One day after pounding out 15 hits in a 12 0 semifinal win over Mishicot, the Spartans couldn't solve Taylor Haines and Arcadia (30 0), being held to two hits in a game that finished in just 70 minutes.
by pinch runner Hillary Filla. An error in such a close game is always costly, and it was for the Spartans when Filla stole second and then advanced to third on a throwing error. That set up Pronschinski for the eventual game winning sac fly.
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Arcadia got two quick outs with a pop up bunt and then a strikeout to bring up Kastenschmidt as the Spartans' last hope. She connected well on a pitch for a fly ball to right field, but Mariah Haines ended the game with a falling grab.
The game sped by as Haines and Schwebke cruised through the opposing lineups, with Haines striking out the first 13 batters she faced and finishing with 17. Both pitchers faced just two batters over the minimum 21.
"I thought it was a good hit and I was going to get home," Tezlaff said about seeing it leave Kastenschmidt's bat.
up to lead off hitter Tetzlaff to either try getting on with a bunt or take her chances hitting against Haines. She went with the latter, and gave her team life with a single.
"We played hard all the way through. It was just back and forth," Schwebke said. "Every inning we played our heart out."
a pitchers' dual coming in. We knew it wasn't going to be like it was yesterday," said Laconia coach Scott Ritzema, who led the Spartans to a runner up finish in 2009 as well. "It didn't surprise me at all. We knew it'd probably come down to the seventh inning. But I'm proud of my girls. We had an amazing year."
Laconia comes up just short in D3 championship
MADISON The Laconia softball team rode its defense all through the playoffs, surrendering just one run in five postseason games prior to Saturday's WIAA Division 3 State Championship vs. undefeated Arcadia.
Its defense put on another fine performance at Goodman Diamond on the University of Wisconsin Campus in Madison, but the Spartans ran into a team just as formidable at shutting down offenses. In a pitchers' dual classic, the Raiders completed a perfect season by edging Laconia 1 0 to take the state title.
Laconia (21 5) held the Raiders to only two hits as well with another fine performance by freshman pitcher Kayla Schwebke, and the game's only run came on a sacrifice fly from Alyssa Pronchinske in the top of the seventh inning.
With just one senior starter on the roster, Laconia had good reason to not only be happy about the season it just completed, but certainly for the future outlook as well.
It ended in heartbreak for the Spartans as they stranded a leadoff single in the Nike Air Force White Shoes bottom half of the frame.
"My coaches before asked me what I felt good with. I'm like, 'I'm going to hit the ball. I'm not bunting,'" the sophomore Tetzlaff said. "I did and I was so proud of myself. I was waiting to get home, but then yeah "
"They played really mature. They looked like a veteran team out there," Ritzema said of his team. "Both our seniors will be missed, but I'm excited to see the future of Laconia softball.
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Haines had a perfect game through four innings until Laconia's Payton Kastenschmidt broke it with a double.
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