With only three seniors on the varsity roster, the Greenfield baseball team is still trying to find its way in the 2016 campaign.
The Hustlin' Hawks stood at 5-8 overall and 2-5 in the Woodland Conference entering this week, and they split two games last week, edging Brown Deer, 12-11, on June 10 and falling to New Berlin Eisenhower, 5-1, on June 9.
'We don't have many seniors,' coach Lee Kleszczynski said, 'so many of the players are in their first year on varsity. We are struggling with our confidence level both at the plate and in the field. We have to put together some games in which we reduce our mental and physical errors.'
Greenfield's ups and downs were illustrated in last week's victory over Brown Deer, in which the Hawks built a 12-4 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning and then surrendered seven runs to barely hold on to win.
'We made that game a thriller,' Kleszczynski said.
Greenfield pounded out 10 hits, led by junior Zechariah Broyles at 2-for-4 with a double and three runs batted in; junior Zach Esenberg 3-for-5 with a double and RBI; junior Drew Kassel 2-for-4 with a double; and sophomore Brandon Lobacz 3-for-3 with a double.
Esenberg picked up the victory on the mound, working six innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
In its only other game last week, Greenfield lost to New Berlin Eisenhower, 5-1, on June 9. The Hawks managed just two hits off three pitchers, and junior Kyle Jablonski took a tough loss.
The lone seniors are Drew Stanioch, Jacob Schwartz and Kyle Christensen. The Hawks have 12 juniors and three sophomores on their roster.
Greenfield takes on Greendale at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, on the Panthers' home field and then plays in a Wood Bat Tournament at South Milwaukee Saturday, June 18, with games at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The field includes South Milwaukee, Brookfield East and Southwest Wisconsin Christian Homeschool Athletes.
The Hawks then meet Whitnall in a two-day doubleheader, playing at home at 5 p.m. Monday, June 20, and at Whitnall at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.