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Kleman leads Rangers to state softball tournament

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) - La Crosse Logan is headed to the state softball tournament for the first time since 2005. The top-ranked Rangers will face New London Thursday evening in the division 2 semifinals.

Logan has done many things well to earn a 26-1 record heading into the tournament, but a lot of credit goes to junior pitcher Jordyn Kleman. The ace has 20 wins and 290 strikeouts on the season, including three no-hitters and eight one-hitters.

In the postseason, her numbers have been just as dominant. Kleman has allowed just two runs in 24 innings of work while striking out 48 hitters.

Meanwhile the Rangers offense has given Kleman 28 runs to work with. Kleman said she always tries to relax and make good pitches, but admits it's nice to pitch with a lead early in games.

"I like pitching with a lead. I think it keeps everyone up more, but I think we can't really let up with our bats because it's always nice to have more insurance runs," Kleman said. "We got to just go with what we've been doing and just try to keep things the same because if we try to change anything it might mess up our rhythm."

New London was the runner-up in 2014 and is making its third straight appearance at state in 2015. Kleman said the team doesn't know much about their opponent, but said nothing changes from a preparation standpoint this week with a championship on the line.

"We've got to come out strong. They're a good team, they're going to put the bat on the ball so we've got to play defense, we've got to try and hit their pitcher, get some runs on the board," Kleman said.

Thursday's game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. at Goodman Diamond on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The winner will play Saturday in the division 2 title game.

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