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Friday, June 10, 2016

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

DIVISION 2

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 to 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.


DIVISION 3

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 drove in a run on a ground out. Jordyn McKenszie singled in a run in the fifth and Miller knocked in a run on a ground out.

The five-run fifth inning was fueled by an RBI double from Claire Palmquist and a long two-run homer to left-center by Tucker.

Cassidy Quimby had two hits to lead the nine-hit Pirates' attack. Eight of the nine starters recorded a hit in the game. Maegan Brookins, Brooke Dredske and Allison Tomlinson accounted for the three Pumas’ hits.

Laconia 9, Mishicot 0

Kayla Schwebke tossed the second perfect game in State Tournament history as defending champion Laconia (28-0) moved one game closer to an undefeated season with a 9-0 win over Mishicot (24-5) in the Division 3 semifinals.

Schwebke struck out 11 batters in recording the 11th no-hitter in tournament history and the second of the 2016 State Tournament.

The Spartans provided all the run support Schwebke would need in the top of the first, scoring three times highlighted by a two run single by Bri Bartz. They added an unearned run in the fifth inning on an infield error with the bases loaded.

Laconia added three runs in the sixth. Payton Kastenschmidt produced the big hit with a triple to drive in one of the runs and later scored on an infield grounder. The two runs in the seventh completed the scoring. One scored on an error, and the other on a run-producing single by Morgan Tetzlaff.

Andrianna Wegner led the Spartans at the plate with three hits. Hannah Grahl, Abby Luczak and Bri Bartz each chipped in with a pair singles.


DIVISION 4

Southwestern 16, Cochrane-Fountain City 8

Southwestern (25-3) prevailed in a high-scoring 16-8 win over Cochrane-Fountain City (24-5) in the Division 3 semifinals Friday.

After each team tallied a run in the first inning, the Wildcats took command of the game by tying a Division 4 State Tournament record with nine runs in the third inning. Southwestern also tied a Division 4 record with 16 hits in the game.

The Wildcats had eight hits in the nine-run inning, including a two-run double by Allison Kruser and a bases clearing double by Katie Fritz. 

The Pirates responded with four runs in their half of the third inning. Three of the runs scored as a result of errors and Breah Drazkowski added an RBI single.

Southwestern scored six more runs in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 16-5. Fritz had the key hit in the inning with her second double of the game to drive in two runs.

Drazkowski cracked a two-run homer in the Pirates’ three-run fifth inning, to account for the final score.

Kruser went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI, and Fritz went 3-for-3 with five RBI to lead the Wildcats’ offense. Abby Husser had three hits, and both Kerrigan Lyga and Drazkowski added a pair hits for the Pirates.

Thorp 10, Oakfield 0 (5)

Thorp will play for its first State title following a 10-0 victory over Oakfield in five innings in the Division 4 semifinals Thursday afternoon.

The Cardinals opened the game with three runs in the first inning with the aid of just one hit. After loading the bases, a throwing error allowed two runs to score, and Lizzy Schimke singled in a run.

Thorp scored six times in the fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead. The rally was aided by three Oaks’ errors. Taylor Stroinski hit a two-run single for one of four Cardinal hits in the inning. Karley Kryzanski also drove in a run with a single. Stroinski drove in another run in the fifth on a single to center field.

Schimke tossed a five-hit shutout, striking out four in five innings for the Cardinals. She also had two hits to help her cause. Stroinski went 3-for-3 at the plate with a triple and three stolen bases, which ties a Division 4 State Tournament record for a game.

Oakfield had five different players with a hit, including a double by Alyssa Sabel.



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