Falcons soar to hot start

Pitching, defense key Whitnall's surge

June 14, 2011

Greenfield - Pitching and defense are the cornerstones for any successful baseball team.

And these two aspects have certainly been instrumental for Whitnall's hot start to the 2011 season.

In their six victories, the Falcons (6-1 entering this week) have given up 16 runs, with half of those coming in one game, a 12-8 slugfest against St. Thomas More. Whitnall pitchers have also yielded only 10 walks in the seven games.

The top pitchers for the Falcons have been sophomores Josh Serio and Sam Mentkowski and senior Nathan Dupont.

The defense has been solid as well, committing only 11 errors in the seven contests.

"This always gives us a chance to win," coach Brian Johnsen said. "We have been consistent with our pitching and defense."

The offensive attack has been paced by Serio with 10 runs batted in, Sam Mentkowski with a .380 average in the leadoff spot, junior Luke Mentkowski and senior Geoff Wisialowski.

Whitnall tipped Brookfield East, 6-5, on June 6 as Danny Weymier went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one driven in, Wisialowski 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Sam Mentkowski 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

That turned out to be the Falcons' only action last week, as a game against Menomonee Falls on Friday was postponed by rain.

Whitnall is continuing Woodland Conference play this week, having met Greendale on Monday and Tuesday and travels to Brown Deer at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Johnsen said New Berlin Eisenhower, South Milwaukee and Greenfield are contenders in the Woodland Black Division this year.

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