After shocking Menomonee Falls in the quarterfinals of the Greater Metro Conference tournament, the Wauwatosa East baseball team set its sights on another upset in the semifinal.
However, Marquette was too much for the Red Raiders, as the Hilltoppers advanced to the conference title game with a 6-2 win.
'After a hard fought game against Menomonee Falls, we really hung in there against Marquette,' Wauwatosa East coach Pete Schwichtenberg said. 'Those guys have hit us well all year long, but our pitchers kept their bats in check for the most part and kept us in the game.'
Marquette scored twice in the first and once more in the second to take a 3-0 lead. The Red Raiders pulled to within 3-2 with two in the third on RBI singles from Jeff Mason and Dan Scallon, but the Hilltoppers scored two in the fourth and one in the fifth to build a four-run cushion.
Mason started for the Red Raiders and walked five over three innings. Isaac Martin pitched the final three innings for Wauwatosa East.
A six-run third inning allowed Franklin to pull away for a 10-2 win over Wauwatosa East in the third-place game of the Greater Metro Conference tournament on July 7.
The Red Raiders plated two runs in the first inning, but their lead was short lived. Franklin took the lead with three runs in the second before blowing the game open with six in the third.
'After jumping out to an early lead, they outhit us for much of the night,' Schwichtenberg said. 'Everything they hit seemed to carry a long way.'
Sean Denny lasted three innings and took the loss for the Red Raiders. Brian Mahan allowed just one run over three innings of relief despite issuing five walks.
Franklin pitchers Aaron Simmons and Tanner Neitman held Wauwatosa East to just three hits.
The Red Raiders wrapped up the regular season July 9 with a 3-0 victory over Greenfield on senior day at Breitlow Field.
Four Wauwatosa East pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout. Mason, Martin and Jake Halstead each threw two innings, while Spencer Michaelis tossed one.
'It was a great day to wrap up our regular season,' Schwichtenberg said. 'On senior day, we got to get all of our seniors time in the field to close out the year. We could not have asked for more from our pitching staff. We wanted to get four of our arms some work on the mound, and they all worked quick and efficient.'
All three Red Raiders runs came in the third. Sam Rutkiewicz had two of Wauwatosa East's four hits.
Wauwatosa East earned the No. 6 seed in the Brookfield Central sectional and was scheduled to host No. 11 seed Wauwatosa West on July 12.
The winner of the game between the Red Raiders and Trojans would meet No. 3 seed Waukesha North at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Frame Park.