The softball teams at Brookfield Central and Brookfield East each sport young rosters this season. It has shown on the field, as both have experienced growing pains on the diamond.
An early-season rainout left the two rivals scheduled to play a doubleheader May 12. Brookfield Central rolled to a 20-2 win in Game One, but it was Brookfield East holding a 25-15 lead when Game two was called in the fourth inning.
Leading 1-0 in the first game of the doubleheader, Central exploded for nine runs in the third, with Emily Smyczek doubling in a pair, Taelyn Bintzler driving in two with a single, and Kailee Johnson and Rachel Sicard hitting RBI singles.
The Lancers blew the game open with eight more runs in the fourth to go up 18-1. Rachel Brunner, Johnson, Alexa Rayborn, Bintlzer, Smyczek and Kiley Smith all had run-scoring singles in the frame.
Bintzler finished 4-for-4 with five RBI. Smyczek was 3-for-6 with three RBI, Johnson had two hits and two RBI, and Sydney Cain was 2-for-5. Rachel Sicard had a 3-for-3 game with two RBI at the plate while also allowing just two earned runs over six innings in the circle.
Brookfield East scored 12 runs in the first inning of game two, but Brookfield Central answered with eight in the bottom half and four in the second to tie the game. The Spartans turned a 14-13 lead into a 25-13 advantage with a 10-run fourth.
The rest of the week wasn't so kind to the Lancers, as they lost five of the other six games they played last week to fall to 4-12 overall and 4-7 in the Greater Metro Conference.
Brookfield Central rallied to force extra innings against DSHA on May 8 but eventually fell, 9-5, in eight innings. The Lancers fell 11-2 to West Allis Hale on May 9, earned a 21-14 win over West Allis Central in a resumed game on May 10 and lost 11-4 to Sussex Hamilton on May 11.
A busy week closed with Brookfield Central being swept in a doubleheader by Muskego on May 13, 6-0 and 6-5.
Trailing 5-2 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh against DSHA, Audrey Kentz singled home a pair and Smyczek delivered an RBI single to tie the game.
However, the Dashers led off the eighth with an inside-the-park home run and scored four times in the inning.
Kentz was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Smyczek finished 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss to DSHA. Johnson and Kentz each had two hits against Hale.
The Lancers overcame a 10-0 deficit and used a 12-run fourth inning to down West Allis Central. Smyczek was 3-for-3 with two RBI, Johnson and Kentz each were 2-for-4 with three RBI and Mackenzie Gardiner drove in three runs.
Rayborn, Smyczek, Johnson and Kentz had two hits apiece in the loss to Hamilton.
In the first game of the doubleheader against Muskego, Rayborn went 2-for-2 at the plate and also pitched well in the circle, as she allowed just two hits over six innings all six runs scored by the Warriors were unearned.
The Lancers led Muskego, 5-2, through five innings in the second game, but the Warriors scored four times in the sixth to earn the doubleheader sweep. Sicard went 2-for-2 in the loss and Rayborn was 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI.