The bats may have been going a little stale in the last few games for the Menomonee Falls baseball team, so according to Indian outfielder/pitcher Adam Rubatt, a little shake-up was needed.
"It's almost the start of a new season for us," said Rubatt, after hitting two doubles and a triple and scoring three times in the Indians 11-3 win over Wauwatosa East Thursday night. "So we put in some new walk-up music (for each at-bat) just for this game."
It seemed to work, as the Indians (9-6 in Greater Metro play and 21-10 overall) rapped out 12 hits against the game Red Raiders (5-10, 13-14). The two teams will meet again at Breitlow Field in Tosa on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
For Falls coach Pat Hansen, the win was a good piece of news after a frustrating loss to Brookfield Central on Tuesday.
"It's just part of the roller-coaster ride for us," said Hansen. "The challenge at this point of the season for us is to do things consistently."
And the Indians used a consistent formula that when they have instituted it well this season, has made the game look shockingly simple.
They got solid starting pitching from Logan August (five and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts and four walks), timely hitting and sound defense (no errors for the game).
At the center of it offensively, was Rubatt, who rang out a triple for Falls' initial hit of the game in the bottom of the first and then scored on Cole Myhra's single. Then in the third, Rubatt ripped an RBI double to score Ryan Romens and then came home himself on an error off the bat of Myhra.
The lead went to 4-0 in the fourth as Carter Ypma, who had started the inning with a double, came home on A.D Gonzales' single.
Rubatt was back at it in the fifth, leading off the frame with double and eventually scoring on a wild pitch that made it 5-0 Falls.
The Red Raiders got back in the game in the sixth, as Dan Sayles' RBI double scored Kevin Lean, who got on through a one-out walk. Sayles, who hustled to third on the throw to the plate, then scored on Riley Poe's ground-out that made it 5-2.
After August walked East starting pitcher Alex Halverson, Ben Carpenter doubled, putting runners on second and third and bringing the tieing run to the plate for East.
That's when Hansen called in senior Ben Burns, who had had a rough outing against Central on Tuesday. Burns got the Indians out of the inning by striking out Matt Wulff.
Falls then ended any drama by scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth, as two critical East errors aided a five hit effort by the Indians. Gonzales, Max Poeske and Joe Sanicola all had RBI singles while Rubatt finished off his night productively with a hard hit sacrifice fly.
Rubatt, who admitted he has been a little bit up and down with his hitting this summer, said he recently got a big hand from Don Galle, father of former Indian player Joe Galle.
"He suggested that I widen my stance a little since I was having a little trouble staying back on certain pitches," Rubatt said. "It seemed to work."
Hansen was pleased to see that August, who saved Monday's win for Rubatt over Brookfield Central, remained a steady third starter for Falls.
"He works efficiently and really mixes up his pitches well," Hansen said. "He was a touch wild, but he's someone who really gives us a chance to win."
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