Although the season record is not impressive for the West Allis Hale baseball team, it can be a bit misleading.
The Huskies have been in many games this season, but a lost scoring opportunity or some crucial errors have doomed them to losses.
'We always seem to have that one bad inning,' said coach Paul Dooley of his squad, which came into the week at 3-12 in the Greater Metro Conference and 5-18 overall. 'Our pitchers have been working their butts off, but something always happens; we have been snakebit all year.'
A game against Franklin on June 14, for example, was scoreless going into the seventh inning, but the Sabers tallied five times for the victory. Franklin slipped past Hale, 3-1, in the other meeting this season.
In a loss to Sussex Hamilton, the Huskies led in the sixth inning but ultimately fell, 8-3; and last week against Brookfield East, they were up 2-0 going into the sixth but lost, 5-2.
Hale did post a victory last week, topping Waukesha South, 11-7, on June 24. Michael Schmidt went 3-for-4 with a triple, four runs batted in and two runs scored; Isaiah Mundt was 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs and an RBI; and Kaleb Kling 2-for-2 with two RBIs.
In the other games, however, the results were all too familiar.
Hale lost the 5-2 game to Brookfield East on June 23 after a couple of errors led to a five-run sixth inning for the Spartans. Sam Valona was the hard-luck loser on the mound for the Huskies, who had just one hit.
The Huskies fell, 11-3, to Wauwatosa East on June 21 despite two hits, including a home run, from Matthew Mihaljevic.
'We made some errors, and all of a sudden, we go from being down 4-3 to 11-3,' Dooley said.
They also dropped a 7-2 game to Brookfield Central on June 20, with Mundt going 2-for-4 with a double.
The Huskies play Marquette at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at MATC South to finish GMC regular-season competition.
They will play in a tournament at South Milwaukee on Saturday, July 2, and will then take part in the GMC Tournament on Tuesday, July 5, through Thursday, July 7. The schedule will be announced after conference play ends this week.