As its record of 4-4 heading into this week would indicate, the Whitnall baseball team is in need of some consistency this season.
'We have been inconsistent,' coach Ben Krey said. 'We have had some big innings, but the only time we have played a complete game has been an extra-inning (2-1) victory over New Berlin West.'
In that June 3 contest, senior Jayvin Redieske pitched a three-hitter and collected two hits, and senior J.T. Reed added two hits.
The Falcons then routed Cudahy, 15-3, on June 6, collecting 15 hits. Once again, Redieske and Reed were at the heart of the attack, with Redieske going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs batted in and Reed 3-for-4 with a double and triple.
Junior Ryan Bigalke was 2-for-3 with an RBI, junior Brian Sullivan went 2-for-3 and senior Andrew Mixon 2-for-4 with an RBI.
Senior Ed Trensch picked up the victory on the mound, working three innings, and sophomore Joe Tilley finished the game.
The Falcons put away the game early, scoring four runs in the second inning and eight in the third frame.
'Any time you score 15 runs against a conference opponent, that's a big deal,' Krey said.
Whitnall could not keep that momentum, though, falling to Pewaukee, 9-5, on June 9 to slip to 3-3 in the Woodland Conference.
Tilley drove in two runs, Redieske had two hits and senior Ty Greco, Bigalke and Trensch each brought in one run. Greco took the loss.
'Redieske and Reed have been swinging some hot bats,' Krey said. 'Reed is hitting about .600 so far. Another key player has been (junior) Dillon Peters, both on defense (first base) and offense.'
The Falcons only played twice last week due to graduation, but their schedule turns heavy this week.
After two games against Brown Deer earlier this week, Whitnall is taking on Wauwatosa West at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at Breitlow Field in Wauwatosa.
The Falcons then play Pius XI at 10 a.m. and noon Saturday, June 18, at the Woodside Complex in Mauston. This is the second straight season Whitnall has played Pius at an out-of-area site. Last season, the Falcons met the Popes in Illinois.
Whitnall then plays rival Greenfield twice, at 5 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Greenfield and 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at Whitnall.