West Allis - Victories of 11-3 over West Allis Central and 6-3 over Sussex Hamilton gave the West Allis Hale softball team sole possession of second place in the Greater Metro Conference this season.
The Huskies finished 11-3 in the GMC, just one game behind champion Menomonee Falls (12-2). Hale beat Falls the previous week but a 10-9 extra-inning loss to Wauwatosa East on May 10 ultimately proved costly in foiling the Huskies' attempt to defend last year's conference championship.
In the game against Hamilton on May 24, Marissa Lehn went 2-for-3 with a triple and a pair of runs batted in for the Huskies, who scored three deciding runs in the fifth inning.
Sarah Mueller posted the victory, allowing just three hits in seven innings with five strikeouts.
Lehn also had a big game in the victory over West Allis Central on May 22, collecting two doubles. Marissa Schultz also had two hits, including a double, and Jessica Knurowski doubled. Mueller gave up six hits and fanned five to get the victory.
The Huskies opened last week with a 7-0 loss to Franklin of the Southeast Conference on May 21. Mueller allowed nine hits in that game.
Hale wound up the regular season at 15-6 and took the fifth seed in its WIAA Division 1 regional. The Huskies opened against 12th-seed Waukesha West on May 29. If they won, they would play either Waukesha South or Hartland Arrowhead on May 31 in a regional championship contest.
If Hale wins the regional, it could face a third meeting with top seed Menomonee Falls in sectional play on June 4. The Huskies split a pair of games with Falls this season, losing 4-0 and winning 9-8.
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