BROOKFIELD - It couldn't have started better for the Lakeview Bulldogs, but the rest of the game turned into a what-if scenario.
Evan Olbrych doubled high off the fence in left field leading off the top of the first inning in a non-conference game against the Brookfield Warriors. Olbrych scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Pishotti two batters later, ending Lakeview's offensive output.
The Warriors, conversely, took advantage of their limited offensive opportunities and received solid pitching to prevail, 3-1, Monday at Brookfield Optimist Park.
"We left a lot of guys on base (seven to be exact)," Bulldogs coach Ron DeJulio Jr. said. "One hit here and one hit there and it's a tie ball game at 3-3 and we're going into extras. We're young, and we're working on it."
Anthony Wielbruda and reliever Alex Yourchisn combined on a five-hitter for the Warriors. Wielbruda allowed one run on two hits in four innings. Yourchisn pitched the final three innings, working out of trouble in the sixth.
The Warriors got all the run support they needed when senior Jeremy Quinlan singled home two runs in the third. Quinlan, who had two hits, singled in Brookfield's remaining run in the fifth.
"We needed some work. He (Wielbruda) hadn't pitched for awhile," Warriors coach Bob Trudo said.
"I figured I had to get him some work. Alex is one of our stud starters."
Trudo is putting on the finishing touches before the Warriors open Division III tournament play Tuesday, May 14, at home against the LaBrae Vikings. Brookfield plays only one more game before the senior prom intervenes.
"Thursday they have to pick the tuxedos up," Trudo said. "Friday they have to go to prom. Saturday they're going ... Sunday they'll be here, even though it's Mother's Day. We're going to have to get some work in. I'm short this week."
Jake Pishotti started and pitched six innings for the 5-13 Bulldogs, allowing six hits, striking out six and walking six. He deserved a better fate.
"Jake did a heck of a job," DeJulio said. "His curveball was really on. He placed the fastball where he needed it."
Pishotti walked Wielbruda leading off the bottom of the third. Yourchisn grounded out before R.J. Leon reached on an error and Eric Martin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Wielbruda was forced out at home when Jimmy Quinlan grounded to third baseman Chris Romano. Jeremy then delivered the key hit of the game.
Jeremy has been coming up big for the Warriors in football, basketball and baseball for a long time now.
"He's a heck of an athlete," Trudo said of Jeremy. "There's not much he can't do."
Leon and Martin had consecutive singles leading off the fifth. Jimmy grounded into a double play, advancing Leon to third. Jeremy then made it 3-1 with a single to center.
The Bulldogs had runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth. Pishotti led off the sixth with a single. He stole second and advanced to third on a one-out single by Anthony Setner. Yourchisn retired Romano on a grounder back to the mound and struck out Nick Boldt.
"We tried to do some things," Trudo said. "Hit and runs and I had a bunt-steal on. We have to try to get some bunts down. Little things that will make the difference."