A difficult start to the season continued last week for Wauwatosa East's baseball team, as the Red Raiders went winless in five contests.
Tosa East dropped Greater Metro contests to Sussex Hamilton, Oak Creek, West Allis Hale, Marquette and Franklin to fall to 2-9 overall and 0-6 in league play.
A late rally came up just short for Tosa East in a 7-6 loss to Sussex Hamilton on June 5.
The Red Raiders fell into a 4-0 hole in the first inning but battled back for three runs in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Plaisted and a two-run single by George Dizard.
The Chargers got two of those runs back in the fourth and added another in the fifth to go up 7-3. The Red Raiders added single tallies in the fifth and sixth to pull to within 7-5.
With two outs in the seventh, Dizard hit a single that scored Liam Mayer but Plaisted was thrown out at the plate to end the game.
Blake Kratzer went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in the loss, while Dizard was 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Plaisted allowed four earned runs over three innings and Abe Murphy gave up two earned runs in two innings. Dan Palec and Josh Erdtmann each threw a scoreless frame.
Oak Creek scored seven runs in the first inning and didn't look back in a 15-2 win over Tosa East on June 6.
Kratzer had a pair of hits and Plaisted had the lone RBI. Erdtmann took the loss on the mound, while Brian Mahan, Palec and Kratzer also pitched.
West Allis Hale
A back-and-forth affair eventually went the way of West Allis Hale on June 7, as the Huskies broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the fourth and added three more in the fifth for an 8-3 win.
Dizard drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game in the third. After Hale went up 3-1 in the bottom of the inning, Tim Fuerst drove in a run on a ground out and Chris Fuerst tied the game with a two-out RBI single.
Isaac Martin gave up three runs over four innings before giving way to Phillip Harper, who was hit for two earned runs in two innings.
An extra-innings game got away from Tosa East on June 8, as Marquette tied the game with a run in the seventh and exploded for eight runs in the eighth to down the Red Raiders, 11-3.
Kratzer hit an RBI single to give Tosa East a 1-0 lead in the third. The Hilltoppers scored twice in the fourth to go up 2-1, an advantage that held until the Red Raiders took the lead in the sixth.
Jeff Mason started the inning with a single and Plaisted reached on an error to put runners at the corners. Dizard then tied the game with a single to right before Plaisted scored on another Marquette error to make it 3-2.
A leadoff walk and a pair of passed balls allowed Marquette to tie the game on a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Tosa East had the winning run on second in the seventh but couldn't cash in.
Marquette then scored eight runs in the top of the eighth to claim the win.
Mason collected two hits at the plate and limited Marquette to just one earned run despite six walks in six innings. Tim Fuerst took the loss on the mound, while Murphy recorded the final two outs of the eighth.
Tosa East gave up six first-inning runs and couldn't recover in a 13-3 loss to Franklin on June 9.
The Red Raiders made it a 6-3 game with two runs in the fourth, but the Sabers answered with seven runs over the next three innings.
Dizard had two of Tosa East's five hits. Plaisted started on the mound and walked five in his inning of work to take the loss. Mahan threw three innings of relief and Dizard tossed two innings.