Lasers win 2012 Classic 8 Conference Championship

The Lasers celebrate after cliniching the Classic 8 Conference Championship

Read the Lake Country Reporter/Kettle Moraine Index’s Story on the conference championship

Needing a win against Mukwonago to clinch a share of the Classic 8 Conference
Championship, Kettle Moraine’s backs were against the wall many times against the Indians.

But KM responded each time it faced adversity and held on for a 5-4 win, earning them the 2012 Classic 8 Conference Championship.

It is the first Classic 8 Conference title for Kettle Moraine and the second conference championship in school history.

Down 2-1 in the sixth inning, Kettle Moraine got a pair of hits to start the inning from Scott Sayles and Dylan Grove, followed by a two-run, go-ahead single by Austin Finn.

Mukwonago answered back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, leaving the Lasers trailing by one heading into their final at-bat.

Down 1-2 in the count, Dom Nabak singled to left to start the inning. Matt Melbye followed with a base hit, sending Nabak to third. Justin Yute then laid down a perfect safety squeeze bunt and Nabak just slid past the tag at the plate, tying the game at 4-4.

Cory Ott followed with a sacrifice fly that game Kettle Moraine a 5-4 lead and then was tasked with shutting down Mukwonago in the bottom of the 7th.

Ott started the inning by striking out his cousin, but Mukwonago then loaded the bases with one out. With the tying run just 90 feet away, Ott got a groundball to second baseman Keith Koehn, who stepped on the bag at second and fired to first for the game-ending double play.

Kettle Moraine then ended its regular season the following day, starting a senior at all nine positions on the field on Senior Night. All contributed to a 11-2 victory over Greenfield.

The top seed in its sectional, Kettle Moraine has a bye when regional play opens up Tuesday. The Lasers will await the winnter of Wauwatosa West-Marquette in the regional final Friday.

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