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Softball: Errors cost Florence in sectional loss to Tri-County

WAUSAU, Wis. — A couple costly errors doomed Florence in a playoff loss Thursday.

The errors were enough for Tri-County to win a WIAA Division 5 sectional championship at Wausau East High School.

The Bobcats (17-6) made two errors leading to four runs, all with two outs in the second inning.

“We had our chances. We got thrown out a couple times at home,” Florence head coach Dan Robinson said. “If you clean up the mistakes, we could’ve won that game. They didn’t make any mistakes. That was the difference.”

A high fly ball between the second baseman and right fielder fell to the ground with two outs and the bases loaded. Three Tri-County runs scored on the play. On the next pitch, a fly ball was missed between the shortstop and left fielder, allowing the fourth run to score in the second.

“I’m not really frustrated, because we had such a great season and a great group of kids,” Robinson said. “Disappointed for them more than anything because you could see we had the athletes to do it. I thought we had the better athletes. We just got caught up in the excitement or the pressures of being in a big game like that.

“If we could’ve got out of that inning I truly believe we would’ve won that game. Our kids were quicker and you could see it on bunts and stuff. They weren’t ready for what we were doing to them but we just couldn’t make enough good contact to get done what we needed to get done on the offensive side.”

Erica Pronschinske led Tri-County (19-3) on the mound with an 11-strikeout performance. She gave up two walks and four hits.

Florence scored its lone run in the sixth with an RBI single by Lacey Enders.

Sidney Tomczak pitched for Florence and gave up the five runs (all unearned) on six hits and four walks with five strikeouts.

Enders, Jenna Springer, Jordyn Springer and Kathleen Selden singled for Florence.

Tri-County faces Gilman (21-4) in the state semifinal on June 6 at Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wisconsin.

Blair-Taylor (27-0) faces Belmont (24-1) in the other semifinal. The state final is June 8.

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