheduled to play at eighth-seeded New Berlin Eisenhower in a regional semifinal Tuesday, July 11. The winner was to play at top-seeded Oak Creek in a regional final Wednesday, July 12.
New Berlin West scored four runs in the second and two more in the third to build a 6-1 lead over South Milwaukee.
The Rockets scored four runs in the seventh, but their comeback bid fell just short, as the Vikings held on for a 7-6 win.
Tyler Stoltenburg finished 2-for-3 at the plate.
Alex Redman picked up the win, working 6 2/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. T.J. Lukach came on in relief to record the final out of the game.
A five-run second inning allowed New Berlin West to build a big enough lead to withstand a late rally by Eisenhower in a 6-5 win.
The Vikings took a 5-0 lead and led 6-1 in the fourth before the Lions scored a pair of runs in the fourth and in the fifth.
Nick Paget was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Will Bush added a double and an RBI.
Blaise Spath tossed a complete game to earn the victory, allowing 10 hits with one walk and one strikeout.
New Berlin West closed out play in the consolation bracket of the Woodland Conference tournament with a 7-1 win over Brown Deer on July 6.
The Vikings scored twice in the second inning, once in the third and three times in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.
Paget continued to shine at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Stoltenburg and Mitch Primus each collected a pair of hits and Lukach drove in two runs.
Adam Siegel allowed just one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts for the win. Lukach struck out two in a scoreless seventh.
West Bend West/Kewaskum
After falling 6-4 to West Bend West on July 7, the Vikings lost 9-1 to Kewaskum in their regular-season finale July 8.
New Berlin West led 1-0 after two innings against Kewaskum, but the Indians took a 2-1 lead in the third and opened up the game with seven runs in the fourth.
Primus had a double and Nate Artenian drove in the lone run.
Four errors hurt the Vikings against Kewaskum, leading to eight unearned runs. Lukach allowed nine runs over 3 2/3 innings but just one run was earned. Stoltenburg gave up just two hits over 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.