Greendale baseball team clinches Woodland Conference championship
Panthers blank Wauwatosa West
Ty Ramirez hurled a four-hit shutout, striking out eight, as the Greendale baseball team halted Wauwatosa West 5-0 on July 7 to officially capture the Woodland Conference championship.
The Panthers improved to 14-1 in the conference, three games ahead of Pewaukee in the West Division and five games ahead of Greenfield, the top team in the East Division.
Greendale, which moved to 25-1 overall with the victory over West, secured its first Woodland crown since 2008.
The Panthers breezed through their other Woodland contests last week, downing St. Francis 10-0 on July 3, New Berlin West 10-2 on July 2 and New Berlin West again by 12-0 on July 1.
In all cases, their winning formula stayed the same as it has been all season: strong starting pitching combined with a powerful offense.
Miller stars on mound
Zach Miller, normally the Panthers' relief ace, hurled a complete-game shutout against St. Francis, allowing three hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Tristian Pipp drove in four runs, while Angel Ramirez and Ty Ramirez both brought in two runs.
In the 10-2 victory over New Berlin West, Zack Henderson worked five innings on the mound, striking out 11, before Tyler Peterson finished.
Pipp went 2-for-3 with a run batted in, while Miller was also 2-for-3.
In the earlier triumph over the Vikings, Ty Ramirez pitched five innings, allowing one hit, striking out 10 and walking one.
He was supported by a 15-hit attack, led by Henderson with two doubles, a home run and two RBIs; David Wood with three hits and an RBI, Ty Ramirez with two hits, including a homer, and two RBIs; Miller with two hits, including a double, and three RBIs, and Pipp and Sam Sabinash with two hits each.
Greendale tips Central
Greendale also topped West Allis Central of the Greater Metro Conference by an 8-7 count July 2.
The Panthers lost a 7-3 lead as two errors helped the Bulldogs score four in the top of the sixth inning, but they came back with the eventual winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
Angel Ramirez led off with a single, then stole second and took third on a groundout. He came home on a two-out error as a throw got past the first baseman to give Greendale an 8-7 lead.
Head coach Brian Johnsen liked the way his team rallied after surrendering the four runs in the top of the sixth.
"We have been a resilient team all season," the coach said.
Miller then took the mound in the top of the seventh and allowed only a walk to earn the save.
"He is such a competitor," Johnsen said of Miller. "There is no one else I would want to have out there."
Greendale fell behind 2-0 in the first but tied the game in its half of the inning with the help of a couple of Central errors.
Pipp lines home run
The Bulldogs pushed across another run in the second, but the Panthers again answered as Pipp belted a three-run home run to deep center field for a 5-3 advantage.
Greendale added two in the fourth as Ben Moore came home on the front end of a double steal and Sabinash singled home Pipp, who had walked.
The lead lasted until the sixth, when the twin errors helped Central get the tie.
Chris Carloni earned the victory, while Pipp collected three RBIs and Moore two hits.
After this week's play, Greendale enters the WIAA Tournament next week. The Panthers will have a high seed and first-round bye and will play on Friday, July 18.
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