Jacob Breider and Jake Homan both pitched strong games to help the Muskego baseball team sweep Waukesha West and creep closer to the Classic 8 Conference crown.
Breider allowed six hits with seven strikeouts in a 5-2 triumph over the Wolverines on June 27, and Homan gave up two hits and struck out five in a 4-1 victory on June 28.
The sweep, coupled with a 19-1 romp over Waukesha South on June 30, boosted Muskego to 14-2 in the conference, 31/2 games ahead of Waukesha North (10-5) for the conference lead.
The Warriors played South again on July 1, after press time for this issue, and could clinch at least a tie for the title with a victory.
Muskego concluded conference play against Mukwonago on July 5 and 6 and will play West Bend West at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, in the regular-season finale.
The WIAA tournament will begin next week, and the brackets were to be announced last weekend, again after press time.
In the June 27 contest, Breider was in command early but struggled a bit toward the end of the game, finishing with six walks.
'In the first five innings, he had good control, but he got tired late in the game and walked some people,' coach Jacob Paige said. 'Also, our defense was not the best; we missed some plays we should have made.'
Alex Kalisnig paced the offense with a double and three runs batted in; Michael Frasher went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI; and Ryan Zizzo 2-for-4 with a double for the Warriors, who tallied four runs in the fourth inning.
In the second West game, Homan allowed a solo run in the top of the first but nothing after that.
'He threw his curveball for strikes,' Paige said. 'When he does that, he is effective.'
Ryan Tobin doubled and brought in three runs to lead the attack.
Paige could not say whether Breider or Homan was his top pitcher.
'Both have pitched so well here lately,' the coach said. 'It's nice to have two pitchers who can consistently throw strikes every time out.'
Against South on June 30, the Warriors racked up seven runs in the first inning and 10 in the fourth to win in five innings.
Caleb Wagner collected three hits with two doubles and two RBIs, and Frasher also had three hits with a double and two RBIs for Muskego, which totaled 15 hits.
Rob Zolecki pitched, allowing three hits with six strikeouts.