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Lady Bulldogs advance in Regional play
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SENIOR PITCHER Sydney Williams pitches her last home game of the regular season against Dodgeville last Thursday.

BOSCOBEL - On Thursday, May 19, the Lady Bulldogs took on SWC opponent Dodgeville in their regular season finale. The non-conference 9-2 loss dropped their season record to 9-11.

The Dodgers jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after two innings and coasted to the win.

Alyssa Davis, Rachel Yahn, and Miranda Beinborn had two hits each to lead the Bulldog hitters.

Regional play

The Bulldogs immediately began to prepare for the opening round of WIAA regional softball play scheduled for Tuesday night, May 24.

The ninth-seeded Lady Bulldogs used a pair of three-run innings and solid defense to produce a 7-5 victory over eighth-seeded host Prairie Du Chien in the opening round of the WIAA Regional Tournament.

The Blackhawks grabbed on 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second, but the Bulldogs responded with three runs in the fourth to grab the lead. Hailey Bray and Leah Wacker opened the inning with singles. Rachel Yahn then moved the runners up with a fine sacrifice bunt.

One out later, Alyssa Davis forced a close play at first and reached safely when the Prairie first baseman could not control the throw, allowing Bray to score. With two out, sophomore catcher Emily Johnson drove a 2-0 pitch down the right field line for a triple, scoring Wacker and Davis and putting the Bulldogs up 3-1.

The Blackhawks picked up a run in the bottom of the fourth to make it 3-2, and took the lead 4-3, with a pair of runs in the fifth. The young Bulldogs responded in the top of the sixth. With one out, second baseman Jayden Molzof hit a groundball that the Prairie second baseman made a nice play on, but the throw was off line, allowing Molzof to reach. Alyssa Davis then dropped a sacrifice bunt attempt, but was called out for running inside the baseline and Molzof had to return to first base. A pickoff attempt by the catcher on Molzof failed when she beat the throw to second for a stolen base. Molzof moved to third on a passed ball and Johnson then drew a walk.

Danielle Ernst then dropped a bunt that she beat out easily for a hit, scoring Molzof with the tying run. After Ernst stole second, Allie Pickett drew a walk to load the bases for sophomore pitcher Olivia Grassel. Grassel’s sharp groundball single up the middle, scored Johnson and Ernst, giving the Bulldogs the lead, 6-4.

Prairie again battled back, scoring a run in the sixth to make the score 6-5. Boscobel countered with a run of their own in the top of the seventh.

Wacker singled to open the inning and moved to second on Rachel Yahn’s second successful sacrifice bunt. Wacker then moved to third on a ball in the dirt, and scored on a missed third strike to Molzof, who beat the throw to first, making the score 7-5.

Prairie mounted a rally in the seventh, producing back to back singles with one out, and putting runners at first and second. Grassel then got the Prairie hitter to bounce one to Bray at third, who alertly tagged the bag and fired across the diamond to a stretching Miranda Beinborn at first base for a game ending double play! Grassel picked up her 10th win of the season against seven losses, with the complete game victory.  She scattered ten hits, walking only one while striking out eight.

The 7-5 victory allows the Bulldogs to advance to the second round and will travel to Onalaska Tuesday afternoon to take on Onalaska Luther, the Regional’s number one seed, at 5 p.m.