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Blair-Taylor hoping to re-write history at state tournament

Trempealeau, Wisc. (WXOW)- Blair-Taylor softball had high expectations heading into the 2019 season, and they wouldn’t be satisfied unless they returned to Goodman Diamond. They accomplished that feat by winning the sectional final game 5-1 over Highland last Thursday.

Now, the Wildcats are hoping for a different outcome in the state tournament compared to the past two seasons. Blair-Taylor fell in the semifinals to Oakfield 2-0 in 2018. In 2017, the Wildcats lost to McDonell Central 8-3 in the championship game.

The senior led, undefeated Wildcats are confident this could be their year.

“I think this team’s just got that it,” Head Coach Greg Bratina said. “I don’t know why or what. I mean we’ve been battle tested here a little bit, especially late. They just seem to have that composure, they have that.”

“I think we’re a lot more mature than what we were when I was a freshman and sophomore,” Pitcher Lauren Steien said. “We definitely work a lot better as a team this year just cause we had to move some girls around. We had to try some new things. I love them to death, and I think we’re going to do great things.”

Blair-Taylor earned the number one seed in the tournament and will take on Gilman at 7 pm on Thursday in the state semifinals.

Karley Marotta

Weekend Sports Anchor

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