With the wet spring, area softball teams have struggled to get games in, which leave many games left to be played following spring break.
Wauwatosa East has managed to play six games so far and has proven to be capable of putting up runs in bunches. The Red Raiders swung the bats well again last week, picking up a 22-1 rout of West Allis Central on April 11 and a 12-2 win over Milwaukee Lutheran on April 12.
Tosa East sits at 4-2 overall and 2-0 in the Greater Metro and is averaging 12.7 runs per game, which includes a shutout loss in the season opener.
The Red Raiders trailed Central 1-0 before scoring three runs in the bottom of the first and 16 in the second.
After a run scored on an error to tie the game at 1-1, Analiese Glawe hit an RBI single and Emily Muetze drew a bases-loaded walk to put Tosa East up 3-1.
The 16-run second inning was highlighted by a two-run double by Glawe and a three-run home run by Muetze. Cora Bilitz drove in a run with a triple and another with a single, Morgan Schmanski and Riley Breider hit RBI singles, while Glawe, Muetze, Maddy Rudella, Schmanski, Taylor Cure and Shea Murphy forced in runs with walks.
Glawe and Meghan Erickson added RBI doubles in the fourth.
In addition to going 4 for 4 with five RBI at the plate, Glawe didn't allow an earned run and struck out nine without a walk over five innings to earn the win.
"She's been grinding all season and needed a break," Tosa East coach Ed Raue said. "She finally got it and she put together her best game of her young career."
Raue said what impressed him most about Glawe's outing was the zero in the walk column.
"She's been fighting walks all year and against West Allis Central she found her groove and attacked the hitters," Raue said.
Muetze finished 2 for 3 with six RBI. Breider, Bilitz and Murphy each had two hits. Freshman Sadie Michaelis collected her first career hit in the win.
"I've been trying to find at bats for Emily (Muetze) and it seemed like a good matchup for her," Raue said. "She made me look real smart with her big day or real dumb for not getting her at-bats to this point. I told her I was more impressed by the way she tracked a tailing, deep fly ball, which she made it look easy. But that home run was impressive for anyone, let alone a freshman getting one of the first at-bats of her career."
Tosa East continued its momentum over to the next day, using a six-run fourth inning to pull away from Milwaukee Lutheran.
Breider and Rudella scored on the same wild pitch to put the Red Raiders up 2-1 in the first, while Makenzie Miller and Anastacia Raebel came home on separate wild pitches in the second to make it 4-2 in favor of Tosa East. Raebel drove in a run in the third on a groundout that plated Glawe.
Tosa East then scored six times in the fourth to blow the game open, highlighted by a two-run double by Murphy and RBI singles by Miller and Michaelis. Glawe ended the game by 10-run rule with a single that scored Schmanski in the fifth.
"It was a sloppy game with no rhythm," Raue said. "The pitcher was wild but we couldn't square her up. We managed eight hits but only Shea Murphy and Analiese Glawe were able to hit the ball hard."
Glawe finished her big week with a 2 for 3 day at the plate and another win in the circle, allowing two runs on two hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts over five innings. Murphy was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
"We kept a very strong approach and didn't give in to the inconsistent pitches," Raue said. "Analiese battled her control walking four but struck out 11. It was great to see her take ownership and realize that she was a little wild but continued to attack the hitters."
After a week off for spring break, Tosa East will play at West Allis Hale at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25.