After some early struggles this season, the West Allis Hale softball team started to right itself, winning three of four games last week.
The Huskies were not the only area squad to enjoy some success last week, as Greenfield posted a 5-1 mark, including an easy victory over a solid Franklin team. Whitnall also went 5-1.
West Allis Central remained winless but did play what head coach Joelle Curry called the best game of the season in losing by one run to Greendale.
The turnaround, though, belonged to Hale, which was picked to contend for the Greater Metro Conference crown but came into last week only 2-3 in the league and 2-4 overall.
The Huskies won their only GMC game of the week with a 10-0 romp over West Allis Central on April 30.
Sarah Mueller went 3-for-3 with a double, home run and six runs batted in and picked up the victory on the mound, striking out six.
Teara Morgenroth went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Marissa Lehn was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
For Central, Kelsie Kraus and Bria Meier each had singles.
Hale topped Oak Creek, 11-1, April 29 behind another big game from Mueller, who was 3-for-4 with a double, home run and five RBIs and recorded the victory, striking out six.
Rachel Seefeldt was 2-for-2 with a home run, while Jenny Schmidt went 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs and Jessica Knurowski 3-for-3 with an RBI.
The Huskies then split two games in Saturday's Racine Invitational, tipping Racine Lutheran, 2-1, and falling to Kenosha St. Joseph's, 15-5.
Against Lutheran, Schmidt belted her first home run of the season to give Hale the lead in the third inning. Mueller struck out four and Morgenroth made some fine defensive plays, head coach Kay Nichols said.
In the St. Joseph's game, Hale held a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning, but the Lancers then tallied 11 runs in that frame. Schmidt went 3-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs, Seefeldt 3-for-4 with a triple and Mueller 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
The Hustlin' Hawks continued their fine start with five victories, scoring in double digits in all but one.
They topped Brown Deer, 5-1 and 18-0, May 2. Kaylan Biersack earned the victory in the first contest, while Randi Fennig won the other game. Fennig also went 3-for-4 with a double, two triples and seven RBIs.
Greenfield downed 2012 WIAA state qualifier Franklin, 11-1, May 1 as Bella Matthias allowed just two hits in five innings. She also hit a home run and drove in four runs, while Fennig had two hits and three RBIs and Sara Kassel three hits.
"We were on," head coach Jack Miller said. "Matthias pitched a fantastic game for us."
The Hawks swept Shorewood, 10-0 and 10-2, April 29.
Matthias and Fennig combined for a one-hitter in the first game, while Kassel had two hits and two RBIs and Matthias two hits and one RBI.
In the nightcap, Fennig gave up three hits and had two hits, while Kassel collected three hits and Matthias and Kayla Culbertson each two.
The lone loss was an 8-4 decision to South Milwaukee on April 30. Nicollette Curtis had three hits and an RBI and Culbertson a two-run homer. Biersack took the loss but struck out eight.
"(South Milwaukee's) Abby Mahsem is a tremendous pitcher and difficult to hit," Miller said. "Their first four hitters had 11 of their 12 hits, too."
The Falcons started last week with victories of 16-2 over Pewaukee on April 29 and 4-1 over Greendale on April 30.
Against Pewaukee, Alex Cimler had three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs; Liz Thon three hits with a double and two RBIs, Katie Rosenwald two doubles and two RBIs and Liz Menden two triples.
Carly Wagner pitched a complete game, fanning four and allowing just three hits.
Cimler beat Greendale, giving up two hits and striking out seven in seven innings. She also had three hits with two RBIs and a stolen base, while Menden posted three hits and stole four bases and Thon had two hits, with a double, and drove in one run.
Whitnall lost an 8-3 game to New Berlin West on May 1 but rebounded to sweep St. Francis, 17-1 and 14-5, May 2.
In the first game, Cimler collected three hits, with a double, and Menden and Renee Caron both drove in three runs. Sarah Bauer gave up two hits.
Thon went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs in the nightcap, along with Bauer and Caron.
After losing to Hale on April 30, the Bulldogs dropped a doubleheader to Wauwatosa East on May 1 by scores of 15-10 and 12-2.
In the first game, Sara Reuter went 3-for-4 with a double, while Sam Berndt had a home run and triple and Sam Treder and Kraus each two hits.
In the nightcap, Reuter was 2-for-2, both doubles, and Sierra Brown added a double.
Central then fell 17-4 to Brookfield Central on May 2 as Brown, Reuter and Meier each had hits.
The Bulldogs lost three games in the Cudahy Tournament on Saturday, falling to St. Thomas More 12-4, to Cudahy 12-2 and to Greendale 7-6.
Against More, Treder collected two hits and two RBIs, and against Greendale, Kraus had three hits and Berndt and Brown each two hits and two RBIs. Brown pitched a solid six innings.
"The girls put everything together and played an outstanding game against Greendale," Curry said.
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