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After a brief stumble, Bay baseball team starting to find bats again

Team scores in double digits three games in a row

Whitefish Bay’s Turner DeMuth looks for a play at another base after Jordan Kuczynski of Germantown slides safely into third base in the fifth inning of the Blue Dukes’ 8-3 loss to the Warhawks at Henry Aaron Field on June 13.

Whitefish Bay’s Turner DeMuth looks for a play at another base after Jordan Kuczynski of Germantown slides safely into third base in the fifth inning of the Blue Dukes’ 8-3 loss to the Warhawks at Henry Aaron Field on June 13. Photo By Dave Haberkorn

June 18, 2013

After a frustrating 8-3 loss to defending North Shore Conference champion Germantown on June 13, Whitefish Bay baseball coach Jay Wojcinski lamented that his team's bats, which had scored double digit runs in five games in a row at one point in the early going, had gone a bit flat.

"All of a sudden we've had a bunch of bad at-bats in crucial situations," he said. "We've had runners in scoring position and we're not even getting the ball in play."

Wojcinski and the Blue Dukes are singing a different tune right now, as they have strung together a number of good at bats in a row and have scored in double digits in three games straight including a 14-7 nonconference win over Marquette on Saturday and an impressive 11-5 North Shore victory over Grafton on Monday.

With the victories, the Blue Dukes now stand at 5-3 in North Shore play, tied with Cedarburg for second behind Germantown (6-1), which belted the Bulldogs, 14-2, Monday night.

Bay went into play Tuesday, 11-4 overall. The Blue Dukes took on arch-rival Nicolet on Tuesday, Slinger on Wednesday and now travel to West Bend East at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. They visit nonconference opponent Franklin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and then visit North Shore rival Homestead at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

Coming from behind

"We've got to show that we can win coming from behind," Wojcinski said. "Shake off whatever this is."

The Blue Dukes appear to have done just that. On Monday against Grafton, a three-run fourth broke open a 2-2 game and then Bay went on to score nine runs over the next four innings to put away the Blackhawks. Freshman Andrew James had two hits and four RBI and Cal Gavic had two hits.

Wojcinski went with pitcher by committee in this game, as Joe Kaszubowski went two innings with five strikeouts and two walks, Gavic threw two innings two strikeouts and a walk, Grant Menard pitched an inning and got the win with four strikeouts and four walks and Cole Stasiak helped out with an inning pitched.

No details were available from the 14-7 win over Marquette on Saturday, but the offense was a carryover from the 13-10 nonconference defeat at the hands of New Berlin Eisenhower on Friday. Bay scored five times in the first and would punch across runs in four innings in the contest.

The Lions would score in five innings, including three times in the fourth, where they took the lead for good at 11-8.

Ace keeps batters in check

In that loss to Germantown, the Blue Dukes had the misfortune of facing the Warhawks' returning NOW All-Suburban choice pitcher Ryan Anderson.

They nicked him for a run in the third to cut the deficit to 2-1 on an RBI single by shortstop Johnny Markwiese, but then the Warhawks sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth and scored five times against the Blue Dukes' starter and loser Nick Lackney.

"Nick left a few balls up and they took advantage of things," Wojcinski said.

Bay tried to get back into it in its half of the fourth as Gavic laced as two-run double off Anderson to cut the margin to 6-3, but Bay had also left the bases loaded in the third and Anderson helped himself in the sixth as he killed a Blue Dukes threat by starting a nifty 1-6-3 double play.

Anderson had seven strikeouts with five walks and his coach Jeff Wolf was impressed with how he handled the Blue Dukes, who had scored about 100 runs in their first 11 games.

"I give Ryan credit for shutting them down, because that'll be about as good a hitting team as we'll face all season," Wolf said of the Blue Dukes.

Gavic had two hits to lead the Bay offense.

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