Top 10 Stories of 2015: No. 7 Milwaukee Lutheran Wins D2 State Title



By Matt Huck
Area Scout

Over the next few weeks in addition to highlighting the Top 10 Player Profiles of 2015, we will also highlight the Top 10 Stories in Wisconsin High School Baseball during 2015.

Milwaukee Lutheran finished the regular season with a sub .500 record at 12-13, and lost nine of there last eleven games heading into the state tournament. The Red Knights ran off seven straight wins to take the Division II state title for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee recruit Nick Winter was the team leader on the mound and at the plate. The left-handed pitcher went 7-3 on the season with a 1.12 ERA in 81.1 innings and hit .484 at the plate heading into the state finals. Jacksonville commit TD Walker hit .406 with 11 doubles and a team high 32 RBIs.

WIAA Finals: Milwaukee Lutheran Takes D2 Title

Thu June 18, 2015

By Spencer Flaten
Staff Writer

APPLETON, WI – The Milwaukee Lutheran Red Knights captured the Division 2 state title on Thursday afternoon with a 4-3 victory over Notre Dame.

The game was close throughout, with a number of opportunities for both teams to take advantage of.

Milwaukee Lutheran jumped out to a one run lead in the bottom of the 1st. Sam Ruch put down a safety squeeze bunt to give the Red Knights the early lead. Christian Gerner hit an RBI single off of Notre Dame pitcher Davis Elm in the bottom of the 2nd to make the score 2-0.

Notre Dame tied the game back up in the top of the 3rd. Connor Yakel hit a 2 RBI single with two outs in the frame to level the score.

The Red Knights managed to neutralize those runs with two more of their own in the bottom of the frame. TD Walker and Ryan Selner both collected RBI singles in the inning.

The Tritons narrowed the deficit in the top of the 4th to cut the lead down to one run. Ty Yewman scored on a wild pitch, but Notre Dame stranded the tying run on 3rd base to end the inning.

That was a trend for the rest of the game. Notre Dame threatened in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings but ultimately failed to score. They got a man in scoring position in each of those frames but weren’t able to break through.

One of their best chances came in the 5th, when Noah Wleczyk singled with Yakel on 2nd. However, the throw in from center field came in very quickly which forced Yakel to hold up at third.

They again threatened in the 6th with a man on third and only one out. They made the bold move to attempt a suicide squeeze, but it ultimately failed and the runner was caught stealing home.

Finally, in the 7th, the Tritons got men on first and second, but Eric Erb struck out to end the game and give the Red Knights their first state title since 2003.

TD Walker went 5 strong innings to get the win on the mound. He allowed one earned run on 4 hits, 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts. Elm took the loss for Notre Dame. He went 2 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on 3 hits and 2 walks. James Wright notched the save for Milwaukee Lutheran.

Gerner and Nick Winter both went 2-for-3 for the Red Knights. Yakel finished 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs for Notre Dame.

Top 10 Stories of 2015

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No. 9 Inaugural Badger State Battle

No. 8 Janesville Craig Wins D1 State Title

No. 7 Milwaukee Lutheran Win D2 State Title