Oak Creek Knights Baseball: Welcome

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Oak Creek Knights Baseball

 WIAA State Champions 2003, 2004, 2005, 2012

Conference Champions
1975, 1979, 1988, 2003, 2005, 2006,
2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
 



Sunday, July 10
Thriller versus Marquette as Knights claim GMC tournament crown!


Sunday, July 10
Richter leads the Knights over Franklin in Round 2 of GMC Tournament

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Joey Richter

Wednesday, July 6
Knights overcome early deficit to route Hale 14-4 in round 1 of GMC tournament



The Oak Creek Knights (25-2) varsity baseball team fell behind 4-1 after two innings Tuesday night at Abendschein Park, but erupted with 13 runs in the third through fifth innings to defeat West Allis Hale 14-4 in five innings in round one of the GMC tournament.  Junior Alex Binelas led the offense going 3-3 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI's.  Binelas connected for his team leading 4th home run of the season in the third inning and upped his season RBI total to 35.  Fellow seniors DJ Ellifson, Matt Hamilton and Gannon Goldensoph all added two hits as well, and Goldensoph drove in the game winner with an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth.  Junior Ben Stanke joined an elite group of Oak Creek alum, collecting his 40th hit of the season in the fifth inning, and finishing the game 2-4 with 2 RBI's.  

Senior DJ Ellifson improved to 4-0 ion the mound this season, pitching all five innings and striking out six batters.  The Knights will now host Franklin in the tournament semi-finals at 5:30pm tonight at Abendschein Park.  The winner will advance to play in the finals at noon on Thursday at Kapco Park. The other side of the winner's bracket features Tosa East at Marquette tonight.



Sunday, July 3
GMC tournament set for Tuesday-Thursday next week



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By virtue of their conference championship, the Oak Creek Knights will host the #8 seed West Allis Hale Huskies in round one of the GMC tournament this Tuesday at 5:30.  The Knights will also host a game on Wednesday night at 5:30, regardless of Tuesday's outcome.  Thursday's championship game will be played at Kapco Park at Concordia University in Mequon at 1:00pm.

Sunday, July 3
Sweep of Muskego sends Knights into the holiday break at 24-2 overall



It was a long afternoon at Abendschein Park but it was worth it.  The Knights defeated Muskego 10-3 and 6-5 in a non-conference doublheader that pitted two of the top teams in the area against one another.  In game one, Junior Dylan Fluegel mixed his pitches well to earn the win as he limited Muskego's potent offense to just three runs.  Fluegel improved to 5-0 on the season with the win.  Senior Mitch Magyar came on in the seventh to close things out with 2 K's.  Offensively in game one, the big hit came in the first inning off the bat of Junior Ben Stanke as he laced a three double down the left field line to clear the bases.  Stanke finished 3-4 with three runs scored and three RBI's.  

Game two had a much different vibe as the Knights found themselves in a 4-1 hole heading into the bottom of the fifth.  Senior Kurtis Sippy came up with a clutch two run single to cut the lead to 4-3, and then fellow senior DJ Ellifson came off the bench to deliver a game tying RBI single.  Muskego would take the lead again in the top of the sixth, but the Knights would answer once again in the bottom of the seventh.  Junior Alex Behr's RBI single scored Ellifson to tie the game.  With senior Alec Kent on third with nobody out, Junior Matt Kasar laid down a perfectly executed safety squeeze and Kent slid across home plate with the game winning run.  A strong relief effort from Sophomore Ben Ellifson earned him his first varsity career win on the mound.   



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Luke Posig
Sunday, July 3
Posig's Grand Slam lifts Knights over Whitefish Bay!



Junior Luke Posig continued to add to his power numbers Friday night at Abendschein Park as he blasted a grand slam in the fifth inning against Whitefish Bay to give the Knights a 10-8 lead.  That score would hold up as Senior Tyler Bujanowski closed to the door in the seventh to earn his first save of the season.  Posig finished the game 2-3 with 5 RBI's, upping his season total to 27.  Sophomore Alex Binelas pushed his RBI total for the year over 30 as he drove in 3 runs by going 2-3, including his team leading 10th double of the season.  

Sunday, July 3
CONFERENCE CHAMPS for the 4th straight season! (click link for article from OC NOW)




Sunday, July 3
Knights go 6-0 as they close in on GMC title (click link to article from OC NOW)


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Sunday, July 3
Knight for a Cause game raises $2,200 for Autism Speaks



A special thank you to all the fans, parents and players from Oak Creek and Menomonee Falls as the annual "Knight for a Cause" game was once again a huge success.  The game brought in over $2,000 for Autism Speaks foundation for the third consecutive season.  A big thank you to all of the parents and family members that contributed baked goods, donation items, and their time to make this night a great success!  Thanks to KollegeTown Sports for donating the t-shirts for the event and our "friend" of the program for his donation of the grand prize, a 43" 4K television.  Thanks to everyone for all their efforts!

Sunday, July 3
Falls can't figure out Ellifson as Senior leads the way again on the mound (click link for article from OC NOW)


Sunday, July 3
Victory over Marquette gives Knights one game lead in GMC race! (click headline for article from OC NOW)


Sunday, July 3
Knights outscore West Allis Schools 24-1 to close out week!



A 16-0 win over West Allis Central and an 8-1 win over West Allis Hale on June 9th and 10th closed out a 4-0 week for the Knights.  Against Central, Senior Kurtis Sippy went the distance on the mound, allowing only one hit, and striking out 2.  Junior Ben Stanke's 3 run double in the first inning, and Senior Nate Schoemann's RBI triple in the second proved to be more than enough on this night.

Against Hale, Junior Dylan Fluegel picked up the win by striking out six and allowing only one walk in six innings of work.  Fluegel helped his own cause going 2-3 at the plate to lead the Knights 9 hit attack. 



Tuesday, June 28
Varsity pictures from Mrs. Flick available here (click link)


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Alex Binelas
Thursday, June 23
Binelas drives in 5 as Knights top Sussex 13-3



Sophomore SS Alex Binelas erupted for three hits and five RBI's to lead the Knights past Sussex Hamilton in a home GMC matchup on June 7th.  Senior DJ Ellfison also added three hits, three runs, and two RBI's to pace the offense, along with Senior Nate Schoemann who went 2-4 with two runs scored.  On the mound, Seniors Tyler Bujanowski (4 1/3 IP, 3 K's) and Joey Richter (1 1/3 IP) combined to scatter seven hits in the six inning contest.

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D.J. Ellifson
Tuesday, June 14
Ellifson does it all as Knights down the Falls

Senior D.J. Ellifson not only came up big on the mound versus Menomonee Falls on June 6th, but he also delievered on the bump.  Ellifson went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and also pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out 5 and walking none to earn the win as the Knights won the game 7-2.  

Tied 2-2 in the fifth, the Knights put the game out of reach with a four run inning, highlighted by Senior Matt Hamilton's (2-4; 3 RBI)  2 run single.  An RBI single by Senior Nate Schoemann and a sac fly by Junior Luke Posig comleted the scoring in the inning to make it 6-2.  An RBI single by Sophomore Alex Binelas (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI) in the seventh capped the scoring for the Knights. 



Tuesday, June 14
Knights outlast Brookfield East 9-8



One lopsided inning allowed Brookfield East to hang around with the Oak Creek Knights on June 3rd at Abendschein Park. However the Knights showed tremendous perserverance and came away with a big 9-8 victory over the scrappy Spartans. After falling behind 7-4 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Junior Ben Stanke (2-3; 3 RBI) delivered a three run double with two outs to put the Knights up 8-7.   East tied the game in the top of the fifth, but a run scoring single by Joey Richter (3-3; 2 RBI) gave the Knights a 9-8 lead that would hold up thanks to a strong effort from the bullpen.  Richter earned the win in relief by pitching 2 2/3 innings, while striking out two and walking only one.  Senior Matt Hamilton earned his first save of the season, striking out two Spartans in the bottom of the seventh.  Junior Matt Kasar went 2-2 and Senior D.J. Ellifson also added two hits for the Knights.  

Tuesday, June 14
Mitch Magyar earns Tim Ungerecht Scholarship



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Mitch Magyar
Congratulations to Senior Mitch Magyar for winning the annual Tim Ungerecht Memorial Scholarship.  Mitch has been a varsity baseball and basketball player at OCHS since his sophomore year, and carried a 4.0 GPA.  Mitch will be attending MSOE in the fall.  Congratulations to Mitch on this great honor!

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Senior DJ Ellifson
Thursday, June 2
Knights sweep Franklin to move to 4-1 overall



A tough early season test was passed this week by the varsity team as they swept the GMC season series over Franklin with a 9-6 road win Tuesday night, and an 11-3 home victory last night at Abendschein Park.

Tuesday night the Knights jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on the Sabers.  In the first inning, Sophomore Alex Binelas (2-3; 1 run, 3 RBI) drove in Senior DJ Ellifson (4-5; 2 runs, 2 RBI) with an RBI single and Binelas came around to score on an RBI ground out by Senior Matt Hamilton.  In the second inning, the Knights added two more runs thanks to a two out, two run single by Binelas to score Junior Ben Stanke (3-4; 2 runs, 1 RBI) and Senior Alec Kent (2-4; 3 runs).  After the Sabers battled back to take a 5-4 lead, Senior Joey Richter doubled down the left field line to score Junior Luke Posig and tie the game at 5-5.  Ellifson drove in 2 more runs in the sixth and seventh inning , and a solo home run from Stanke in the seventh capped the scoring for the Knights.  Junior Dylan Fluegel pitched three strong innings in relief to earn his first win of the season.  Richter came on in the seventh and struck out the last batter to record the final out with the tying run on first to preserve the 9-6 win.

Wednesday night's home contest with Franklin featured a more comofortable cushion as the Knights pulled away for an 11-3 win.  The Knights chased Franklin's starting pitcher from the game after putting up a 4 spot in the bottom half of the first.  Seven consecutive batters reached base to open the game and RBI singles from Binelas, Hamilton, Stanke , and Senior Gannon Goldensoph gave teh Knights a quick 4-0 lead.  A solo homer from Binelas (4-4; 2 runs, 4 RBI) and and run scoring single by Posig in the second inning put the Knights up 6-1.  A four run fourth put the game out of reach and the pitching staff and defense did the rest of the work.  Senior Tyler Bujanowski improved to 2-0 on the season by pitching four innings and scattering three hits with three strikeouts.  Ellifson was dominant in his first appearance of the season on the mound, striking out 5 of the 7 batters he faced.  Senior Mitch Magyar needed only 11 pitches in the final inning to close out the Sabers while sporting his new sidearm delivery.  With the win the Knights improved to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the GMC.  Up next for the Knights is another GMC game at home against Brookfield East on Friday.  First pitch is set for 5:30pm.

 



Thursday, June 2
Schoemann leads hit parade at Cudahy



Senior Nate Schoemann led the Knights' 19 hit outburst last Wednesday night at Cudahy, going 4-4 with with 3 runs scored, a triple, and his first career varsity homerun.  In all, 8 of the Knights starters had two or more hits ni the 13-2 victory.  Junior Ben Stanke and Seniors Matt Hamilton and Kurtis Sippy all had multi-RBI games for the Knights as they improved to 2-1 on the season.  Sippy picked up the win on the mound, tossing four innings in his first start of the season, striking out three.       

Wednesday, May 25
Coach Johnson named 1st Team All IIAC after batting .362 on the season (click link to view complete list)




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Wednesday, May 25
Knights hit the RESET button as Bujanowski dominates Tosa East



Senior right-hander Tyler Bujanowski was dominant on the hill Tuesday night at Abendschein Park as the Knights defeated Tosa East 3-1 to pick up their first win of the season.  "Buj" struck out a career high 8 batters, and allowed only 2 hits in six innings of work.  Joey Richter picked up the save in relief.  Offensively, the Knights struggled to string hits together but Sophomore Alex Binelas and Senior Matt Hamilton led the way early.  Binelas walked and stole second in the first inning and then scored on a base hit by Hamilton (2-3, RBI).  Binelas later added a booming solo shot to right center to put the Knights up 3-0 in the sixth.  Junior Luke Posig added a sacrfice fly to score Richter to round out the scoring.  The Knights will travel to Cudahy Wednesday night at 4:45 for a non-conference tilt with the Packers.

Tuesday, April 12
Tanner Johnson, 2012 GMC Player of the Year, hired to join varsity coaching staff!



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Tanner Johnson returns to Oak Creek
The Oak Creek baseball program is proud to welcome back 2012 Oak Creek graduate Tanner Johnson as a varsity assistant coach.  Coach Johnson will serve as the bench coach for the varsity and work closely with the infielders and hitters.  During his high school playing career, Johnson was an instrumental piece of the Knights 2012 state championship team when he batted third in the lineup and was named conference player of the year, 1st team all-area, and 1st Team All-State.  He accepted a baseball scholarship to Iowa Lakes Junior College and was named 1st team all-conference during his sophomore campaign.  He currently is the starting 3rd baseman and having a strong senior season at Wartburg College.  Coach Johnson will graduate in May with a teacing degree in physical education.  

Wednesday, March 2
Coach Dooley returns as Associate Head Coach! Led Knights to 2 State Championships



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Coach Dooley's 2004 State Championship Team

The Oak Creek Knights baseball program is excited to announce the return of Coach Peter Dooley to the varsity coaching staff this summer.  Dooley, the varsity head coach at Oak Creek from 1999-2004, led the Knights to their first two state championships in 2003 and 2004.  He wil serve as the Associate Head Coach to Coach Holler and work closely with him on the day to day operations of the varsity team.

During his six year tenure, Coach Dooley collected 126 career wins, versus only 62 defeats. In addition to the state championships, he also led the Knights to their first ever appearance in the state tournament in 1999.  He was named the Journal Sentinel Coach of the Year in 2003, and also coached in the WBCA All-Star Classic in 2004.  He was the head coach of the first Knight to ever be drafted, Tony Harper, when Harper was selected in the 11th round of the 2003 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Dooley has remained close to the program for many years in various roles, including serving as the head JV coach for two seasons in 2005 and 2006, and also assisting the JV team last season.  We are proud to welcome him back to the bench in 2016!



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Oak Creek vs. Greendale @ Fox Cities Stadium-June 5th
Friday, February 19
Knights to play at Fox Cities Stadium on June 5th



Due to graduation being held on June 4th, the Oak Creek Knights and Greendale Panthers decided to move their game to the following day...and a few miles away.  The Knights and Panthers will play at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, home of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The teams will face off after the Timber Rattlers finish their afternoon game earlier in the day.

Friday, February 19
Six Senior Knights have committed to play college baseball!



Congratulations to the following seniors on their committments to play college baseball in the fall of 2016!

Tyler Bujanowski- Des Moines Area Community College
D.J. Ellifson- St. Cloud State University
Gannon Goldensoph- Ventura College (California)
Matt Hamilton- Illinois State University
Nate Schoemann- St. Mary's University (Minnesota)
Kurtis Sippy- College of Lake County (Illinois)