It had all the makings of a storybook ending for the New Berlin West baseball team.
Not only did the Vikings have a chance to play their rivals from New Berlin Eisenhower on consecutive days last week, but two wins over the Lions would have meant a share of the Woodland West division championship.
Instead, Eisenhower took both games from West, routing the Vikings, 11-2, on June 27 and winning, 6-5, on a walk-off single on June 28.
West entered its final two division games tied for first place with Greendale. The Panthers swept Wauwatosa West to win the outright Woodland West title at 7-3 in division games. Pius XI Catholic finished second at 6-4, while West and Eisenhower tied for third at 5-5.
New Berlin Eisenhower
In the first game, Eisenhower scored three runs in the third and three more in the fourth to turn a tie game into a 7-1 lead.
Corey Liebherr took the loss for the Vikings, allowing six earned runs on 10 hits over four innings. Alex Redman walked four while giving up four runs on five hits in three innings of relief.
Trevor Duran went 2-for-3 with two doubles for West, which was held to five hits by Lion pitchers Boden Saikie and Trent Kelly.
West grabbed a 3-0 lead to start the game at Eisenhower on June 28, but the Lions scored four times in the third and once more in the fifth to take a 5-3 advantage. The resilient Vikings didn't fold, putting up single runs in the fifth and sixth to tie the game.
A single and a wild pitch put the winning run at second base with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh for Eisenhower. After an intentional walk and a sacrifice bunt, Gavin Beacom won the game for the Lions with a base hit off Duran.
Oscar Delvalle, Nate Egofske and Nick Paget each had two hits for West, while Duran drove in a pair of runs.
Will Bush was hit for four earned runs on eight hits over five innings. Duran surrendered just two hits in his 11/3 innings of relief. He kept the Lions off the board in the sixth before allowing the winning run in the seventh.
West bounced back from its losses to Eisenhower with a 15-1 rout of Shorewood in five innings on June 30, improving to 13-9 on the year.
The Vikings scored six in the second and eight in the third to take a commanding 14-1 lead. Paget homered and drove in three runs. Liebherr and Matt Obradovich each added two hits and three RBIs.
Redman earned the win on the mound by holding the Greyhounds to one run over five innings.
The Woodland West tournament was scheduled for July 5 and 6 at the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin. West will then close its regular season with a nonconference game at 5:30 p.m July 8 at Menomonee Falls.