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Prep softball roundup: Bradford wins sectional semifinal game

Prep softball roundup: Bradford wins sectional semifinal game


The Muskego softball team was no match for pitcher Livie Lehmann and the Bradford softball team Tuesday.

Lehmann tossed a no-hitter for the Red Devils, who needed only five innings to defeat the sixth-seeded Warriors 10-0 in a Division-1 sectional semifinal at Bullen Middle School.

“Livie pounded the strike zone and our defense was phenomenal,” Bradford coach John P. Ruffolo said. “That energized our offense. We had great discipline at the plate, and even our outs were productive. We feel like we are playing our best ball at the right time.”

The second-seeded Red Devils (22-6) will take on No. 8 seed South Milwaukee in the sectional championship game 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Bradford. The Rockets (14-5) advanced with a 1-0 road victory over fourth-seeded Franklin in 10 innings on Tuesday.

Bradford jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning when Chloe Garofalo and Alyssa McClelland walked and scored on Lehmann’s double.

The Red Devils padded their advantage to 5-0 with three more runs in the second inning. After Arin Bonofiglio was hit by a pitch and Garofalo drew another walk, Sydney Strelow doubled home both base runners and scored on McClelland’s sacrifice fly.

Bradford added two more runs in the third inning. Lehmann was hit by a pitch and Abby Cecchi singled to start the threat, and both scored on RBI groundouts for a 7-0 lead.

The Red Devils closed the scoring with three runs in the fourth inning to put the 10-run rule into effect. Strelow singled and, following a McClelland walk, scored on Jadynn Powell’s sacrifice bunt when the throw got away. McClelland scored on a groundout and Powell crossed the plate on a wild pitch.

Strelow sparked Bradford’s offense with two hits, a pair of runs and two RBI. Lehmann knocked in three runs.

Wilmot 3, Oregon 1

A three-run fifth inning proved to be the difference in Wilmot’s Division-1 sectional semifinal home victory.

Madison Zerr delivered the key hit with a two-run double to give Wilmot the lead for good. Anna Wischnowski also drove home a run in the pivotal fifth.

Zerr also had a standout performance on the mound for Wilmot, allowing just a run and three hits while striking out eight and walking one over seven innings. After giving up a run in the first inning, Zerr blanked Oregon over the next six.

Sixth-seeded Wilmot (17-9) will take on No. 4 seed Beloit Memorial for the sectional championship 5 p.m. Thursday at Lake Geneva Badger. The Purple Knights (18-6) advanced with a 1-0 win over host Elkhorn on Tuesday.

Haley Lamberson (run), Hailie Morton (double) and Kenzi Ketterhagen also had hits for Wilmot. Josephine Beinecke and Jessica Dorobek each scored a run.

Random Lake 5,

Shoreland Lutheran 2

A slow start proved costly for the Pacers in a season-ending Division-3 sectional semifinal loss to the Rams in Somers.

Random Lake (15-5) took advantage of three Shoreland errors with four hits, including Melanie Kritz’s solo home run, and five runs in the first inning.

“Random Lake came out with fire in their eyes,” Shoreland coach Kelly Hill said. “I think it shocked us, but I was proud of our response. We settled in and battled. Kelsey really calmed us down after that first inning by hitting her spots and keeping batters guessing.”

Shoreland (17-7) got on the board in the fifth inning. Emily Jones reached on a two-out walk, moved to second base on Haylee Dodd’s bunt single and scored on a throwing error.

The Pacers trimmed the lead to 5-2 in the sixth inning when Allie Neumann doubled and scored on Kaylee Ruiz’s two-out single.

Jones (3-for-3, run, walk), Dodd (3-for-4) and Neumann (double, run) led Shoreland’s offense. Kelsey Hill took the loss, allowing five runs (one earned) and five hits while striking out six and walking four over seven innings.

“Kelsey Hill is our only senior,” Kelly Hill said. “We have a young team with four freshmen and two sophomores back in the starting lineup. They all showed some poise after that first inning being able to battle back. I am very proud of that response.”

Random Lake will play Campbellsport in a sectional championship game Thursday.

Scott Koker


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