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NFHS Softball Rule Changes Focus on Uniforms, Equipment

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Softball Rules Committee approved four additions to Rule 3 regarding uniforms, equipment and substitutions at its June 13-15 meeting in Indianapolis. These changes approved by the committee, along with one in Rule 1, were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

State Titles Crowned in Softball


Stevens Point 16, Watertown 4

Stevens Point (29-3) won its membership-leading ninth State championship with a 16-4 victory over Watertown (22-6) in the Division 1 final Saturday at Goodman Diamond.

The Panthers’ pounded out 20 hits in the game, one short of the tournament record. They scored a run in the top of the first on an RBI single by Payton Gaber.

The Goslings plated three runs in the bottom of first inning. They scored a run on a Panthers’ errant throw and then on a pair of singles from Katie Crogan and Paige Miller. 

The Panthers exploded for six runs in the third inning with the key blows coming on a two-run double by Aubrey Drohner and a three-run homer by Halle Pavelski. They scored two more times in the fourth on a ground out and an infield single by Brooke Tuszka.

Jordan Kawlewski, Drohner and Pavelski each had RBI singles in a four-run fifth inning. They added three more runs in the sixth inning. Kawlewski belted an RBI double, and Shaylee Kluck drove in a run with a single in the frame.

The Goslings added a solo run in the sixth inning on another run-producing single by Crogan.

Kawlewski, Drohner, Kluck, Pavelski and Tuszka each collected three hits in the game. Pavelski drove in a game-high five RBI. Rachel Sullivan tied a Division 1 record by scoring five runs in the game, all as a pinch runner. She also tied the tournament record for runs with seven.

Aubrey Drohner was credited with the victory, pitching a complete game. She surrendered 11 hits and struck out one.

Crogan led the Goslings’ 11-hit attack with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Miller also connected for a pair of hits. 

The Goslings finish runner-up for the second straight year. They have played in nine State Tournaments.


New Berlin West 2, Delavan-Darien 1

New Berlin West (26-5) edged Delavan-Darien (25-7) 2-1 in the Division 2 final to win its first State title Saturday at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

Camryn Klotz delivered the big hit for the Vikings to ignite a two-run third inning. She belted a line drive into the right field corner for a triple to score Leah Marrari, who walked to lead off the inning. Cheyenne Sowinski drove in Klotz with a base hit to score the second run in the inning.

The lone Comets’ run came in the fifth inning. Shelby Gramly singled to score Sydney Anderson, who singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on passed ball.

Sowinski was credited with the victory for the Vikings. She struck out four hitters and allowed five hits. She aided her cause at the plate with two hits and an RBI. Klotz also collected a pair of hits in the game.

Jennah Speth took the loss despite setting a State Tournament record with 36 strikeouts in two games. She struck out 14 Vikings and yielded five hits. The Comets recorded five hits in the game, all singles.


Laconia 3, Grantsburg 2

Laconia (29-0) finishes the season undefeated en route to its second straight Division 3 State championship with a 3-2 win over Grantsburg (26-3) in the final at Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wis. 

Grantsburg got on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the first inning on a throwing error. The Vikings manufactured a run to score again and lead 2-0 in the third inning. Britta Roufs drew a lead-off walk, stole second a

Division 2, 3 & 4 Teams Advance to State Softball Finals


Delavan-Darien 1, Northwestern/South Shore 0 (9)

Delavan-Darien rode the arm of Jennah Speth to advance to the Division 2 final with a 1-0 triumph over Northwestern/South Shore in nine innings. The game was suspended in the eighth inning Thursday evening and completed Friday morning.

Speth recorded a State Tournament record 22 strikeouts in the game. She yielded just two hits and one walk in the game. Only two Tiger base runners advanced to second base.

The lone run scored in the game was unearned. With one out in the top of the ninth, Speth reached second on a two-base error in the outfield.  Morgyn DeLara, who had both the Comets’ hits, followed with an RBI single through the left side of the infield to score the eventual winning run.

The shutout spoiled a quality pitching performance by the Tigers’ Cheyenne Johnson, who didn’t allow an earned run on two hits, striking out 15 batters. The Tigers’ two hits were singles off the bats of Cassidy Friend and Brooklyn Oswskey.

New Berlin West 4, New London 3

New Berlin West (25-5) advances to the Division 2 final following a 4-3 win over New London (25-5) in the semifinals Friday morning.

The Vikings scored in the first inning on a Charlotte Ropas RBI single. She drove in another run in the third inning to give West a 2-0 lead. In the fourth inning, the Vikings expanded their lead to 3-0 on an RBI single by Cheyenne Sowinski.

West added what proved to be an important insurance run in the sixth. Ropas drove in her third run of the game with single to the left side.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the sixth inning. McCoy Mix delivered a run-scoring single. After Abbey Elsholtz scored on a wild pitch, Erin O’Connell clubbed an RBI double to left center to narrow the deficit to 4-3. The next two hitters grounded out to end the New London rally.

Sowinski and Ropas each had two hits top pace the Vikings’ offense. Sowinski was also credited with the victory, tossing a complete game with eight strikeouts.

Molly O’Connell collected two hits to lead the eight-hit Bulldogs’ offense. O’Connell was charged with the loss, yielding seven hits and striking out 12.


Grantsburg 10, Poynette 0 (5)

Grantsburg (26-2) scored runs in four of the five innings in a 10-0 win over Poynette in the Division 3 semifinals Thursday afternoon.

Olivia Tucker fired a three-hit shutout for the Pirates. She struck out nine and allowed just one runner to reach second base in the game.

The only run Tucker needed came in the second inning when Rhiana Pochman was hit by a pitch to force in a run. The Pirates added two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Megan Miller drove in one of the runs in the third and Briena Jensen dr


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