Red Raiders win first GMC game in four years, 10-9

Beat West Allis Central in bottom of the seventh

April 3, 2012

The Wauwatosa East softball team lost a 9-2 lead but rallied in the bottom of the seventh to nip West Allis Central, 10-9, at Hart Park for their first Greater Metro Conference victory in at least four years.

According to the JS Online/WSN web site, Tosa East has lost at least 54 conference games in a row going back to 2007. 

Junior pitcher Mariel Leering was leading 9-2 when she injured her finger in the sixth inning and had to leave the game. Kirsten Miller, pitching in her first game ever, struggled with eight walks in two innings and saw the Bulldogs scored six runs in the sixth inning and one in the seventh to tie the game.

Freshman Meredith Starnes ripped a triple to right field with one out, but was still on third when Miller came up.

The sophomore pitcher then redeemed herself by smashing a line drive to center field to score Starnes with the winning run and causing a mob scene on the field as the East bench ran out.

"What an amazing sight," East coach Megan Arnsdorfer said. "Everyone rushed over to Kirsten to congratulate her. I know she was in pain (shoulder) from pitching, but she sucked it up and got the job done.

"She came up big in the end."





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