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Fort heads to state softball tournament

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June 12, 2010
— Fort Atkinson High School put its foot down early en route to earning a berth in the WIAA Division 2 state softball tournament.

The Badger South champion Blackhawks pounded conference rival Monroe, 14-2, in six innings here Friday to earn Fort’s first state berth since 2000. The Blackhawks defeated the Cheesemakers twice in the regular season.


Fort Atkinson (22-4) plays Luxemburg-Casco in a state semifinal at 6 p.m. next Friday at Goodman Diamond in Madison.


The Blackhawks didn’t forget falling behind Brodhead 7-1 and rallying for 9-8 sectional semifinal victory here Wednesday.


“We talked about what a great feeling it was (to win) in the end, but we reminded everyone about how bad it felt in the beginning,” said Fort Atkinson senior pitcher Emilie Bakken, who notched her 45th career victory.


The Blackhawks never lost their grip on the lead against Monroe, leading 3-0 after the first inning and building it to 9-1 after four. Fort added a run


in the fifth and polished off the Cheesemakers with four runs in sixth.


“We put a complete game together today,” said Fort coach Jeff Agnew, recalling the Blackhawks’ struggles against Brodhead. “The first two innings we played against Brodhead were pretty disheartening.


“Today, from the minute we started warm-ups until we took the field, it was evident the girls were back and focused,” Agnew added.


The Blackhawks notched 12 hits, including Lexi Weigand’s two-out, two-run homer in the fourth inning for the 9-1 lead. Weigand added a two-run single in the sixth.


“We’re a good-hitting team,” Agnew said. “We’ve had 10 or more hits in every tournament game we’ve played this year.’’


Leadoff hitter sophomore Amber Foerster had three hits in four at-bats and scored two runs to spark Fort. Foerster went 4-for-4 against Brodhead.


Bakken held the Cheesemakers to four hits, notched five strikeouts and walked three.


Monroe loaded the bases in the first inning on a leadoff error, a one-out hit and a walk. Bakken then got a force at the plate and her second strikeout to end Monroe’s biggest threat.


“I had to just end it right there,” Bakken said. “I knew that if they even got one run, the momentum could change because that’s what happened to us against Brodhead.”


After putting Abby Kennison down on strikes to end the inning, Bakken said she knew it was going to be the Blackhawks’ day.


“When I got that strikeout, I felt like we were going to have a good day,” said Bakken, who praised her teammates’ work at the plate. “They were making my job a lot easier. I knew if I gave up any runs, they would get them back the next half inning.”


Monroe coach Dale Buvid praised his freshman starting pitcher, Becca Armstrong.


“Becca has really stepped up. She won the game against Sauk Prairie for us (1-0) on Wednesday,” Buvid said. “She just not able to keep the ball down today.”


And the Blackhawks had a ball on their way to state.


FORT ATKINSON 14, MONROE 2


Fort Atkinson 303 314—14 12 3


Monroe 010 010—2 4 2


Bakken and A. Boos; Armstrong, McArdle (6) and Bennett.


Leading hitters—Foerster (FA), 3x4, Weigand (FA) 2x3, 2B—Foerster (FA), Rogerson (M). HR—Weigand (FA).


SO—Bakken (FA) 6, Armstrong (M) 2. BB—Bakken 2, Armstrong 4.


WIAA State


Softball


At Goodman Diamond,


Madison


DIVISION 1


Thursday, June 17


Quarterfinals


9 a.m.—Wilmot vs. Mequon Homestead


11 a.m.—Watertown vs. South Milwaukee


1:30 p.m.—Appleton East vs. Kaukauna


3:30 p.m.—Chippewa Falls vs. Verona


Semifinals


6 p.m.—Wilmot/Homestead winner vs. Watertown/South Milwaukee winner


8 p.m.—Appleton East/Kaukauna winner vs. Chippewa Falls/Verona winner


Saturday, June 19


Championship


5:30 p.m.—Semifinal winners


DIVISION 2


Friday, June 18


Semifinals


6 p.m.—Fort Atkinson vs. Luxemburg-Casco


8 p.m.—Rice Lake vs. Mayville


Saturday, June 19


Championship


3 p.m.—Semifinal winners


DIVISION 3


Friday, June 18


Semifinals


1:30 p.m.—Peshtigo/Neillsvile winner vs. Lancaster


3:30 p.m.—Arcadia/Grantsburg winner vs. Winnebago Lutheran


Saturday, June 19


Championship


12:30 p.m.—Semifinal winners


DIVISION 4


Friday, June 18


Semifinals


9 a.m.—Rosholt/Tigerton winner vs. Potosi


11 a.m.—Hurley vs. Racine Lutheran


Saturday, June 19


Championship


10 a.m.—Semifinal winners



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