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Griffin Doersching has played at The Rock complex in Franklin plenty of times before, but there's something special about this visit.

"We did a lot with travel ball (playing at The Rock complex), but it's way different with your school," said Doersching, a Northern Kentucky recruit playing his lone season with Greendale as a senior. "I honestly love the environment. It's fun to play with your summer ball friends, but it's something different to play with the kids you see every single day."

He was speaking after an impressive showing in a 4-0 win over Greenfield in the Woodland Conference Tournament quarterfinal, with a go-ahead RBI double and a perfect seventh inning to lock down the outcome. But the best was yet to come.

In a third-place battle against Pius, Doersching homered an eye-popping three times as his team prevailed, 14-9. He added home runs in both halves of a doubleheader against Franklin on July 8, giving the Panthers (20-10) a power surge heading into the WIAA postseason.

Greendale racked up 15 hits in the win over Pius, and Doersching went 4 for 5 with four runs scored and five RBIs. Logan Rezash drove in two runs.

Greendale closed the week with a 4-2 win over Grafton and consecutive losses to Franklin in the doubleheader. In a 7-2 loss to Franklin, the Sabers scored six runs in the sixth inning.

Doersching now has 10 home runs on the season.

Greendale 4, Greenfield 0

Against Greenfield, starter Sean Sanchez, who picked off two runners at first base from the mound, delivered an RBI single in the three-run inning.

"The turning point offensively was the two drag bunts back to back by JR Muth and Mitchell Gnadt (in the fifth), and then Griffin came through," Greendale coach Brian Johnsen said. "But the two bunts really got us going."

It's a new day for Greendale, a team disappointed to not win the Woodland West, ceding the title to Pewaukee after winning the league the past three seasons.

"That was a disappointment, so this is our next chance to win a championship," Johnsen said.

Cudahy 12, Greendale 10

But the chance to win a Woodland title fell by the wayside in a bananas semifinal against Cudahy.

Cudahy built an 8-1 lead after two innings and 9-2 lead after three, but the Panthers roared back with two runs in each of the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, piling up 20 hits total. The tying runs were on base when Cudahy recorded the final out and clinched a spot in the tourney final.

Jaelen Johnson went 3 for 5 with two runs scored, and Mitchell Gnadt drove in three runs. Alex Ouellette had three hits.

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