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After a second consecutive last-place finish in the Woodland West, the Wauwatosa West baseball team knows it has work to do in order to move up in the league standings.

The Trojans finished 2016 at 9-21 overall, falling 3-1 to rival Wauwatosa East in a WIAA sectional semifinal game.

"It was a tough season," Wauwatosa West coach Jason Borski said. "Our pitching was a relative strength, but with a lack of offense, there was always extra pressure on our pitching and defense to have to be perfect."

Senior center fielder Jacob Greenberg was named first-team All-Woodland West after hitting .367 with three triples, two home runs and 17 stolen bases.

Senior J.J. Morgan hit .376 with 13 RBIs and 16 runs scored to take home second-team All-Woodland West honors.

Greenberg will play at the collegiate level at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and senior Jake Brophey at Milwaukee Area Technical College. The Trojans will also lose starters Jake Hronek and Myles Fish to graduation.

Wauwatosa West will return junior utility player Will Jushka, who went 5-4 with a 2.45 ERA in 48⅔ innings.

Logan Scharf (2.50 ERA in 33⅔ innings) and Noah Katula (2.39 ERA in 26.1 innings) join Jushka as returners on the mound. Jushka (.258 in 84 plate appearances) and LeRoy Coleman (.250 in 86 plate appearances) are Wauwatosa West's top returning hitters.

"The Woodland will be a tough conference once again next season," Borski said. "For us to be more competitive, we need to get stronger, hit better and continue to improve defensively.  We have a lot of work to do over the off-season."

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