The Madison Bulldogs made quick work of Mobridge-Pollock on Tuesday, defeating the visiting Tigers 15-0 in three innings to punch their ticket to the State Class A Softball Tournament.
“We are so excited for the girls to be able to experience the first-ever sanctioned state softball tournament,” Madison co-head coach Katie Weeldreyer said. “It is great to see the hard work and commitment that the girls have put in over the years to be able to reach this accomplishment.”
Madison’s Amanda Vacanti struck out the side in the top of the first inning. Vacanti got the Bulldogs on the board in the bottom of the first on a one-out RBI double. Ella Malone drove in Vacanti on an RBI triple to put the Bulldogs up 2-0.
Vacanti struck out the first two batters she faced in the second inning and set down the Tigers in order. Aided by some Mobridge-Pollock miscues, Madison’s offense erupted for 11 runs in the second inning. Evie Lurs drove in two of those runs on a double that put the Bulldogs up 12-0.
Vacanti struck out the side in the top of the third inning. In the bottom of the third, the Bulldogs got the one run they needed to run-rule the Tigers and pick up the 15-0 victory in three innings.
Vacanti pitched a perfect game and finished the game with eight strikeouts. At the plate, Vacanti drove in four runs. Malone finished the game with a double and a triple.
With the win, the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to six games and improved to 15-3 overall.
“The girls are hungry,” Weeldreyer said. “We are going to continue to work hard next week to prepare for the state tournament.”
The Bulldogs will kick off the state tournament on June 1 in Aberdeen against Tea Area at 12:30 p.m. at Players Softball Complex.