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WLC advances to another Final Four

Wins over Canaan-Pittsburg, Moultonborough position Warriors for a title shot

  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.
  • The WLC softball team beat Moultonborough 4-3 in the second round of the DIV playoffs on Saturday.

The WLC Warriors are back where they belong, as they’ve made it to the DIV Final Four for the third straight season. And if they’re going to make it back to the title game for the third straight season as well, they’ll need to get past Sunapee, one of the only two teams to beat WLC this season.

The Warriors had to win a pair of squeakers just to get this far. Last Wednesday, WLC hosted Canaan-Pittsburg and played a game that went down to the final out before sophomore catcher Ally Schwab knocked in a walkoff hit to win the game 7-6.

On Saturday, the day after WLC seniors Sami Bosquet, Sophie LeVert and class president Kim Edmunds received their diplomas, they were back at work against Moultonborough. The Panthers were a worthy adversary with a tough, hard-throwing pitcher, but the Warriors were able to make solid contact and put balls in play, which was all it took to win that afternoon.

WLC got on the board early, as the Warriors led off the second with four straight singles from Schwab, Bosquet, Jenna Bragdon and LeVert, plating two runs. Warriors pitcher Sarah Holka kept the Panthers hitless through 3 2/3 innings; she’d only give up two singles on her way to a complete game win.

Holka helped her own cause in the fourth inning with a leadoff walk; she’d advance on Schwab’s subsequent single and then take home on some heads-up baserunning while Moultonborough was kicking the ball around. After Bosquet was hit by a pitch, Bragdon reached on an error that allowed Schwab to score what would be the winning run.

The Panthers made it interesting in the top of the sixth, scoring three on a pair of errors, a hit batsman and a single, but Holka closed the door in the seventh and the Warriors held on to win 4-3.

WLC travels to Plymouth on Wednesday to take on Sunapee, the Warriors’ multi-sport rival and one of two teams to beat them this season. The Lakers won a 7-2 game back on May 21.

If the Warriors are able to get past Sunapee, they’ll face another rival no matter what; the rest of the Final Four is comprised of Portsmouth Christian at Dover, the other team to beat WLC this season, and Woodsville, the undefeated perennial contender that knocked off WLC in the finals last season by a score of 19-10.

Look for updates on Wednesday’s game and a look ahead to the title game, if necessary, online at monadnockledger-transcript.com.

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