Riding some crucial two-out hits, the Whitnall baseball team posted a sweep of three Woodland Conference games last week.
The Falcons tallied three runs in the bottom of the third inning, all with two outs, in a 4-0 victory over Greenfield on June 21.
They also saw a two-run double by Ty Greco and a two-run single from Andrew Mixon after two outs in a 6-5 triumph over Pius XI on June 23.
'That is one of the things we preach, the two-out hits,' coach Ben Krey said.
Those victories, coupled with a 12-0 romp over Greenfield on June 20, boosted the Falcons to 6-2 in the Woodland East Division, just one game behind South Milwaukee (7-1). Whitnall stood at 9-4 in all Woodland games and 10-6 overall coming into this week.
Avenge losses to Pius
The victory over Pius was the first this season for the Falcons over the Popes in three tries after they had dropped a nonconference doubleheader a week earlier.
They scored four runs in the third inning for a 6-0 lead. Dillon Peters singled, J.T. Reed doubled and Ed Trensch walked to load the bases; then Greco lined a two-strike pitch down the left field line for his two-run double, and Mixon followed with the two-run single.
Greco had also doubled as part of a two-run second inning for the Falcons.
Greco finished 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, Mixon brought in three runs, Trensch had two hits and Joe Tilley drove in one run.
Jayvin Redieske picked up the victory with late-inning help from Trensch.
In the 4-0 victory over Greenfield, the Falcons scored three runs in the third. Peters and Reed walked and stole bases to put runners on second and third; then Redieske and Trensch singled in runs, and another came in on an error. The entire rally came after two outs.
Greco pitched a complete game, allowing two hits with eight strikeouts and three walks.
'He changed speeds nicely and kept the hitters off-balance,' Krey said. 'Also, he got strike one, so he was able to jump ahead of the hitters.'
Trensch tosses two-hitter
Trensch also pitched a two-hitter in Whitnall's 12-0 triumph over Greenfield on June 20. He fanned seven and walked one in five innings.
'He was able to execute his pitches, his fastball and curve,' the coach said. 'It was location, location, location. He has had some good games, but statistically, this was his best.'
Reed went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Greco 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs.
'Our hitting and pitching were good all week,' Krey said. 'Defensively, we played two great games but stumbled a bit against Pius (four errors). Hopefully we can get back to playing error-free baseball.'
The Falcons will finish Woodland play at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at New Berlin Eisenhower. They will then enter the Woodland tournament Tuesday, July 5, through Wednesday, July 6 at the Rock Sports Complex in Franklin and Breitlow Field in Wauwatosa.
The schedule for the tournament will be announced after play this week.