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Red Raiders go 1-2 in GMC tourney to end regular season

Open WIAA tournament Tuesday against Sussex Hamilton

July 10, 2012

After getting a bye in the first round of the Greater Metro Conference Tournament consolation bracket, Wauwatosa East came out and played a doubleheader on July 5 and came away with a split in the brutal 100-degree heat.

The Red Raiders earned an exciting 4-3 win over West Allis Central in an early afternoon game at McCoy Field in Brookfield. They then played host to Brookfield Central and played the Lancers tough for 4 ½ innings before dropping a 10-4 decision.

East, which finished the regular season at 9-19, claimed the 12th seed in the WIAA Waukesha West Sectional and visited fifth-seeded Sussex Hamilton in a regional semifinal on Tuesday. If they won that game, they would play the winner of fourth-seeded Brookfield East and 13th-seeded Waukesha North in a regional final on Friday.

The sectional is slated for Monday at Waukesha West.

Raiders take down Bulldogs

Central scored twice in the first to take a 2-0 lead.

The Red Raiders came back in the bottom of the inning with three straight doubles by Steffin Uhrich, Jonah Meidl and Ben Carpenter to tie the score. Colin Trautschold's sacrifice fly scored Carpenter for a 3-2 lead.

The Bulldogs used an error, a single, a hit batter and a wild pitch to tie the game in the seventh.

But East rallied, as Uhrich walked and when Meidl bunted to the first baseman, Uhrich went into second and coach Brian Karas waved him around. First baseman Mike Phillips rifled a throw to third to try and get Uhrich out, but the throw went past the third baseman and into left field.

An exhausted, but excited Red Raiders team greeted Uhrich at the plate as he scored the winning run.

Uhrich scored twice, walked twice and doubled from his lead-off spot, while Meidl doubled, was hit by a pitch, scored a run and drove in one. Carpenter was hit by a pitch, doubled in a run and Derek Wulff had two singles.

Sophomore Ben Plaisted turned in a strong outing, tossing seven innings, allowing six hits with two walks while fanning five.

"When we're consistent like this we can play some pretty good ball," Karas said.

Central too much to overcome

Central led 3-1 off Trautschold when the Red Raiders scored twice in the fifth to tie the game. But the Lancers scored four in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-3 lead. After Tosa East added a run in the sixth, Central added three for a six-run advantage.

The Red Raiders outhit the Lancers, 9-8, but no one had more than one hit.

Meidl, Carpenter, Wulff, Uhrich, Bobby Russ, Kyle Gottwein, Riley Poe, Ben Joyce and Jake Martin had the Tosa East hits.

Trautschold allowed seven hits, seven runs, three walks and three strikeouts in his five innings. Gottwein was making his varsity debut and allowed three runs on a hit and a walk in the sixth.

Marquette rallies past East

In the tourney finale on July 6, East had a 3-0 lead over the Hilltoppers in the fifth, but Marquette then scored two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to pull out the win, 5-3.

Meidl had a strong outing, throwing five innings with four walks and two strikeouts, while Carpenter took the loss in relief.

Carpenter scored two runs, while Poe had two hits for the Red Raiders.

"They hit us to beat us," Karas said.

East got a two-out double from Carpenter in the seventh, but a ground out ended the threat.

- Steven L. Tietz contributed to this story

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