After three straight defeats, the Whitnall baseball team was badly in need of a lift, and Jayvin Redieske gave the Falcons a big boost in a 2-1 triumph over New Berlin West.
Redieske shone both at bat and on the pitcher's mound in the June 3 contest, which went eight innings. He allowed just three hits while working the complete game, and he went 2-for-3 and drove in a run. JT Reed, fresh from the track and field season, also contributed with two hits, including a double.
The victory snapped a three-game losing string for Whitnall, including defeats of 9-0 on June 1 and 4-3 on May 31, both at the hands of South Milwaukee.
In the 4-3 defeat, Dillon Peters had two hits and Ty Greco took a tough loss on the mound.
Earlier this season, the Falcons had beaten West Allis Central and Cudahy but lost to Greendale, so they came into this week at 3-3 overall and 2-3 in the Woodland Conference.
They take on Pewaukee at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at home and then welcome Brown Deer at 5 p.m. Monday, June 13. Whitnall gets a rematch with Brown Deer at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, on the road.
The three other area teams, West Allis Hale, West Allis Central and Greenfield, have also had their ups and downs so far this young season.
West Allis Hale
The Huskies began the campaign by losing their first six games but bounced back with victories of 8-7 over Brookfield Central on June 3 and 10-2 over West Allis Central on May 31.
Against Brookfield, Hale rallied from deficits of 4-1 and 7-3 and won the game in the bottom of the seventh inning. Sam Valona and Isaiah Mundt both went 2-for-4 for the Huskies.
Max Pauer pitched the victory over West Allis Central in the earlier contest, allowing three hits and striking out five in a complete game. Austin Lee had two hits, including a double, and drove in four runs; Tyler O'Brien went 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs; and Mundt went 2-for-4.
Earlier this season, Hale dropped close decisions to Franklin (3-1) and Pius XI (5-4).
The Huskies play at Sussex Hamilton at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 9, and at Oak Creek at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 10. They take on Marquette at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, and Franklin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, with both games at Belich Field.
The Hustlin' Hawks have been inconsistent, leading to records of 4-7 overall and 1-4 in the Woodland Conference going into this week.
They split two close games with Shorewood last week, losing 8-7 in eight innings on May 31 and winning 7-6 on June 1.
In the victory over the Greyhounds, Drew Kassel went 3-for-3 with a double, triple and two runs batted in, and Rudy Rodriguez doubled and brought in one run.
In the loss, the Hawks tallied four runs in the sixth for a 7-6 advantage, only to see the Greyhounds score once in the seventh and once in the eighth to pull out the game.
Greenfield dropped a 12-2 game to Pius XI on June 3 despite two hits each from Zechariah Broyles and Brandon Lobacz.
The Hawks split in an invitational at Brookfield Central on June 4, beating SWCHA, 6-3, and losing 10-0 to Mukwonago.
Greenfield plays New Berlin Eisenhower at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Bob Wieland Field and then visits Brown Deer at 5 p.m. Friday, June 10.
The Hawks travel to South Milwaukee at 5 p.m. Monday, June 13, and host the Rockets at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.
West Allis Central
The Bulldogs came into this week still looking for their first victory, as they were 0-4 in the Greater Metro Conference and 0-8 overall.
They did battle powerful Marquette all the way before falling, 8-7, on June 3. Kurt Mlachnik and Ryan Hardt each notched two hits, with Mlachnik scoring three times.
Central fell behind 7-1 after two innings and came all the way back to tie it at 7-7 in the sixth, but the Hilltoppers pushed across the winning run in the seventh.
The Bulldogs lost to West Allis Hale, 10-2, on May 31, managing just three hits.
They fell 12-7 to Germantown and 24-2 to New Berlin Eisenhower on June 4 in the Harvey Kuenn Wood Bat Classic at Belich Field. Against Germantown, Danny Llanas had two hits and Michael Wilcox tripled.
Central takes on Oak Creek at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 9, and Brookfield Central at 6 p.m. Friday, June 10, with both games at Belich Field.
The Bulldogs then visit Wauwatosa East at Breitlow Field at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 13, and Brookfield East at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.