A preseason goal became reality for the Southern Door softball team Thursday.
The Eagles defeated Packerland Conference rival Oconto 6-0 to win the Chilton Sectional title and advance to the Division 3 state tournament Friday at Goodman Diamond in Madison.
“At the beginning of the year the coaching staff challenged the girls to think about what our goals would be this year,” Southern Door coach Courtney Renard said. “Going to state was one of the girls team goals. I am very proud of all the dedication and hard work our team has put in this year so far.”
The Eagles drew the third seed and will face No. 2 seed Campbellsport at 10 a.m. The 16-7 Cougars advanced out of Sectional 4 with an 8-1 win over Random Lake.
Lexy Wery continued her outstanding performance in the postseason. Wery tossed a two-hit shutout, struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk. Wery also helped herself out with a two-run double.
“She was dominant,” Renard said. “She showed tremendous grit and really wanted to win. Her change up was also catching batters off guard.”
Jackie Atkins supported Wery with two RBIs, Kendra Dantoin had a pair of hits and Grace LeGrave scored two runs.
This will be the third time Renard has experienced the state tournament. As a sophomore Renard was a pitcher on an Eagles team that finished runner up to Union Grove. The following year the Eagles lost in the semifinal against eventual champion New Berlin Eisenhower.
“When you’re a player you are just focused on practicing, warming up, and going out to play the game,” said Renard, the all time strikeout leader at Southern Door. “The thing I didn’t realize as a player now being the coach is all the preparation and details that happen behind the scenes. We want to keep everything as normal as possible and treat it like any other game. With my experience going as a player 11 years ago, I can give them some insight to what it is like but they will still need to experience it themselves.”