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It's on to the Land O'Lakes Western Division baseball playoffs for Sussex and Lannon.

After finishing the regular season Sunday, Aug. 21, both Sussex and Lannon qualified for the postseason by finishing in the top three spots in their respective divisions. Both teams finished in first place.

Monches will take part in the Lake Country Division playoffs at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Pewaukee. The winner of that game will play against host Sussex at noon Sunday, Aug. 28.

In the Suburban Division, the West Bend 7-Up will play at the Brookfield Bulldogs at noon Saturday, Aug. 27. The winner of that game will play at Lannon at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. The grand championship game will take place Saturday, Sept. 3.

Todd Johnson of Sussex captured the individual batting title with a mark of .518. Billy Bynum of the 7-Up took second at .492.

Sussex and Pewaukee tied for the title in the Lake Country Division with 14-4 records; Sussex won the tiebreaker and took the No. 1 spot.Other marks were Monches at 12-6, Oconomowoc 7-11, Merton 6-11, Hartland 2-16 and North Lake 1-16.

Lannon edged the Blue Sox on Aug. 21, 7-6. The winners broke a 6-6 tie by scoring the winning run in the top of the ninth inning. The Stonemen led, 6-3, after five innings.

Troy Kenkel pitched the first eight innings and allowed 11 hits while striking out 12. He gave up six runs. Nick Erd pitched the ninth.

Erd also led the offense with four hits. Brett Krause and Adam Bigus added two hits each, and Jason Kalman drove in two runs.

Steve Bartlien had four hits for Brookfield.

Lannon also stopped North Lake, 7-0. The winners scored six times in the seventh inning to break open a close game. Connor Engel was the winning pitcher.

Ty Kozlowski and Dan Matovich had two hits each for the Stonemen.

Sussex whipped Merton on Aug. 21, 12-4. The winners pounded out 18 hits while giving up just four.

Travis Thompson pitched six innings and earned the win. Alex Fischer and Nick Schreiber also pitched.

At the plate, Schreiber led the way with three hits and five RBIs. Sam Harmeyer and Tanner Johnson had three hits apiece and Taylor Paepke and Todd Johnson chipped in with two hits each.

Chris Price had two hits for Merton and Sam Mulkey drove in a pair of runs.

In the Suburban Division, Lannon won with a 15-3 mark. Other records were the Brookfield Bulldogs at 12-6, West Bend 7-Up 11-7, Brookfield Blue Sox 11-7, Milwaukee 10-8, Menomonee Falls 6-12 and West Bend Lithia 3-15.

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