Menomonee Falls wins WIAA Summer State Championship

By Spencer Flaten
Staff Writer

MEQUON, WI – The Menomonee Falls Indians won their first ever state baseball championship on Friday in dominant fashion with an 11-0 drubbing of Franklin at Kapco Park.

The Greater Metro Conference foes had split a pair of games earlier in the season, so the state championship also decided the season series. The previous two games had been close, so for the rubber match to be a blowout came as a bit of a surprise.

Franklin’s defense set the tone of the game in the first inning and never really improved. Three defensive miscues allowed three runs to score for Menomonee Falls. Ty Weber hit a sacrifice fly in the inning and Josh Schwechel added an RBI single of his own.

The Sabers’ struggles continued in the 2nd inning. They committed two more errors and the Indians capitalized by scoring three more runs. Zach Kornburger had an RBI single in the frame and was able to score on the same play thanks to Franklin throwing the ball around the park.

Both offenses were fairly quiet from the third inning to the fifth inning. Franklin got two men on base in the 4th but made nothing of it.

Holding a 6-0 lead, Menomonee Falls came to the plate in the 6th inning looking to end the game early. Josh Zahn led off the inning with a double and Kornburger bunted for a hit to put men on first and third, which brought Matt Emmer to the plate. Emmer hit a weak ground ball to the pitcher, who got Zahn caught in a pickle between third and home. However, he spiked the throw to the third baseman, which allowed Zahn to score. The defensive woes didn’t end there, though. After retrieving the thrown away ball, Franklin threw the ball well over their catcher, which allowed both of the other runners to score and make the score 9-0. Myles Mayer hit a two RBI double later in the inning to make the mercy rule an option.

In the bottom of the 6th, Franklin went down in order to give Menomonee Falls their first ever state championship.

Lukas Kell threw a gem on the mound for the Indians. He pitched all six innings and allowed just five hits, walked one, and struck out three to complete the shutout. Kyle Cortez took the loss for Franklin. He pitched 3.1 innings and allowed six runs, only two of which were earned.

Kornburger was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate for Falls with three runs scored. Franklin’s Mike Davis was the only Saber that could figure out Kell. He went 2-for-3 in the game.

The win capped off a 28-7 season for Menomonee Falls. Franklin finished 27-8 and took home the silver trophy.

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