State Softball Day 2; D2, D3 & D4 Semifinals

If there is anything we've learned this weekend, it's that no lead is safe in softball. Today, we found that out in the largest of margins.

Mosinee found itself behind the eight ball early when they spotted Denmark a 7 spot in the first inning.

"We got behind. Everybody was a little nervous,"Mosinee head coach Todd Felch said. "We spotted them a few runs, but with this team, you're never done."

Then this happened. Paige Wicklund bashes it to right and it skips past the right fielder. Wave Wicklund home. The slide and the jump.

"I was just full of excitement. This is the time, I always struggled with hitting against bases loaded," Mosinee's Paige Wicklund said. "I knew I had to cut our lead in half. That was our goal this inning. I thought coach was going to hold me up at third. I told him I was running for my life. I couldn't stop. I saw him giving me this, and I was like 'alright', and I just gave it my all."

Down 3. It was on for the Indians. McKinzey Johnson finds the hole for as single. Once again Wicklund scores. 7-5.

Down 1 now. Kyla Osowski floats this into right center, and it finds turf. We're tied.

Then the triumphant moment. Wicklund is all over the place. She slaps a bouncer and Courtney Claeys touches the plate and jumps for joy. The Indians come all the way back to win 8-7.

"We really never quit. We're always going. We're always moving, and we don't get down on ourselves. We pick each other up. We're a really close team," Mosinee's pitcher Kyla Osowski said.

Osowski added that this game only helps them only get closer to their goal, and that they are ready to pick each other up tomorrow at 4 p.m.

Tomahawk came into the state tournament the underdog in Division 3. The Hatchets hadn't been to the state tournament since 1983. So, you would assume nerves were a factor.

Right away, those jitters showed when Rachel Dallman yanked this pitch and Kiki Carey hustles home to make it 1-0.

"First inning, I came out a little bit nervous. I'm gonna be honest," Tomahawk senior Rachel Dallman said. "It was just so different than anything we have done before. Just to overcome it as a team for everybody to have my back when they were getting big hits and coming through to hold them throughout the entire game was just incredible."

The Hatchets would quickly answer in the bottom of the first. Courtney Theiler clocks it back up the middle. Taylor Shilts scored and we are tied at one.

From there, it was a pitchers duel. Dallman settled in. She finished with 4 strikeouts and only 7 hits given up.

"I just had to calm myself when I was out there," Dallman said. "I was very focused on hitting my spots and trying not to throw it right down the middle, so they can't get a good hit off of me, but it was insane."

We head to extras. The bottom of the eighth would be one to write home about. Courtney Theiler would knock this ball to short. She beats it out. Jordyn Kaminski scores, and the Hatchets walk off to the championship.

"Quite honestly toward the end, I knew I was kind of due for a hit," Tomahawk senior Courtney Theiler said. "It was definitely nerve racking, but I knew that the first pitch that she gave me was probably gonna be the best one, so I was like 'I'm swinging no matter what.'"

The Hatchets magical season continues with the 2-1 win. They'll be right back here at the Goodman Softball Complex tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Pacelli falls 10-0 Horicon in the D4 State Semifinal.