The Germantown offense has been explosive for the entire season. But on July 12 in a WIAA summer baseball regional final, the No. 2 seeded Warhawks were finally silenced in a 1-0 defeat to No. 7 seed Kewaskum.
"Give them a lot of credit," Germantown coach Jeff Wolf said. "Their defense made some big plays. I thought we hit a couple balls hard, but sometimes in baseball, you hit it right at them and you get nothing to show for it. Unfortunately, we picked a bad time to not score any runs. But (Kewaskum) had a little something to do with that, as well."
Kewaskum scored the winning run in the sixth inning. Jake Eigner struck out two and Noah Imrie had four strikeouts.
Germantown averaged 6.7 runs per game this season.
"We were the No. 2 seed and we had a heck of a season, but I told the guys I was extremely proud of them and as proud of this team as any team I have ever coached," Wolf said. "They battled through a lot of adversity in the season. They overcame some key injuries and they didn't achieve the ultimate goal, which was to get to the state tournament and win it, but they had a great season. They have nothing to be ashamed of. It was a great baseball game that didn't go our way."
Wolf was also pleased with his team's ability to overcome multiple injuries throughout the year.
"In all my years of coaching, this was probably the strongest team we have ever had in terms of depth," Wolf said. "Especially at the pitching position. We lost two of our top pitchers and won 24 games. That goes to show you how much depth we had."
Germantown will lose seniors Nathan Hefle, Dan Drinan, Bryce Thomas, Imrie, Connor Stoming, and Eigner, but will return a strong group of underclassmen.
"We're going to miss those seniors and what they brought on the field," Wolf said. "But they were incredible young men. They were great leaders, great characters, great teammates and great role models for our younger players. We'll miss that but we have some really, really good kids coming up."
Three make NSC first team
Before Germantown heads to the Greater Metro Conference for the 2017-18 season, the baseball team had to send the Warhawks out of the North Shore in style.
In the loaded NSC, GHS placed second behind the top team in the state, West Bend West, and won 24 overall games.
Bryce Thomas received first-team All Conference honors at first base after driving in a team-high 37 runs with a .320 batting average.
Stoming was first team in the outfield and hit .437 with 24 RBIs and 12 doubles.
Sophomore infielder Jonathan Wizner contributed 45 hits, 29 runs scored, 16 RBIs and batted .450 on his way to a first team nod.
Eigner was the team's lone second team selection. The senior pitcher struck out 40 batters in 31 1/3 innings and sported a 1.341 ERA.
Imrie, a senior pitcher, was honorable mention and had a 1.537 ERA.
Drinan, a senior outfielder, received honorable mention status after batting .375 with 13 RBIs and 24 singles.
Colten Thomas, a junior utility player, was honorable mention, hit .307 and drove in 15 runs.
Junior Blake Kunz also made honorable mention as a designated hitter. Kunz had 16 RBIs and a .291 batting average.
West Bend West's Anthony Schlass and Evan Albrecht were named NSC co-Players of the Year. WBW's Billy Albrecht was Coach of the Year, and Bill Schubert was Assistant Coach of the Year.
North Shore Baseball
Pitcher - Nathan Burns, sr. (West Bend West); Austin Jeffery, sr. (Homestead)
Catcher - Jake Thelen, sr. (West Bend West)
First base - Bryce Thomas, sr. (Germantown)
Infield - Evan Albrecht, jr. (West Bend West); Jared Antonneau, jr. (Cedarburg); Jonathan Wizner, so. (Germantown)
Outfield - Carson Kimple, jr. (Whitefish Bay); Justin Schroedel, sr. (West Bend West); Connor Stoming, sr. (Germantown)
Utility - Anthony Schlass, sr. (West Bend West)
Designated hitter - Lukas Broske, fr. (West Bend West)