MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) -- What a difference a run makes. For Arcadia, one run has been the difference in most of their WIAA Tournament games. Saturday proved no different.
Arcadia's Taylor Haines highlighted a pitchers duel against Laconia in the Division 3 title game. Haines would finish with 17 strikeouts giving up only two hits. On the other hand, Kayla Schwebke struck out nine Raiders keeping offense at a premium.
Michaela Brueggen provided a boost of offense for Arcadia. Brueggen recorded both of Arcadia's hits, but it would remain a scoreless game into the 7th inning. With Hillary Filla on 3rd, Arcadia's Alyssa Pronschinske lifted a fly ball to center just deep enough to allow Filla to tag up from third. That gave Arcadia a 1-0 lead.
And like so many times before, that would be the difference. Haines would get Payton Kastenschmidt to fly out to right field to end the game.
Arcadia completed the dream of a perfect season going 30-0 with the 1-0 State Championship victory.
Pronschinske said of her game winning RBI, "I was just thinking make contact, get the run in. She happened to pitch it right in there, so I just made contact. It feels awesome. We worked so hard all season. To come up undefeated with the State Title, it just feels awesome"
"Every time I step on the mound I have the confidence my defense is behind me," said Haines. "It just makes pitching that much easier. It's just kind of a natural thing to stay composed and push through."
Earlier in the day, Cochrane-Fountain City aimed to cap off their first trip to state with a championship in the Division 4 final. They, however, ran into a tough Oakfield team.
C-FC trailed early, but tried to claw back in the 4th. Sierra Rodgers flied out to center allowing Rylee Gabel to tag from third. That put the Pirates on the board in a 4-1 deficit.
They kept whittling away in the 5th. Meghan Pacocha singled to the opposite field to plate Miranda Lorenz. That made the difference just two runs for the Pirates.
Oakfield extended their advantage later in the inning. Mikayla Newton blooped a base hit over short scoring Dana Swanson from third. Oakfield took a 5-2 lead.
Rodgers came to the plate once again as the last hope for C-FC in the 7th, but she grounded out to third, ending the game. The 7-3 loss means a runner-up finish for the Pirates.
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