Wauwatosa West proved to be a tough out from the Woodland Conference tournament.
Tosa West, the fourth and final team to qualify from the Woodland West, rallied to force extra innings in a Woodland Conference quarterfinal July 5 at The Rock Sports Complex. But Woodland East champion Cudahy scored in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 6-5 victory.
The loss sent the Trojans into the consolation bracket where they won 10-9 over Greenfield and lost 4-3 to Whitnall on July 6. Tosa West then closed the regular season with a pair of losses, 5-0, 8-0, to Homestead on July 8.
Seeded eighth in the Brookfield Central sectional, the Trojans entered a regional semifinal matchup against ninth-seeded Mukwonago on July 11 with a 12-16 overall record.
The winner of the regional game between Tosa West and Mukwonago was to play top-seeded Marquette in a regional final July 12.
Down 5-3 in the seventh, Tosa West scored the tying runs on the same play — one on a sacrifice fly and another when the throw from the outfield skipped away at third base. Tosa West then retired another player between third and home with one out in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the tie.
But Nick Steele's liner to the wall just beyond an outstretched outfield glove plated the winning run from third base in the bottom of the eighth.
Noah Katula went 3-for-4 at the plate, while Nick Price and Logan Scharf each had two hits.
With three runs already in, Greenfield was threatening to win the game in the bottom of the seventh with runners at second and third with two outs, trailing Tosa West by one run.
Price, playing third base, secured the 10-9 win for the Trojans with a diving backhand catch.
The Trojans built a 5-0 lead, but the Hustlin' Hawks scored three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth to go up 6-5.
Tosa West used a four-run sixth to grab the lead back and added an insurance run to take a 10-6 advantage into the bottom of the seventh. Greenfield plated three runs in its final at-bat before Katula came on to record the final two outs for the save.
Tyler Schackmuth finished 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Katula was 2-for-2 with two runs.
Whitnall scored in each of the first four innings and held on for a 4-3 win over the Trojans in the final game in the consolation bracket of the Woodland Conference tournament.
The Falcons scored three runs in three innings off Katula and led 4-1 after four.
Tosa West scored a run in the fifth and pulled to within 4-3 on a solo home run by Will Jushka in the sixth. The Trojans would come no closer, as Ben Wirth finished off a complete-game win for Whitnall.
Danny Belknapp went 3-for-3 at the plate and threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Katula.
Tosa West was held scoreless on just seven hits over 14 innings in a doubleheader against Homestead on July 8.
The Highlanders scored four runs in the first inning en route to a 5-0 win in game one before again jumping on the Trojans early in an 8-0 victory in the second game.
All five runs Sam Watters allowed over five innings in game one were unearned. Belknapp then threw two scoreless innings.
Price started the second game for Tosa West and was hit for five earned runs in four innings. Spencer Whitlock gave up three runs in two innings of relief.
Dan Rueth collected a pair of hits in game one.