MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – 5 area high school softball teams fought for spots in the WIAA state championship games in Friday's semis.
All 5 games ended up as shutouts, with 3 area teams winning, but 2 falling short of the championship round.
In Division 1, Kaukauna beat Stevens Point to advance. The Ghosts finished 1 win short of the state tournament the last 3 years, but are now just 1 win from the title.
In Division 3, Northeast Wisconsin teams saw success in both semifinal contests.
it will be an all-area final after Laconia and Weyauwega-Fremont advanced.
24-0 Laconia beat Bloomer 2-0 behind a great pitching effort by Kayla Schwebke, who pitched a complete-game shutout with 9 strikeouts.
The Spartans’ 2 runs were both scored on errors, 1 in the 5th after a fielding error by Bloomer’s 1st baseman, then 1 in the 6th on a throwing error by the 3rd baseman.
Weyauwega-Fremont defeated Marshall 2-0 thanks to the heroics of Kiley Akey.
Akey pitched a complete-game shutout with 11 strikeouts, and also scored the first run of a game on a lead-off homer to start the 7th inning.
Laconia will face Weyauwega-Fremont for the Division 3 crown at 1:00 p.m. Saturday.
In Division 4, Shiocton fell 3-0 against Pacelli Friday. The Chiefs gave up 3 runs in the 6th inning, none earned.
Shiocton pitcher Sydney Wilcox gave up only 3 hits in the loss.
The Chiefs had only 4 hits all game, but 2 came to start the bottom of the 7th inning to provide hope.
Shiocton ended up with the bases loaded and the winning run at the plate, but Erica Gassner grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
In Division 2, New London fell to Turner 3-0, giving up all 3 runs in the 1st inning.