UPDATE: WLC title game moved to Sunday
The Wilton-Lyndeborough softball team defeated Profile 9-3 in the Division IV semifinals on Wednesday night to advance to the title game.
The No. 1 Warriors will play third-seeded Woodsville for the D-IV championship on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Plymouth State University. The game, originally set for Saturday, was moved because of rain.
Wilton-Lyndeborough will play No. 3 Woodsville. The Warriors are looking for their second straight D-IV title.
“It should be a good final,” said WLC coach Dennis Claire.
WLC will be looking for its second straight D-IV crown, after going undefeated in 2012 and defeating Profile in the finals. WLC has won seven state championships in school history and played in six other finals. This will be the Warriors’ eighth appearance in the title game in the last nine seasons.
After losing his player of the year pitcher and first team all-state catcher, Claire wasn’t sure how this season would go.
“We really never thought this was possible,” said Claire. “But I’m happy for the girls. They really played well.”
Profile scored one in the top of the first, but the potent Warriors offense responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed again.
“Once we got the lead, they played with confidence,” said Claire. “We just came out and played great.”
Freshman Ally Schwab singled home the first run and sophomore Jenna Bragdon followed with a two-run double. Freshman Tesa Simpson added a two RBI single.
“My seventh and eighth hitters knocked in four runs right there,” said Claire. “That was big.”
Senior Andrea Heck tripled in the second and scored on Deanna Davidson’s sacrifice bunt for a 6-1 edge.
The teams traded runs in the third and WLC went ahead by seven after scoring two more in the fourth. Profile scored its final run in the sixth.
Davidson, in her first season pitching, allowed eight hits and three earned runs in seven innings to put WLC back in the finals.
This is the 11th straight year the Warriors have been the No. 1 seed.