The Indian Trail softball team opened the postseason in dominant fashion Tuesday.
The fifth-seeded Hawks (17-7) needed only three innings to blank No. 12 seed Racine Horlick (2-16), 15-0, in a WIAA Division-1 regional seminal at Indian Trail.
Indian Trail will face fourth-seeded Franklin in a regional championship game Thursday at Franklin. The Sabers (17-4) routed visiting Racine Park, a No. 13 seed, in three innings Tuesday.
The Hawks scored four runs in the opening inning and put the 10-run rule into effect with an 11-run second.
“We did a good job not taking this team for granted and we came out strong and made sure we took care of business in three,” Indian Trail coach Matt Bradley said. “We now have an opportunity to get our first regional.”
Maddie Kozel went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI for the Hawks, who finished with 10 hits. McKenzie Lamos added a double and two RBI.
Anna Vignali, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI, struck out six and walked one over three hitless innings.
Milwaukee Bay View 0, forfeit
Third-seeded Tremper won its WIAA Division-1 regional semifinal game by forfeit due to a Bay View player shortage.
The Trojans (15-9) will play No. 6 seed Muskego (13-12) for a regional championship 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Tremper. The Warriors advanced with an 11-0 home victory over 11th-seeded Milwaukee Reagan in five innings Monday.
Madison La Follette 1, 4 innings
The Falcons pounded out 16 hits and walked six times in a WIAA Division-1 regional semifinal home win over the Lancers.
Central (17-10) will take on archrival Wilmot in a regional championship game at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Paddock Lake.
Olivia Kazumura allowed only one hit and struck out 10 over four innings to earn the victory.
“It was a typical game for Olivia,” Central co-coach Tom Lampe said. “She stayed ahead of the count and dominated in the circle.”
The Falcons took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Dana Herman’s two-run single and exploded for 13 runs in the third.
Kazumura highlighted Central’s big third inning with a two-run homer and a single that plated two more. Ellie Christeson added two doubles and a pair of RBI. Becca Edwards also had a run-scoring double.
“We drove the ball and took advantage of what we were given,” Lampe said. “It was nice to get so many contributions from so many players.”
Wilmot 4, Fort Atkinson 3
The host Panthers erased a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to keep their season alive.
Sixth-seeded Wilmot improved to 15-9, while the No. 11 seed Blackhawks finished their season at 7-15.
Madison Zerr went the distance for the Panthers, allowing three runs (two earned) and six hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Kat Brandl limited Wilmot to a run over the first five innings, but the Panthers rallied with a two-run sixth inning to even the score at 3-3 and plated the winning run in the seventh.
Ambriel Siggeman went 3-for-3 with a double and scored a run to lead Wilmot’s 11-hit attack. Josephine Beinecke went 2-for-4 with a double, drove in a run and scored once. Sami Christiansen went 1-for-3 with two RBI.
Anna Wischnowski (double, RBI, run), Hailie Morton (double), Haley Lamberson, Zerr and Kenzi Ketterhagen each had a hit for the Panthers, who improved to 15-9.
St. Joseph 9, Whitefish Bay Dominican 6
The third-seeded Lancers overcame a sluggish start to defeat the No. 6 seed Knights in a WIAA Division-3 regional semifinal game at UW-Parkside.
St. Joseph (9-7) will hit the road to take on second-seeded Random Lake (13-5) in a regional title game at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Rams beat No. 7 seed Oostburg, 10-6, on Tuesday in Random Lake.
After allowing the first three hitters to reach by error and giving up two runs in the first inning, St. Joseph rebounded with three runs in the bottom half. Cami Nyara’s first home run of her high school career, a two-run shot, highlighted the rally.
“We were playing shorthanded tonight with three of our senior starters on a mission trip, so we had to shift some girls around,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Wroblewski said. “In the first inning, we got a little flustered and committed the three straight errors, but holding them to only two runs was a blessing. The top of our lineup took it from there and provided the spark we needed to beat Dominican for the third time this season.”
Dominican (6-14) took the lead back, 6-5, with back-to-back two-run innings in the fourth and fifth, but the Lancers answered with two runs in the fifth and a pair in the sixth to secure the win.
Caitlyn Janis went 3-for-4 with a double, four stolen bases, three RBI and a run scored to spark St. Joseph.
Nyara went the distance, allowing six runs and five hits while striking out seven and walking three. She helped her own cause by going 3-for-3 with a home run, double, four RBI, a run scored and a stolen base.
“Cami had her best game of the season and hopefully we can keep this rolling and take out Random Lake on Thursday,” Wroblewski said.
Shoreland Lutheran 16, Living Word Lutheran 1, three innings
The top-seeded Pacers wasted no time with the No. 8 seed Timberwolves (8-5), scoring 12 runs in the first inning and four more in the second in a WIAA Division-3 regional semifinal home victory.
Shoreland (16-6) will host Racine St. Catherine’s in a regional championship game 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The fourth-seeded Angels (12-9) advanced with a 13-3 win over Lake Country Lutheran in six innings Tuesday in Racine.
Emily Jones, Kelsey Hill, Victoria Miller, Allie Neumann, Bree James and Kaylee Ruiz each had two hits for Shoreland. The Pacers pounded out 14 hits and took advantage of five LWL errors and six walks.
Hill picked up the win, allowing just a hit while striking out eight and walking one over three innings.