Brookfield Central (29-6) won its fourth State Summer Baseball Championship with a 9-2 victory over Homestead (26-8) in the championship game of the 2014 State Summer Baseball Tournament Friday at Kapco Field in Mequon, Wis.
It’s the fourth State title for the Lancers, who tie Oak Creek for the most titles among member schools. Homestead finishes runner-up for the second time in its nine appearances at State, which includes three championships.
The Lancers struck with two runs in the first inning and never trailed. Elijah Goodman drove in a run with a single and Jonathan Keane ground out to drive in the second run of the inning. The Highlanders tallied single runs in both the first and second innings to tie the game at 2-2.
However, the Lancers score three runs in the third inning with four hits, including a two-run single by Keane, who drove in three runs in the game. They score three more runs in the fourth inning without the aid of a hit. Three walks came around to score on a pair of sacrifice flies and a wild pitch.
Brookfield Central added an insurance run in the sixth inning with a single by Matt Ausloos, who had two hits in the game, as did Goodman and Aaron Hammond to lead the Lancers’ hitting attack. Matt Hodges scored three times in a pinch-runner’s role. Ausloos was credited with the victory on the hill with six innings of scoreless relief.
Trevor Cho had three of the Highlanders five hits at the plate. Erik Skaar lasted two innings and was charged with four earned runs and suffered the loss.
Brookfield Central (28-6) defeated Plymouth (28-5) 2-1 in the semifinals to advance to the championship final Friday.
The game was dominated by pitching as Brookfield Central recorded the first hit of the game in the third inning off Plymouth starter Zac Cain. The Panthers didn’t get their first hit until the fifth inning when they recorded their only two hits to generate their only run of the game.
The Lancers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a squeeze play executed by Josh Peltier to score pinch runner Matt Liewen. The Panthers tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a two-out, pinch-hit single to right field by Jarred Schneider.
The eventual winning run was scored in the sixth inning when a walk and an error led to a run-scoring single by Riley Keays. Lancer starter Elijah Goodman pitched into a bit of trouble in the sixth inning. He walked two batters to start the inning, but struck out the next two hitters and got the third to fly out to shallow right field eliminate the threat.
Goodman struckout 13 batters and walked two to notch the complete-game victory. Cain allowed two unearned runs with six strikeouts to be charged with the loss. Andrew Schneider had a pair of hits to lead the Lancers’ hitting attack.
Plymouth was eliminated from its 11th State Tournament appearance.
Homestead (26-7) advanced to the Summer Baseball Tournament championship game with a 7-5 victory over Oak Creek in its semifinal match-up Friday.
The Highlanders scored five times in the bottom of the first inning on just two hits. After the first two hitters walked and a sacrifice, Trevor Cho drove in a run on an error. After an RBI single by Bryce Juedes, Michael Schulz belted a two-run triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly.
Mitch Hart blasted a solo home run to left center in the second inning to get the Knights on the, but the Highlanders came back with a run in their half of the inning on a Cho sacrifice fly.
The Knights narrowed their deficit to 6-5 with four runs in the third inning. Matt Hargreaves kept a long drive down the left field line fair for a three-homer and Matt Hamilton singled in a run later in the inning. Ben Garstecki came in relief to get the final two outs of the inning for the Hilltoppers to prevent further damage.
Homestead added an insurance run in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Juedes, and Garstecki tossed the final four scoreless innings to earn the victory.
Oak Creek (24-10) was eliminated from its seventh State Tournament appearance. Jesse Sustachek was saddled with the loss, yielding 12 hits in the six innings of work.