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Thursday, June 9, 2016

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 in the third inning, the Panthers added a run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Payton Graber to extend the lead to 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, 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 with a single to give the Red Raiders a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Rylie Anklam drove in another run with a single to give Pulaski a 3-0 lead.

The Red Raiders scored two more 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  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 runs 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 on a run-scoring double by Emily Osiecki.

Crogan had two hits for the Goslings to chip in offensively. Verona’s three hits came from Nicole Neitzel, Taytum Geier and Osiecki.

Union Grove 2, Oshkosh North 1

In an epic pitchers' duel, Union Grove (28-2) edged Oshkosh North (23-3) 2-1 in the Division 1 quarterfinals.

The game remained scoreless through seven innings. The Broncos broke through in the top of the eighth inning with a pair of runs. Brittany Moore belted a bases-loaded, two-run double. The Spartans scored a run in the bottom of the eighth and left the bases loaded to end the game.

Sydney Supple pitched well for Oshkosh North, yielding two hits and striking out 10. Moore surrendered six hits and struck out 10 to get credit with the win for the Broncos.

Shaye Gauthier had three hits to lead the Spartans offensively. Kalista Hribar, Samantha Carey and Brooklyn Ottelien and Moore had the hits for the Broncos.

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