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This year, the annual series between New Berlin Eisenhower and New Berlin West had extra meaning, with the Vikings entering tied for first place in the Woodland West.

Eisenhower spoiled West's title hopes by taking both games, catching the Vikings in the standings in the process.

Greendale won the Woodland West with a 7-3 record in division games, with Pius XI Catholic finishing second at 6-4. Eisenhower and West then tied for third at 5-5.

New Berlin West

The Lions opened the two-game set with an 11-2 victory at New Berlin West on June 27 and completed the sweep with a 6-5 walk-off victory the following day.

In game one, Eisenhower turned a tie game into a 7-1 lead by scoring three runs in the third and fourth innings.

Boden Saikie earned the win by working six strong innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Trent Kelly pitched the seventh to close out the victory.

The Lions pounded out 15 hits, with Saikie and Bryce Wesling collecting three each. Ryan Potts homered on a line drive to left, while Joey Scaffidi and Jack Angiolo drove in two runs.

'Offensively, we played the best game of the season scoring 11 runs on 15 hits,' Eisenhower coach Mike Vahovick said. 'Boden Saikie was also dominant on the mound, scattering five hits through six innings and allowing just one earned run.'

West jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game, but Eisenhower rallied for four runs in the third to take the lead on a two-out, two-run triple by Scaffidi and an RBI single by Austin Stuckart.

The Lions added to their lead with a run in the fourth, but Vikings scored runs in the fifth and sixth to even the score at 5-5.

Angiolo led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch before being replaced by pinch-runner Sam Hluchnik. West then opted to intentionally walk Kelly, which led Vahovick to have Potts sacrifice the runners to second and third.

Gavin Beacom followed with a ball that hit off West pitcher Duran that allowed Hluchnik to come home with the winning run.

'This game was tight right down to the finish,' Vahovick said. 'The game changed momentum-wise and on the scoreboard when we took the lead in the third inning.'

Wesling walked three and struck out five over six innings on the mound. Scaffidi picked up the win by pitching a scoreless top of the seventh.

Whitnall

Eisenhower extended its winning streak to four games with a 3-0 victory over Whitnall on June 30.

The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and added another run in the third. That was enough for Scaffidi and Dylan Karvala, who combined on a four-hitter.

Scaffidi walked two and struck out two in two innings. Karvala gave Eisenhower five scoreless innings of relief with two walks and four strikeouts.

Stuckart led Eisenhower's offensive attack with two hits and two RBIs.

Up next

The Woodland Conference tournament is scheduled for July 5 and 6 at the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin. Eisenhower will wrap up its regular season with a home game against Whitefish Bay on July 8 and a game at Frame Park against Waukesha North on July 9.