Menomonee Falls (28-7) won its first State Summer Baseball championship with a six-inning, 11-0 shutout over Franklin (27-8) in the tournament final Friday at Kapco Park in Mequon, Wis.
The Indians scored three runs in each of the first two innings to take command of the game. The rallies were ignited by five hits and four critical Franklin errors. They added five runs in the sixth inning fueled by a pair of Franklin errors and four hits, including a two-run double by Myles Mayer.
Zack Kornburger led the Indians’ offensive attack with three hits, including a double three runs scored, and Lucas Kiel added a pair of hits to go with his six shutout innings to earn the victory.
Franklin committed six errors in the game, leading to nine unearned runs. Mike Davis collected two of the Sabers’ five hits.
Franklin finishes runner-up for the second time to go with two State titles. Those came in 2010 and 2011.
Menomonee Falls advanced to the final with an 8-3 victory over Pewaukee (24-11) in the semifinals. Trailing 3-2 in the fourth inning, the Indians exploded for six runs on just two hits. Ty Weber collected the big hit with a two-run triple. He led the Indians at the plate with two hits and was credited with the victory, striking out six in five innings.
The Pirates were led at the plate by Matt Clark’s two hits. It was the third State appearance for Pewaukee.
Franklin advanced to the title game with an 11-4 win over Plymouth (23-7) in the semifinals. The Sabers led 3-1 before scoring five runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to secure the victory.
Parker Plume belted three hits, including a tournament game record two triples and a double. Jacob Gain also tied the record for triples in a game with two and drove in five runs. Mike Davis, Sammy Harmeyer, Malik Flores and David Schmidt each add two hits apiece to spearhead the Sabers 16-hit attack. Their five triples in the game set a State Tournament record.
Joe Fortman tossed five innings to record the win and received relief help from Ryan Busalacchi.
Plymouth got a pair of hits from Zac Cain and Cole Karcewski . The Panthers participated in their 12th State Tournament.