While most area softball teams have yet to play a game, Wauwatosa West is already off to a 2-0 start in Woodland West play.
A six-run fourth inning propelled the Trojans to an 8-6 victory over Pewaukee in their season opener on March 21, while Tosa West took an early 9-0 lead en route to 14-4 run-rule win over Pius XI on March 23.
"The season is very young, but nonetheless it is nice to open the season with two wins against league opponents," Tosa West coach Don Desotell said.
The Trojans struck first in the top of the first inning against Pewaukee when Margaret Radske singled and came around to score on a double by Melissa Biefeld. Pewaukee scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead.
Tosa West pulled to within 3-2 on a sacrifice fly by Bielfeld in the third before exploding for six runs in the fourth. Kaitlyn Nimmer reached on an error to start the rally before a single by Olivia Greener and a walk to Adie Davies loaded the bases.
After Nimmer scored on a passed ball to tie the game, Riley McAdams singled to center to score Greener to give the Trojans a 4-3 lead. An error allowed Davies to score on a ground ball by Sophie Stuppy before McAdams touched home on a groundout by Radske. Tosa West capped the big inning with RBI singles from Biefeld and Emma Elliott to go up 8-3.
Pewaukee tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 8-6, but Davies tossed a perfect sixth in the circle and worked around a leadoff walk in the seventh to seal the victory. Davies allowed just two earned runs over seven innings in a complete-game win. She walked nine but allowed just one hit and struck out seven.
Biefeld finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI.
"The Pewaukee game featured quality pitching by Adie Davies, who pitched the entire seven-inning contest," Desotell said. "Adie had one tough inning in the third but fought through it and kept her and her team in the lead."
Tosa West scored seven times in the first inning to quickly jump on Pius XI. After going up 2-0 on a pair of runs scoring on passed balls, Greener plated a run with an RBI groundout, and Davies hit an RBI single. An error by the Popes let another run score to make it 5-0 before Stuppy singled in two runs.
Davies tripled in a run in the second and scored on a single by McAdams. The Popes scored three times in the top of the third, but the Trojans answered in the bottom half on what appeared to be a two-run home run by Biefield. It was ruled a triple, and Biefield was called out due to an offensive interference call on Tosa West at home plate.
McAdams scored two with a single in the fourth, and Tosa West ended the game in the fifth on an RBI single by Greener and a run-scoring groundout by Davies.
Kaitlyn Nimmer picked up the victory by working five innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts.
Greener, Davies, McAdams and Stuppy all had two hits against the Popes. Davies and McAdams each drove in three runs, while Greener and Stuppy each had two RBI.
"We got very good pitching by Kaitlyn Nimmer," Desotell said. "We had 11 hits and also tore up the bases, with four players having multiple stolen bases with Margaret Radske stealing three herself."
The schedule will heat up for Tosa West next week as it was scheduled to play at defending Division 2 state champion New Berlin West on March 28 and at New Berlin Eisenhower on March 30.