Softball

Belmont’s Sadie Willborn delivers a pitch during the WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal against Southwestern last week. The second-seeded Braves face No. 3 Tri-County in a state semifinal today in Madison, Wis.

Here is a capsule look at today’s area WIAA Division 5 state semifinal:

No. 2 BELMONT (24-1) vs. No. 3 TRI-COUNTY (19-3)

Time — 5 p.m.

Site — Goodman Diamond; Madison, Wis.

How Belmont got here — The Braves defeated Barneveld (8-4) and Black Hawk (3-1) in regionals before beating Southwestern (8-2) and Oakfield (1-0) in sectionals.

How Tri-County got here — The Penguins beat Wild Rose (11-0) and Assumption (7-6) in regionals, then defeated Newman Catholic (5-4) and Florence (5-1) in sectionals.

Belmont offensive leaders — Nikki Knebel (.444, 36 hits, 31 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, 29 RBIs); Sadie Willborn (.429, 33 hits, 13 doubles, 15 RBIs); Abby Althaus (.419, 31 hits, 10 runs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 17 RBIs); McKenzie Reuter (.367, 29 hits, 13 runs, 7 doubles, 1 home run, 18 RBIs); Callie Douglas (.348, 23 hits, 10 runs, 4 doubles, 3 home runs, 20 RBIs); Peyton Johnson (.317, 20 hits, 15 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 11 RBIs); Mackenzie Shelnutt (.281, 18 hits, 15 runs, 3 doubles, 2 triples, 15 RBIs)

Belmont pitching leader — Willborn (23-1, 0.75 ERA, 159 innings, 232 strikeouts, 53 walks, 22 complete games, 8 shutouts)

Tri-County offensive leaders — Erica Pronschinske (.538, 43 hits, 34 runs, 15 doubles, 5 triples, 2 home runs, 30 RBIs); Sophie Reid (.388, 19 hits, 19 runs, 2 doubles, 21 RBIs); Alyssa Buechner (.387, 29 hits, 31 runs, 4 doubles, 2 home runs, 20 RBIs); Kenzy Reilley (.385, 20 hits, 23 runs, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 19 RBIs); Allie Booth (.347, 25 hits, 22 runs, 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run, 23 RBIs); Breanna Bauer (.279, 17 hits, 19 runs, 5 doubles, 18 RBIs)

Tri-County pitching leader — Pronschinske (14-3, 3.10 ERA, 115 1/3 innings, 176 strikeouts, 42 walks, 19 complete games, 3 shutouts)

Outlook — Belmont opened the season on a 20-game win streak before dropping its regular-season finale, 4-2, in nine innings to River Valley. The Braves defeated 2018 state runner-up Oakfield in the sectional final in a game that was shortened to five innings due to rain. Belmont is making its seventh trip to the state tournament and second in three seasons. Belmont was the Division 4 champion in 2002 and finished runner-up in 2003 and 2006. Tri-County has won 12 consecutive games since a two-game losing streak midway through the season and is making its first state appearance. The Penguins have scored at least 11 runs seven times during that streak, including games with 22 and 25 runs, and a five-game stretch in which they outscored their opponents, 78-22. During a five-game stretch in the middle of the season, Belmont outscored its opponents, 76-12. The winner faces either top-seeded Blair-Taylor or No. 4 Gilman at 8 a.m. in Saturday’s championship game.

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