With Rob Zolecki dealing on the mound, it appeared as if a single run scored in the first inning was going to be plenty for Muskego to take down West Allis Hale in a regional final.
Pitching with a one-run lead for most of the game, Zolecki allowed just one hit over 6⅓ innings before Bryce Schure came on to record the final two outs.
The Warriors offense eventually provided Zolecki with a cushion, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away for an 8-0 win.
Fourth-seeded Muskego will face top-seeded Oak Creek in a sectional semifinal Monday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. at New Berlin Eisenhower. The winner will face either second-seeded Franklin or third-seeded Greendale in the sectional final July 17 at 4:30 p.m.
Schure led off the bottom of the first with a double to left and was sacrificed to third by Frankie Cistaro. Alex Kalisnig then put the Warriors in front 1-0 with a sacrifice fly to center.
Kalisnig started the seven-run sixth inning with a single. He then stole second and scored on a base hit to right field by Mike Lehner. After a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Zizzo, Sam Platow flew out to right for the second out of the inning.
Hale's third baseman then misplayed a ground ball hit by Matt Auble. Instead of the final out of the inning being recorded, Lehner scored to make it 3-0, and the floodgates opened.
After Kyle Hammitt doubled home Auble for a 4-0 lead, Nick Moll was hit by a pitch and Schure reached on an infield single to load the bases.
Cistaro and Kalisnig followed with consecutive two-run singles to bust the game open.
Zolecki recorded a strike out to start the seventh before being forced to exit due to pitch count restrictions. Schure came on to get a pair of fly outs to end the game.
The lone hit of the game from Hale was a bunt single by Austin Mudgett in the sixth inning. Zolecki allowed just the one hit with two walks and nine strikeouts over 6⅓ innings. Schure retired the only two batters he faced.
Kalisnig was 2-for-2 with three RBIs, while Cistaro drove in a pair of runs. Hammitt and Lehner also had multiple hits.