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Madi Zerr delivers a pitch for Wilmot during the Panthers’ regional championship victory over Central on May 23 in Paddock Lake.

The Wilmot and Pulaski softball teams engaged in a tight, well-played game Thursday afternoon in a WIAA State Tournament Division-1 quarterfinal at Goodman Diamond in Madison.

In the end, Pulaski managed to scratch across a run and Wilmot didn't.

Wilmot senior pitcher Madi Zerr and Pulaski junior pitcher Lauren Dixon engaged in a terrific pitcher's duel, but the Red Raiders pushed across a run in the top of the fourth inning via a leadoff triple and a base hit, and that was enough for a 1-0 victory.

Each team had four hits, and neither team committed an error.

In her final high school game, Zerr was splendid, allowing the one run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts on 116 pitches over seven innings.

Senior Haley Lamberson went 2-for-3 for the Panthers, while Zerr and sophomore Hailie Morton each added a hit.

Lamberson reached third base with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, but Wilmot couldn't get her home.

The Panthers finish their Cinderella run to state with an 18-10 record, while Pulaski (24-5) advances to play defending Division-1 state champion Sun Prairie (26-3) in a semifinal at approximately 9 p.m. Friday.

That leaves one Kenosha County team left at state.

Bradford (24-6) advanced with a 5-3 win over Chippewa Falls on Thursday morning and will face Oshkosh North in a semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.

The Spartans (29-0) are the No. 1 seed in the Division-1 draw and the top-ranked team in the state.

The winners of Friday's semifinals will play for the Division-1 state title at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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