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Four Advance to Div. 1 State Softball Semifinals

Stevens Point 8, Kenosha Tremper 3

Stevens Point advances to the semifinals with an 8-3 win over Kenosha Tremper Thursday in a game that included a 2:11 rain delay Thursday.

The Panthers (27-3) jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning with the first five batters reaching base. The big blow in the frame was an RBI double to center by Brooke Tuszka.

They added a pair of runs in the second inning on a two-run home run by Aubrey Drohner to expand the lead to 7-0. After the Trojans (17-11) scored a run on an RBI single by Emilee Nelson the third inning, the Panthers added a run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Payton Graber to lead 8-1.

Tremper scored a run in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Hailey Crabtree, and on a home run by Amari Whittington in the sixth.  The Trojans loaded the bases with one out later in the inning but were unable to capitalize.

Ally Miklesh, Jordan Kawlewski and Shaylee Kluck and Brittney Flugaur each had a pair of hits for the Panthers. Drohner went the distance to record the victory. Nelson and Crabtree led the Trojans at the plate with two hits apiece.

Pulaski 8, Divine Savior Holy Angels 0

Liz Pautz pitched a gem to toss the 10th no-hitter in State Tournament history as Pulaski (27-1) defeated Divine Savior Holy Angels (22-7) 8-0 in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals Friday evening.

Mallory Ruechel provided the only runs needed by driving in two runs with a single to give the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rylie Anklam drove in a run with a single to give Pulaski a 3-0 lead.

The Red Raiders scored two in the second inning.  Jena Socha brought in a run with a sacrifice fly and Madi Winter doubled to right to increase the lead to 5-0.

Pulaski scored two more runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Ashley Gibbons and on an error. The Red Raiders added more insurance with a run in the sixth inning on a RBI triple by Winter.

Pautz tied a Division 1 record with 16 strikeouts, allowing just one base runner to advance to third base in the game.

Offensively, Winter collected three hits with a pair of doubles, and Anklam added two hits to lead the Red Raiders.

Watertown 7, Verona 1

Watertown (21-7) advances to the semifinals following a 7-1 victory over Verona (22-7) in the quarterfinals.

Ellee Jensen went 4-for-4 at the plate and tossed a three-hitter with seven strikeouts to lead the Goslings to victory.

Katie Crogan drove in a run in the first inning, and Jensen added an RBI single in the second inning to give Watertown a 2-0 advantage. The Goslings took control of the game with two unearned runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth.  Megan Bacchi provided the key hit in the sixth with a two-run single.

The lone Wildcats’ run came in the seventh inning

State Softball Tournament Preview

The 41st Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Softball Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, June 9-11, at Goodman Diamond on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wis. Ticket prices for the tourney are $8 per session for quarterfinals and semifinals, $6 for each championship game and $14 for an all-day ticket on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are available at the stadium or online with a convenience fee per session ticket:  

Softball, Spring Baseball Tournament Series Brackets Posted

The 2016 Softball and Spring Baseball Tournament Series Brackets have been posted on the WIAA website. To access the softball brackets, click on the link below. Use the links at the top of the bracket to view the other divisions and sectionals.

http://halftime.wiaawi.org/CustomApps/Tournaments/Brackets/HTML/2016_Softball_Girls_Div1_Sec1_8.html

To access the spring baseball brackets, click on the link below. Use the links at the top of the bracket to view the other divisions and sectionals.

http://halftime.wiaawi.org/CustomApps/Tournaments/Brackets/HTML/2016_Baseball_Boys_Div1_Sec1_4.html

The State Softball Tournament will be held at Goodman Diamond in Madison on June 9-11. The State Spring Baseball Tournament is scheduled for June 14-16 at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

2016 NFHS Baseball and Softball Rule Changes

Rules changes for the 2016 baseball and softball seasons were made at rules committee meetings last month in Indianapolis. Those changes were subsequently approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Board of Directors.
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