For Rice Lake's Johanna Hrdlicha (Hred leech ka) the two days at the WIAA State Tournament will be stories she can tell for the rest of her life. Not only did she win two games in the circle but she excelled at the plate as well. After a 3x4 day against Kewaskum's hard-throwing righthander Kennedy Lehn, Hrdlicka went 3x5 with a double and game-deciding home run against Kailyn Packard of Turner.
Rice Lake (23-7) won its second State championship with a 13-9 extra-inning triumph over Turner (24-3) in the Division 2 championship game at Goodman Diamond Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors scored four times in the eighth inning after Turner battled back to tie the game at 9-9 with three runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh. Each team collected 13 hits and committed four errors in the game.
Hrdlicka had three hits including a home run and drove in four, and Brooke Scheuer had three hits and a pair of RBIs to lead the Warriors’ hitting attack. Sam Solley and Jacky Robarge each contributed with two hits and a pair of RBIs. Hrdlicka was the winning pitcher, striking out seven and yielding five earned runs on 13 hits. Emily Fell pitched the eighth inning in relief, striking out one without allowing a hit.
Mackenna Fobes led Turner at the plate with three hits and a pair of doubles to drive in three runs. Carson Nitz chipped in with two hits and two RBIs, and Mya Hill-Brown also had a pair of hits and an RBI. Kailyn Packard went the distance in the circle for Trojans and was charged with the loss, giving up seven earned runs and 13 hits while striking out eight.
The Warriors second title comes in their sixth State appearance. The first of their two titles came in 2008. The Trojans finished runner-up for the second time in their four appearances.