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McDonell Central head coach Eric Wedemeyer McDonell Central head coach Eric Wedemeyer
McDonell Central senior Sam Sorenson McDonell Central senior Sam Sorenson
McDonell Central junior James Davis McDonell Central junior James Davis
EC Memorial's Kyle Wogahn EC Memorial's Kyle Wogahn
Chippewa Falls (WQOW) -- McDonell Central is headed back to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2011.

Friday, the Macks are practicing at Casper Park.   There are three players on this year's McDonell roster that were on the team in 2011.

"The younger guys are asking the questions about not really the game, but the whole experience," says Macks senior shortstop Sam Sorenson, "so you know, just the whole atmosphere, you know, and what type of game to expect, I can use the experience from the first time I played there as a freshman. hopefully it'll help me out this time."

"You know, the guys talk about it," says McDonell head coach Eric Wedemeyer, "they talk about what it's like, and I'm sure Sam has told the guys what the routine is going to be and the whole structure of the whole tournament, so I think they have some sort of an idea, but you know, so as far as getting to experience it yourself, I think it'll be a little bit of an adjustment for some guys."

The Macks scored a total of 26 runs in cruising to a pair of wins in the sectional, so McDonell is a very confident in its offense heading to state.

"We're seeing the ball really well," says Sorenson, "I think the big thing for us is really working the counts, we're waiting, you know, if we have a 2-0 count, working the counts, making the pitchers work, seeing our pitch and just driving it."

"It helps a ton because that way we know giving up a couple of runs is going to be no big deal," says Macks junior pitcher James Davis, "especially with the leads that they've started us out with, five runs in the first inning, the last couple games, you know, it's huge for us to relax and stay loose on the mound."

McDonell Central plays the second game of the Wednesday morning session at Fox Cities Stadium, versus Ithaca in the Division 4 state semifinals.

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BOYS HS TENNIS
WIAA State Team Tournament - Division 1 Quarterfinals

EAU CLAIRE MEMORIAL   7
WAUKESHA SOUTH   0

STEVENS POINT   3
OREGON   4
State semifinal, Friday, 9:00 A.M.

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HS SOFTBALL
WIAA State Tournament - Division 4 Semifinals

ITHACA   1
COCHRANE-FOUNTAIN CITY   4

WISCONSIN RAPIDS ASSUMPTION   4
OAKFIELD   6
Division 4 Championship: Saturday, 10:05 A.M.

WIAA State Tournament - Division 3 Semifinals

GRANTSBURG   0
ARCADIA   1

LACONIA   12
MISHICOT   0, F-5 INN.
Division 3 Championship: Saturday, 12:35 A.M.

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