Kaukauna (29-2) won the Division 1 championship with a 3-1 win over Wilmot Union (22-5) in the State Tournament final Saturday evening at Goodman Diamond in Madison, Wis.
After Kalyssa Koehn gave the Panthers a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an RBI double, the Galloping Ghosts’ Sidney Miller ripped a triple and scored in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game. They took the lead for good in the third inning on a Taylor Kuske double to drive in Megan Huss. Kaukauna added an insurance run in the fifth on a wild pitch.
Miller also had a double in the game to be the only player with multiple hits in the game for Kaukauna, and Kuske drove in two of the three runs. Haley Hestekin was brilliant in the circle and was credited with the victory, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out 11.
Koehn and Montana Platts each had two hits to lead the Panthers’ offense. Sarah Hutchinson suffered the loss despite pitching well, surrendering three runs on six hits while striking out two.
It’s Kaukauna’s second State championship. The Galloping Ghosts also won the title in 2010. Wilmot Union finished runner-up for the fifth time in their nine State appearances.