WIAA softball: Roncalli beats Kewaunee in regional final

WIAA softball: Roncalli beats Kewaunee in regional final

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WIAA softball: Roncalli beats Kewaunee in regional final

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Christine Roberts and Tiffany Abts did it all for the Roncalli softball team on Thursday, leading the No. 4-seeded Jets past visiting No. 7 Kewaunee 11-9 in the WIAA Division 3 State Softball Tournament regional final. They pitched, they hit, they won the game.

Roberts started for Roncalli and earned the win, going 323 innings and allowing eight runs — four earned — on seven hits and striking out three while Abts got the save by pitching the final 313 and limiting the Storm to one run on four hits with four strikeouts.

Both teams scored two runs in the first inning with Abts crushing a two-run home run to get the Jets on the board. Abts finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a team-high five RBI while Roberts (2-for-3) scored all three times she reached base on a pair of doubles and a walk.

Roncalli’s offense erupted in the bottom of the third, scoring seven runs to take the lead for good despite Kewaunee responding with a six-run fourth its next time up to bat. Two more runs in the sixth provided Abts with all the run support she’d need as a late Storm rally in the seventh fell short.

Elizabeth Kuenzi (2-for-3) would also garner a double for the Jets offense.

Next up for Roncalli will be No. 2 Laconia on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 5 p.m. at Horicon High School.

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