MADISON, Wis. - Cochrane-Fountain City was able to string together five hits in a crucial third inning that scored three runs as they beat Ithaca 4-1 in the WIAA Division 4 state semifinal game.
Three consecutive hits from Abbey Killian, Mikayla Hurlburt, and Sierra Rodgers all brought home a run.
Killian on the mound allowed Ithaca to scatter four hits, as they got one run in the sixth inning. It snapped a streak of seven consecutive shutouts for C-FC on their march to Madison.
Hurlburt's running grab towards the right field line sealed the win for the Pirates.
"You don't know if they're going to catch it or not and than they do and you have nothing going through your head but just joy and excitement," said Killian.
"It's amazing, it's absolutely amazing just to get something we wanted so bad," said Rodgers.
C-FC's win came on the program's inaugural trip to the WIAA state tournament.
"It's special for our girls, it's special for our school Cochrane -Fountain City High School, and it's special for the communities that we represent," said head coach Steve Lyga.
"The nice thing about it is the girls have worked hard all season and they're going to get paid by getting some hardware to take home and put in our trophy case and I'd say it's about dang time. "
Cochrane-Fountain City now has the opportunity to win the school's first WIAA state title since their girls cross country championship in 1999. The Pirates will face number-one ranked Oakfield in the WIAA Division 4 state championship at 10:05 a.m. Saturday.
"I know Oakfield is a traditional power down here, that is what we know about them," said Lyga following their state semifinal win.
"I've seen them play down here probably four times over the last six years or something like that. So I know what those orange, black, and white stripes are. It's our job to go out and play well against them and see what happens."
"They've been to state a lot and they win a lot. We'll be ready," added Killian.