WIAA Division 1 State Quarterfinals
EAU CLAIRE NORTH 8
Huskies eliminated, end season 21-4
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Eau Claire North head coach Bob Johnson on the loss: "I told the team, and I think they're smart enough to understand that we're very disappointed in our defensive effort today. Those are probably more errors than we've made in the past two months. With that said, we competed right back into the thing, we got the game back to zero-zero two times in late inning and crucial situations. So I'm really proud of the guys for fighting back like that. Obviously disappointed in the result."
(WQOW) -- Wednesday morning Thorp will take the field for the Division 4 State Semifinals.
The Cardinals are hoping to make their first trip to State a memorable one, and to do that, one of the biggest keys will be securing an early lead. Thorp has been playing from ahead for the entirety of their playoff run thanks to a consistent offense and dominant pitching.
"Offensively we're getting some timely hits out of people up and down our lineup," says head coach Shannon Broda, "We've been running the bases very aggressively which has helped out scoring, and when you get a couple run lead with the way our pitchers are going, everybody's nice and loose and relaxed, and it's a much better feeling than trying to play catchup."
Thorp will take on Johnson Creek at around 10:30 A.M.
In Division 3, Webster is back at State for the second straight season, and they're hoping for a longer stay at Fox Cities Stadium. In last year's semifinal matchup with Independence/Gilmanton, the Tigers fell behind early and couldn't rally, as they lost 5-3 in 9 innings.
Head coach Jarrod Washburn believes it was nerves, and doesn't think that will happen this year, "This year I think we're going to know what to expect, go in a little bit more relaxed, and just let the game play out, play itself out instead of pressing too much."
The Tigers face Kenosha St. Joseph at 3:30 P.M. Wednesday.
In Division 4, Ellsworth will face Waupun at around 8:30 P.M.