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Rangers win first softball title

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Madison, WI (WXOW) - - Alycia Larson started it with an RBI double and Jordyn Kleman ended it with a strikeout Saturday as Logan beat Waupun 3-0 in the division 2 title game to win its first state softball title.

Kleman struck out 11 batters while giving up just three hits to earn the victory. Her strikeout of Megan Van Ruiswyk in the top of the 7th capped off a fantastic junior season in the circle, and incited the celebration near the third base dugout at Goodman Diamond.

Logan scored twice in the 3rd inning to take a 2-0 lead. Sydney Lamers tripled with one out in the inning before Larson doubled her in. Then with the bases loaded and Abby Leinfelder at the plate, Larson scored on a wild pitch.

Kleman added another run in the 5th with her second homer of the tournament, a solo shot to left field.

"It's a great feeling, I can't put into words how excited I am," Kleman said. "It's great for the team. This atmosphere is unreal. It's a dream, this is where you want to be and this is where we are."

"It feels great. This was our goal," senior catcher Kadie Weiss said. "Every year here at Logan it's been our goal. The fact we came out here and did it today. Everybody played well and it was a great win for us."

Before Kleman's blast to left field in the bottom of the 5th inning, her defense helped her out in the top half of the inning. Senior outfielder Abby Leinfelder made a spectacular diving catch in right center field to start the inning. Waupun later put two runners on with one out, but Danielle Hopp fouled out to Danielle Knudtson near third base.

"I saw it in the air and I knew I was going to get there somehow," Leinfelder said. "I just dove and caught it."

Like her fellow seniors, Leinfelder was ecstatic to finish her season with a gold medal around her neck.

"We worked really hard for it and this is what we wanted to do," she said. "You never want to go out losing so I'm glad that we came out strong."

Head coach Matt Marohl struggled to find the words afterward, overcome with excitement.

"These kids are just a fabulous group of kids, and they deserve it. They worked so hard. They are just classy off the field and in the class room. It's just a special group of kids."

The Rangers finish the season 28-1. The team will lose seven seniors to graduation, but return ace Kleman and five other juniors next season.

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