The Bradford softball team will enter the postseason on a high note.
Hosting a triangular at Bullen Middle School on Saturday, the Red Devils went 2-0 with a 13-0 win in five innings over Wilmot and a 5-3 defeat of Stevens Point, which was ranked No. 7 in Division-1 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll.
Bradford finished its regular season with a 20-6 mark and has received a No. 2 seed — and the corresponding first-round bye — in the WIAA Division-1 playoff bracket.
Bradford will host either No. 7 seed Union Grove or No. 10 seed Racine Case in a regional final on Thursday.
“Our defense was outstanding today,” Bradford coach John P. Ruffolo said. “The pitchers are attacking hitters, and we got several two-out hits to extend rallies.
“It’s a great combination to make a long playoff run.”
Against Stevens Point, Bradford jumped out to a 3-0 in the first inning via Sydney Strelow’s two-run home run and Abby Cecchi’s RBI single that scored Alyssa McClelland.
The Red Devils added a single tally in the second when Chloe Garofalo singled, stole second and scored on an error and another in the third on Cecchi’s second RBI base hit.
Stevens Point trimmed its 5-0 deficit to 5-3, but Livie Lehmann relieved starter Kylar Broesch and closed out the game. Broesch got the win in four innings of work, allowing three earned runs on five hits.
Lehmann twirled three scoreless innings and allowed three hits for the save.
Against Wilmot, Bradford rolled to a 9-0 lead through two innings.
Arin Bonofiglio led the offense with three hits, while Jadynn Powell and Lehmann each had three RBI, Strelow tripled and Broesch had a two-run double.
Lehmann started and gave up three hits and no runs in four innings, and Strelow pitched the fifth for the shutout.
In the other game Saturday, Stevens Point defeated Wilmot, 14-3.
The No. 6 seed Panthers will host No. 11 seed Fort Atkinson in a Division-1 regional final at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
No details were provided by Wilmot from either of its games Saturday.
Central 10, Kaukauna 8,
Kaukauna 10, Central 4
The Falcons concluded their regular season by splitting with the Galloping Ghosts in a non-conference doubleheader at Kaukauna.
A six-run second was the big inning for Central in the opener, as the Falcons loaded the bases with two outs.
Abby Jones scored a run with a fielder’s choice, Becca Edwards ripped a two-run single and Ellie Christeson scored two more with a single and scored herself on an error.
The Ghosts tied the game at 8-8 with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, but the Falcons got the go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth when Jones led off with a single and scored on Christeson’s triple. Olivia Kazumura then plated Christeson with a groundout.
Christeson finished with three hits on the game, while Jillian Adams and Kazumura each had two.
Kazumura worked all seven innings, allowing eight runs (all earned) on nine hits with seven walks and 10 strikeouts.
In the second game, Kaukauna led 5-1 after two innings and plated four more in the fourth.
Molly Grabarec went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double for Central, Edwards was 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run, Megan Witt went 2-for-2, Ellie Witt was 2-for-4 with a double and a run and Kazumura doubled and drove in one.
Christeson allowed nine runs (seven earned) in five innings to take the loss.
“We had a good day on offense,” said Central co-coach Tom Lampe, whose team finished the regular season 16-10. “We will need to keep this up going forward.”
Central got a No. 3 seed in the Division-1 playoff draw and will host No. 14 seed Madison La Follette in a regional semifinal 5 p.m. Tuesday at Sorensen Fields in Paddock Lake.
The winner will play either No. 6 seed Wilmot or No. 11 seed Fort Atkinson in Thursday’s regional finals.