Facing a future Division 1 pitcher, the Hamilton baseball team held off a late attack by South Milwaukee in the season opener May 21 to win, 4-3. HHS senior right-handed pitcher Drew Schreihart took to the mound, threw a complete game with six strikeouts, gave up one walk and surrendered just one earned run in the victory.
In the top of the first inning, Schreihart gave up three hits in the inning (nine total in the game), and the Chargers committed a crucial error to allow South Milwaukee to score two runs. South Milwaukee ace pitcher Matt McCarty, who is headed to Louisville, went the distance and struck out eight with no walks.
McCarty cruised through the first four innings with six strikeouts, but Hamilton finally got to the senior in the fifth. With two outs, freshman Patton German recorded an infield hit, which was followed by junior Ryan Hubbell's base hit. Senior Drake Schreihart was hit by a pitch to load the bases for senior Ty Botsford.
Botsford smoked a bases-clearing double to give HHS a 3-2 lead. Senior E.J. LeDonne followed that with an RBI single to score Botsford. SM came back in the top of the sixth to score another run, but Drew Schreihart got out of a jam with runners on second and third with one out by striking out a batter and getting another to fly out.
'Earlier in the week, we talked about our ability to stay resilient and not let bad at bats or errors get us down,' Hamilton coach Mike Schramek said. 'We talked about the ability to flush that stuff as soon as it happens so we can focus on our next opportunity. That is exactly what we did today. McCarty was mowing us down for four innings. We did not let that get in our heads. We continued to battle and guys stepped up. McCarty is a very good pitcher. I am proud of the way we went out and won this game. This was a great start to the season.'
HHS loses to Falls
Against the reigning state champion, Hamilton lost to Menomonee Falls on May 23, 9-3. The Chargers trailed after four innings, 2-1, but took the lead in the top of the fifth. Falls added two runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-3 lead and broke the game open with five runs in the sixth.