MEQUON — Muskego captured the final state championship of the WIAA summer baseball era on Friday, defeating Pius XI 2-1 in eight innings in walk-off fashion at Kapco Park.
Frankie Cistaro carved Muskego's name in the history books with an RBI single to center field in the bottom of the eighth to close the book on summer baseball with the Warriors on top.
After the two entered extra innings locked in a scoreless tie, Pius XI's Gino D'Alessio hit a sacrifice fly to give the Popes (30-4) a 1-0 lead in the top of the eighth.
Down to their final three outs, the Warriors (22-12) rallied. Cooper Tamblyn hit a one-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He later came in to score the tying run on Drew Iverson's squeeze bunt.
That set the stage for Muskego's picture-perfect finish. Hunter Fredrick drew a walk and was replaced with pinch runner Richard Wauer. After Sam Chovanec drew a walk, Cistaro delivered the single to plate Wauer for the state championship. It was the first state baseball title in Muskego's history.
The Warriors got lights-out performances on the mound against the top-ranked Popes. Jacob Leszczynski tossed five innings of one-hit baseball, and Zach Schulz got the win with three innings of work. Muskego held Pius XI to just three hits.
Wil Martinez had two of Pius XI's hits.
Starting in 2019, all Wisconsin high school baseball teams will play in the spring. This year's summer state tournament ended an era that began in 1965, with New Holstein winning the inaugural title.
It was a huge day for Muskego pitchers. In the Warriors' 1-0 win over Plymouth in the semifinals on Friday afternoon, Rob Zolecki pitched a no-hitter. He struck out six.
Wes Kwapick's RBI triple gave the Warriors the only run they would need in the third inning.
Holden Reilly pitched well for Plymouth (27-7) but took the tough-luck loss. He allowed just one hit in six innings of work: the crucial triple from Kwapick.
The first game of the day saw Pius XI pull away from Menomonee Falls for a 6-2 win.
After the Indians (26-8) pulled out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a sacrifice fly by Brennan Beck, the Popes scored five unanswered runs.
They took the lead with three runs in the third, highlighted by a two-RBI single by D'Alessio. They added two more in the fourth.
Beck hit an RBI double in the fifth to pull Falls one run closer, but Pius answered with a solo homer from Luc Leszczynski in the bottom of the frame.
Pius XI's pitching duo of Sam Treffert and Luke Dahlstrom held Menomonee Falls to four hits in the contest. D'Alessio finished with three hits and three RBIs.