A baseball game became a battle of wills for Muskego and Greendale in a WIAA sectional semifinal contest on July 18 at South Milwaukee.
First, the Warriors, and later the Panthers, rallied from large deficits, and Muskego ultimately prevailed, 11-10, when Greendale left the tying run at third base in the top of the seventh inning.
What began as a pitching duel between Greendale's Mike Jankowiak and Muskego's Jacob Breider took a decided turn toward offense midway through the game.
The Panthers were up 3-1 heading into the top of the fourth inning when they loaded the bases on singles from Kennedy Steinberg and Bohan Lee and a walk to Jankowiak. Mitchell Gnadt then lined a three-run double to center field to increase the lead to 6-1.
Muskego answered immediately by tallying five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Brett Finke, Ryan Tobin and Ryan Zizzo all singled in runs and David Petfalski drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in another run. The fifth run scored on an error, and when the inning was over, the game was tied at 6-6.
The Warriors added five more runs in the fifth with plenty of help from Greendale, which issued six walks and was hurt by a dropped fly ball which let in two runs.
Alex Kalisnig brought in one run with a sacrifice fly and Frankie Cistaro singled in the infield for another to put Muskego up 11-6.
Muskego sent 11 batters to the plate in both the fourth and fifth, but the Panthers answered with a big inning of their own in the sixth, pushing across four runs and sending 10 batters to home plate.
Luke Stephenson and Jaelen Johnson singled in runs and Lee brought in two more with a single. The damage would have been even worse if not for a 1-2-3 double play turned by the Warriors.
Muskego's Jake Homan got the final out in the sixth and went out again for the seventh. Gnadt walked, took second on a bunt from Stephenson and third on a passed ball, but Homan struck out one hitter and retired Cam Anders on a groundout, with a close play at first, to end the game.
'Both teams showed a lot of heart,' Greendale coach Brian Johnsen said. 'I couldn't be more proud of our team. We laid everything out there on the line, and that's all I can ask for.'
Muskego coach Jacob Paige said, 'I've had so much fun with these guys this year. This senior group is special. I can't say enough about this group.'