Brown Deer baseball '9' still competing hard in Woodland
Falcons win three league games last week
The Woodland Conference Eastern Division baseball standings have been the very definition of parity this season.
That's why first-year Falcons' coach Ron Hedrick was still optimistic going into this week about having an outside chance of a divisional title despite a 7-14 overall record.
Those hopes took a hit with a 5-2 loss to division leader Greenfield on Monday, July 7, but in Hedrick's mind, these are signs of progress for the program.
"That's what you play for, a chance in the end," he said.
The Falcons earned that opportunity with a 4-3 thriller over Wauwatosa West on Thursday, July 3. They had dropped a nonconference game by the same score to Cedarburg on Wednesday, July 2, and had swept St. Francis to start the week, beating them 19-9, on Tuesday, July 1, and 16-2, on Monday, June 30.
They will close out the regular season this week. They will host New Berlin West at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, while the make-up with Shorewood is slated for Friday at 5 p.m. at Henry Aaron Field. The WIAA tournament series will start with regional semifinals on Tuesday, July 15, and the Falcons are in the Whitefish Bay sectional.
In the loss to Greenfield on July 7, the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the third, but then the Hustlin' Hawks scored five runs over the next three innings to pull away. Brown Deer lost despite outhitting Greenfield, 9-5.
Mike Weeden threw five innings (four walks, four strikeouts) and took the loss while Ryan Hudson (RBI), Hunter Betts and Gerry Gilles all had two hits apiece.
Hedrick said the nine-inning victory over West was one of the team's best efforts on the year. Hudson started and pitched six strong innings (10 strikeouts and one walk) as Betts relieved him in the seventh, finishing the game and earning the win.
The Falcons took the lead at 3-2 in the top of the seventh only to have the Trojans tie it in the bottom of the frame. Betts knocked in the Falcons' run in the top of the inning.
Then in the ninth, Travis Trembly was hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and then after a strikeout, Betts came up big again with a two-out, RBI single.
In the bottom of the ninth, Betts worked around a two-out single, getting the the last batter to pop-up. He allowed three hits with one walk and one strikeout in three innings.
"It was a really good game," said Hedrick. "We had a couple of baserunning mistakes early that hurt us, but after the sixth inning I thought we played really well. The kids really stayed with it."
Cedarburg 4, Brown Deer 3: The Falcons had fallen behind 3-0 in the first to the host Bulldogs but rallied to tie it in the fourth. Cedarburg did win it with a run in the eighth. Weeden pitched a solid game going six innings with five strikeouts and four walks with Betts taking the loss in relief.
Sean Salem had two hits for the Falcons.
Brown Deer 19, St. Francis 9: The Falcons scored in all six innings including five in the fifth en route to the run-rule victory over the Mariners. Maurice Lucre had two doubles, scored three runs, and knocked in three runs while Gilles scored four runs and knocked in two more.
Brown Deer 16, St. Francis 2: In another run-rule shortened contest, the Falcons scored five in the third and six in the fourth to put the game away.
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