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Softball roundup: Pacers wrap up conference crown


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For the first time since 2009, Shoreland is a conference champion in softball.

The Pacers clinched the Metro Classic crown Thursday with an 11-0 victory over visiting Racine St. Catherine’s.

“Winning conference on senior night to finish the regular season undefeated is quite the blessing for these girls,” Shoreland coach Kelly Hill said. “Amber Barcalow and Delaney (Hundley) mean the world to this team and to win the conference helps us knock another goal off our list. I’m very proud of this entire team contributing all season to reach this goal.”

Shoreland finishes with a 13-0 record in the league (18-0 overall) thanks to a one-hitter by pitcher Kelsey Hill, who struck out seven.

“As it has been all season, solid defense backed up good pitching,” the coach said.

Kelsey Hill also drove in three runs, and Taylor Borchardt, Mary Marquardt and Marlo Kramer each scored twice.

Wilmot 11, Union Grove 0, 5 innings

The host Panthers smacked five home runs while the Broncos managed just four hits off pitcher Sarah Hutchinson (10-2).

Hayli Richards homered twice and finished with three RBI, and Kalyssa Koehn also drove in three runs and hit a homer. Riley Regnier and Montana Platts were the others to collect homers for Wilmot (16-4, 10-2 Southern Lakes Conference).

Tremper 3, Franklin 0

Caroline Casey drove in all three runs, as the Trojans scored once in the top of the first and twice in the third to earn the Southeast Conference victory.

Maria McGonegle struck out seven and allowed four hits in the complete-game shutout.

“This is a good win for us going into the playoffs,” Tremper coach Doug Townsend said. “Maria had good command of her pitches and kept Franklin off-balance.”

The Trojans (8-11 overall, 6-8 SEC) also had just four hits and struck out 12 times.

Bradford 8, Racine Case 3

The visiting Red Devils scored in five of their first six trips to the plate, including a two-run home run by Sydney Strelow in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the sixth to lead the way.

Bradford improved to 18-5 overall and 11-3 in the SEC, while Case fell to 9-10 and 6-8.

Strelow finished with three hits, including a double to go with her two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI. Other leaders were Ally Bonofiglio (2-for-4, RBI), Gianna Hoppenjan (2-for-4, RBI) and Jenna Bonofiglio (1-for-3, triple, run scored).

In the circle, Strelow picked up the complete-game win, as she allowed one earned run, five hits, two walks and struck out six.

St. Joseph 14, Greendale Martin Luther 3, 5 innings

The Lancers tallied six runs in the bottom of the first, one in the third and seven more in the fourth.

Crystal DiBiase and Megan Setter each finished with two hits and three RBI, and five girls scored two runs apiece.

“We probably played our most complete game of the season,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Wroblewski said. “We were short all but one of our seniors, who are on a mission trip for school. This group really came out strong and showed Martin Luther why they should be worried come Wednesday when we face them again in regionals.

“The girls played great, and I couldn’t be happier with the outlook for us going into regionals.”

Oak Creek 10, Indian Trail 0, 5 innings

The Hawks managed only two hits off pitcher Becca Oleniczak and watched the Knights score the first seven runs of the game in the top of the third.

“Oak Creek is just a powerful, good-hitting team and we had an inning with too many errors,” said Indian Trail coach Matt Bradley after his team fell to 11-11 (7-7 SEC). “We will just need to focus and get ready for the playoffs next week.”

Dave Boehler, Dan Truttschel


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