There isn't an easy way for a team to have its season come to a close, but some endings are tougher to take than others. One out away from advancing in the WIAA baseball tournament, the New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team couldn't close out Cudahy.
The ninth-seeded Packers tied the game in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth in a 4-2 win over the eighth-seeded Lions in a regional game at Mike Neufeldt Field.
With Eisenhower leading 2-1 with two outs in the seventh, Cudahy's Dylan Maxwell kept the game alive by drawing a walk on a 3-2 pitch. Brandon Stachowiak followed with a single to right to move the tying run into scoring position.
Lion starter Boden Saikie, who twirled a gem for Eisenhower, walked Danny Hahn to load the bases. Reliever Bryce Wesling then walked Sam Wojs to force in the tying run. Wesling recovered to strike out Sam Sagan to keep the game tied.
After Wesling retired the first two batters he faced in the eighth, Alex Valine and Dawson Povolo hit consecutive singles and Brandon Ray reached on an infield single to load the bases.
Stachowiak then plated Valine and Povolo with a single to left that put Cudahy up 4-2.
The Lions didn't go quietly in the bottom of the eighth, as Austin Stuckart drew a one-out walk off Stachowiak, and Ty Kelly followed with a base hit to left. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third, but Stachowiak got a fly ball to center and a groundout to second to end the game.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the second, Wesling legged out an infield single to put Eisenhower up 1-0. Cudahy tied the game in the fourth on an RBI double by Austin Pielsnik that scored Rusty Murphy, who reached earlier in the inning on an error.
Wesling reached on an error, stole second, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a squeeze bunt by Stuckart to put the Lions in front, 2-1, in the fifth.
Saikie allowed just one earned run on three hits with four strikeouts over 62/3 innings for Eisenhower. Stachowiak threw all eight innings for Cudahy, surrendering just two unearned runs on six hits with five strikeouts.
The Lions, which entered the tournament having won three of their last four, finished the season at 16-15.