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Kaukauna Ghosts advance to state championship softball game

Kaukauna's Ally Isselmann is safe at third during the Ghosts 3-0 state semifinal win June 9, 2017 over Stevens Point. Dan Plutchak/KCN photo.
Kaukauna’s Ally Isselmann is safe at third during the Ghosts 3-0 state semifinal win June 9, 2017 over Stevens Point. Dan Plutchak/KCN photo.

MADISON — Kaukauna’s ace pitcher Hailey Hestekin and catcher Michaela Meehl had a plan for the WIAA Division 1 state semifinal softball game.  They would block out any distractions and play a simple game of pitch and catch.

The strategy worked, leading the Galloping Ghosts to a 3-0 win over Stevens Point Area High School on Friday, June 9, 2017.

They now will play Saturday evening, about 6:30 p.m., for a state title against Wilmot at Goodman Field on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

The game can be see live on Fox Sports Wisconsin Plus at 6:30 p.m. Check your local cable listings. You can follow along inning by inning by clicking on the game scoreboard on this page: https://www.wiaawi.org/Sports/Softball.aspx

“I just was focusing on throwing my game,” Hestekin said. “Me and Meehl, our whole thing was just block everything out — the noise, everythign — it’s you and me, we’re just playing catch.”

And the team is getting hot at just the right time.

“It’s awesome. I think we’re all really having a lot of fun. We’re playing our best ball and peaking at the right time,” she said.

Hestekin said she knew she had a no-hitter going into the seventh inning, but she shrugged it off after giving up a hit in the final inning.

“It’s about the team, she said.”

The Ghosts scored twice on two errors in the second inning, then added a final run in the fourth.




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