A tough season for the Wauwatosa East baseball team continued at the Greater Metro Conference tournament, but the Red Raiders were able to close the regular season on a high note with a nonconference victory over Greenfield.
Tosa East did not qualify for the championship bracket of the Greater Metro Conference tournament and went 0-3 on the consolation side last week, losing 8-7 to West Allis Hale on July 3, 8-1 to Menomonee Falls on July 5 and 3-1 to Marquette on July 7.
The Red Raiders recovered to collect a 5-2 win over Greenfield on July 8 to enter the playoffs with an overall record of 6-24.
Seeded 12th in the Brookfield Central sectional, Tosa East was scheduled to play at fifth-seeded Pewaukee in a regional semifinal July 11. If the Red Raiders sprung the upset, they would have faced either fourth-seeded Kettle Moraine or 13th-seeded Waukesha South in a regional final July 12.
West Allis Hale
After allowing three runs in the bottom of the sixth to fall behind 7-4, Tosa East rallied in the top of seventh to force extra innings.
The Red Raiders were down to their final out and trailing by three runs when Jeff Mason, Sam Rutkiewicz and Parker Esswein hit consecutive RBI singles to tie the game at 7-7.
Josh Erdtmann recorded the first two outs of the bottom of the eighth before a single and a passed ball set up a walk-off single by Tyler O'Brien that gave Hale an 8-7 victory.
Mason finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Blake Kratzer added two hits and Rutkiewicz drove in a pair.
Brian Mahan started for Tosa East and allowed two earned runs with four strikeouts over four innings. George Dizard was hit for three earned runs in two innings of work and Erdtmann gave up an unearned run over 1 2/3 innings.
Tosa East jumped out to an early lead, but Menomonee Falls took control with a pair of runs in the third and added on from there in an 8-1 win.
Aaron Plaisted was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored.
Mason took the loss on the mound, allowing four earned runs on eight hits with four walks and five strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Isaac Martin recorded the final two outs of the fifth and Chris Fuerst gave up two unearned runs in the sixth.
The Red Raiders hung with the Hilltoppers but four errors proved costly in a 3-1 loss.
Plaisted kept Tosa East in the game, as the left-hander did not give up an earned run and allowed just two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in four innings.
Martin picked up where Plaisted left off throwing two strong innings, but poor defense by the Red Raiders allowed Marquette to add two unearned runs.
All three Marquette runs were unearned. The Hilltoppers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth and scored a pair in the sixth for a 3-0 advantage.
Mason singled home Kratzer in the seventh to get Tosa East on the board, but Marquette's Peter Ahn recorded a strikeout and a lineout to end the game.
A four-run fifth inning and strong pitching from Phillip Harper, Dizard and Mahan propelled Tosa East to a 5-2 nonconference win over Greenfield.
The Red Raiders fell behind 2-0 in the first inning, but Martin connected for an RBI single in the fourth to pull Tosa East to within one run.
Tosa East did its damage in the fifth with two outs, beginning with a two-out RBI double by Rutkiewicz that tied the game at 2-2. Plaisted followed with a single to score Rutkiewicz, Mason plated Plaisted with a double and Tim Fuerst capped the big inning with a run-scoring single.
Harper settled in after the first inning to allow just the two runs over four innings. Dizard came on to throw two scoreless frames before Mahan kept the Hustlin' Hawks off the board in the seventh.