Friday, June 14, 2013

Crusader Baseball tops Indians

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


CMH 10
Mukwonago 7  

Brown clinches victory for Crusaders Sophomore halts late Mukwonago rally

Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Mukwonago’s offense was dialed in until Eric Brown took the mound.

Brown, a sophomore, pitched the Catholic Memorial High School baseball team out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the sixth inning and helped the Crusaders hold on for a 10-7 Classic 8 Conference victory at Infinity Fields on Thursday.

The Crusaders batted around in the bottom of the fifth, scoring six runs with four of their seven total hits to take a 10-6 lead. Junior pinch hitter David McLeod highlighted the inning with a two-run double off of the fence that scored fellow juniors Cameron Krausert and Matthew Schulze. McLeod came around to score on a linedrive single by Zach Fridl.

After two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Mukwonago in the top of the sixth inning, Crusaders coach Tim Gotzler sent
Brown to the mound.

“He’s almost too young to know the situation,” Gotzler said of Brown, who has made few relief appearances this season. “He just comes in and pitches and doesn’t get caught up in the fans or anything else. He just comes in and does his thing. We really relied on him and he came through for us tonight.”

With the bases loaded and no outs, Brown walked Mukwonago junior Noah Sadler as the Indians narrowed their deficit to 10-7. Brown struck out the next two batters,
and he forced a groundout on a full count to end the inning.

“I was just looking to go in there and throw strikes, make them hit it and rely on my teammates behind me to make a play,” Brown said.

Brown pitched a scoreless seventh, facing four batters.

Mukwonago (5-8) looked as if it could run away with the game early, stringing together three hits to start the game and taking a 2-0 lead on a line-drive single by Sadler.

The Crusaders tied the game in
the bottom of the second and took their first lead with two more runs in the third, courtesy of a Sergio Rodriguez single. But the Indians regained the lead with four runs in the top of the fourth, with senior Matt McCartan hitting a two-run home run to give Mukwonago a 6-4 lead.

Catholic Memorial (7-6 overall, 4-5 Classic 8) relied on contact and putting the ball in play to get its six-run fifth inning going. Two of the Crusaders’ first three hits of the inning deflected off the glove of a diving first baseman.

“Early in the inning there wasn’t one hard-hit ball,” first-year Mukwonago coach Jay Christiansen said. “We could have been out of it had those balls been hit at somebody.”

Brown appreciated the cushion his team built with the big fifth inning.

“We had guys come up with timely hitting that really pushed the runs across for us,” he said.

Schulze and Justin Dentici,  Catholic Memorial’s senior catcher, were the only two Crusaders with multiple hits, each going 2 for 4.

Sadler and senior Mitch West each had three hits apiece for Mukwonago.

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