Big innings by the opposition are making it difficult for the Greenfield baseball team to notch victories this season.
One case in point was a 5-4 defeat for the Hustlin' Hawks against rival Greendale on June 16. The Panthers pushed across four runs in the bottom of the second inning to go ahead 4-1.
Although Greenfield came back within one run on two occasions, the Hawks could never quite overcome the early deficit.
'We played well against Greendale,' coach Lee Kleszczynski said. 'We had that one inning in which we didn't make the right decisions, even though we didn't have any physical errors. That was the case in other games as well. If we don't have that type of inning, we would be getting more wins.'
Kyle Jablonski and Adam Lenzke each went 2-for-4 and drove in a run for the Hawks, and Zechariah Broyles also was 2-for-4.
Zach Esenberg allowed seven hits in six innings in keeping Greenfield close.
The Hawks also dropped three games to South Milwaukee last week, falling 12-5 on June 13 and 6-1 on June 14 in regular Woodland Conference contests and 8-4 on June 18 as part of the Rockets' wood bat tournament.
Brandon Lobacz went 2-for-2 in the June 13 game, and Jacob Schwartz was 2-for-3 in the other contest. Jablonski and Ryan Mech combined for eight strikeouts in the June 14 game.
Greenfield also dropped a 9-4 game to Southwest Wisconsin Christian Homeschool Association in the wood bat tournament on June 18. Once again, the big inning came into play, with SWCHA notching eight runs in the first inning to take control.
'We seem to make mental errors, and we sometimes play tentatively in the field, which happens with young teams,' Kleszczynski said.
Greenfield, which slipped to 2-8 in the Woodland Conference and 5-13 overall, plays New Berlin West at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at home.
The Hawks then meet Cudahy at 5 p.m. Monday, June 27, at Sheridan Park and take on the Packers again at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at home.