Offensive struggles have plagued the Wauwatosa West baseball team for most of the season, so it comes as no surprise it took a shutout for the Trojans to snap their 10-game losing streak with a win over New Berlin Eisenhower on June 20.
Tosa West then had its bats awaken the following night, scoring double-digit runs for the first time all season, to complete the sweep of Eisenhower.
After a win over Port Washington and losses to South Milwaukee and Wauwatosa East, the Trojans entered the week at 7-13 overall and 3-5 in the Woodland West.
'Overall, it was a pretty good week,' West coach Jason Borski said. 'We played more consistent baseball both offensively and defensively.'
New Berlin Eisenhower
Logan Scharf helped Tosa West snap its 10-game losing streak by throwing a three-hit shutout June 20 in a 1-0 win over New Berlin Eisenhower at Breitlow Field.
'Logan Scharf pitched a great game for us,' Borski said. 'He scattered three hits and two walks. I can not think of a team who needed a win more than us at this point.'
The Trojans scored their lone run in the first inning. Jacob Greenberg had two of Tosa West's six hits.
The following day at Eisenhower, Tosa West jumped on the Lions for five runs in the first en route to a 11-5 victory.
Tosa West scored six times in the first two innings to grab control. J.J. Morgan's sacrifice fly made it 7-0 in the third, while Jason Tendler and Greenberg added RBI hits in the fourth to put the Trojans up 10-1.
'The bats finally came to life,' Borski said. 'Throughout our lineup, we had nice approaches at the plate and were able to put up 11 runs.'
LeRoy Coleman was 2-for-2 at the plate. Will Jushka went the distance to earn the win for the Trojans, striking out seven and walking three.
A three-run fifth inning by South Milwaukee did Tosa West in June 23, as the Trojans fell 5-2.
The Trojans cut the deficit to 2-1 in the fourth when Morgan singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Myles Fish, went to third on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch. Tosa West's threat was stymied when Rockets starter Flint Kocherer induced an inning-ending double play.
Jushka pulled the Trojans to within 5-2 with an RBI single in the sixth, but Kocherer ended the inning by getting Jake Hronek to ground out.
Nick Price allowed five runs with one walk and two strikeouts over 42/3 innings. Greenberg pitched the final 12/3 innings for Tosa West.
'I thought we played a good game against a good team,' Borski said. 'They just out hit us. I was happy with the way Nick Price battled on the mound for us to keep us in the game. It was also nice to see Jacob Greenberg come in and throw well.'
Behind five strong innings from Noah Katula, Tosa West came away with a 7-1 win at Port Washington on June 24.
The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Fish brought home Greenberg with a ground out. Tosa West added a pair of runs in the third and blew the game open with four runs in the sixth on an RBI single by Jake Brophey, a two-run double by Scharf and a run-scoring passed ball.
Katula limited Port Washington to just one earned run on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts over five innings. Scharf pitched the final two innings and struck out four.
'This may have been our most complete game up to this point,' Borski said. 'Noah Katula pitched a very nice game picking up his first varsity win. J.J. Morgan had a very nice day at the plate going 3-for-3. There were a lot of contributions throughout our lineup, and we executed very well offensively.'
Tosa West is slated to play its final two Woodland West regular season games June 27 and June 28 against Greendale. The Trojans will then host Greenfield on June 30 and play at Whitefish Bay on July 2.