Horicon Edged By Grantsburg In D4 Softball Title Game

The Horicon High School softball (22-7) team lost a tough 3-2 decision to Grantsburg (22-2) on Saturday morning in the WIAA Division Four State Championship Game at the Goodman Diamond on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

The Marshladies got on the board early when freshman catcher Cyri Reinwald’s double to left plated Angelica Bushkie in the top half of the first.   

Grantsburg’s Sadye Bunting put her team on top in the bottom of the 2nd with a two-out RBI single.   That base hit came one batter after a Horicon error on a pop-up to short center field kept the inning alive.   The Pirates went up 3-1 in the bottom of the third when Whitney Myers it a home run to left that hit off the top of the wall and left the stadium.

The Marshladies cut the Grantsburg lead to just one run in the top of the 5th, when Bushkie’s hot grounder got by shortstop Renee Tooze, which allowed Emma Miller to score from 2nd.

The Pirates’ Whitney Myers went the distance giving up just six hits and 2 runs (1 earned) to earn the victory.  Horicon’s Lizzie Gibbs was the hard luck loser, going six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs.  Just one of those Pirate runs were earned.

“That was a good team and we are a good team. It was just a fun game to play in. 3-2 is nothing to shake a stick at.” Marshladies head coach Roger Schliewe told DailyDodge.com. “For this team to take 2nd in the state, we wouldn’t have dreamed it in the beginning of the year, but they’ve come a long ways. This team went from being a decent team to a great team for us.”

This was the Marshladies ninth appearance at the WIAA State Softball Tournament and their 2nd runner-up finish.  They also finished 2nd in 2001.  They won titles in 2002, 2003, 2018, & 2019.  They also made it to state in 1991, 1996, and 2011.

Grantsburg’s state championship is the 3rd in program history.  They also raised the gold trophy in 2006 and 2009.

Click HERE to see the full box score from the game.

Click the link to hear postgame comments from Horicon coach Roger Schliewe

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