Well, that first state semifinal game was a doozie.
Two-hours of delays on Thursday night. The game was postponed in extra innings until Friday morning. The location was moved from The UW-Madison campus to Waunakee High School. Jennah Speth set a state tournament record with 22 strikeouts. She retired the final 16 batters she faced, 14 of those by strikeout. Morgyn DeLara collected the Comets’ only two hits. The big hit was a liner to left, which scored Speth from second after she reached on an error.
But that was the only run the Comets needed, and the team advanced following a 1-0, extra-innings win over Northwestern/South Shore. Speth struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth to seal the win. See game stats here.
The opponents gave a tremendous effort, with pitcher Cheyenne Johnson fanning 15 Comet hitters and allowing just the two hits plus one walk.
It will be the first time in DDHS history that its softball team is playing for a state title. The only other team titles for the Comets are the 2000 boys soccer team and the 2014 boys soccer team. The Comets are coached by Hank Johnson, a DDHS Class of 2000 alumni and a physical education teacher at the school.
Good Luck, Comets!
Watch the full game here:
DDHS will play New Berlin West at 3 p.m. Saturday at Goodman Field on the UW-Madison campus. West defeated New London 4-3 on Friday morning after that game was postponed in full due to Thursday’s weather. Game stats
Tickets can be bought at the gate for $6 each. Here’s a map on getting to the field.
For tournament details, click here.
The game will be televised on Fox Sports Wisconsin. Check your local listings for station information.
DDHS finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in Division 2 play. West finished No. 10, while their state semifinal opponent was ranked No. 7.
Both teams play in conferences that feature a number of bigger schools playing at the Division 1 level. They had no shared common opponents this season.
West has a potent offense, having scored 299 runs and with a team batting average of .363, according to stats on wissports.net.
They are hittable, though. Expected starting pitcher Cheyenne Sowinski strikes out about 1.1 per inning, while Speth strikes out about 1.7 hitters per inning for the Comets.
New London collected eight hits on Friday morning and scored all three runs in the sixth inning.
On Saturday evening, there will be a welcoming party for the DDHS softball team, win or lose, at 7 p.m. at West Park in Darien (Hwy 14 just south of Interstate 43). Regardless of the outcome, DDHS will be bringing home a first- or second-place state trophy. Lets spread the word and get as many Comet softball fans there as possible!