MADISON (WLUK) -- Earlier this season Pulaski faced Wilmot Union and pitcher Lauren Dixon held her own against the Panthers but it wasn't enough as Pulaski fell 1-0 .
Thursday the teams met again in a much more important game as it was a Division 1 state softball quarterfinal.
Dixon did more than hold her own this time. The senior southpaw tossed a four-hitter as the Red Raiders paid back the Panthers with a 1-0 win at Goodman Softball Complex.
"We're just trying to take it one step at a time and just trying to get my infield balls that I know they can back me up on and get the outs with," said Dixon, who had just one strikeout. "It was really just one step at a time and just control nerves and all that and just play our game."
No. 3-seeded Pulaski (24-5) followed Dixon's lead. No. 6 Wilmot (18-10), which was shut out for the third time this season, had four singles and 10 outs came on 10 groundouts.
"She's a competitor and she came to compete today," Pulaski coach Bill Jo Vertz said of Dixon. "She kept the ball low enough in the zone. Our goal was to keep them to singles and not extra bases and she did that.
"Her change-up was effective enough that we kept batters off balance and had them thinking and that's what we needed to have happen."
Pulaski's run came in the fourth inning. Josephine Wesoloski led off with a triple and Peighton Agamaite came up next and drove her in with a single. That was all Dixon needed and she will have to be on her game Friday night when the Red Raiders play No. 2 Sun Prairie, the defending state champion.
"It's been a neat experience with this group of kids," Vertz said. "They come to play and they look to get better every game and our goal is not to just be here but to to lay it out here and play to win.
"And when you do that you have to be willing to take risks and when you do that you're willing to fail to succeed and so they played with all their heart today."
Dixon is excited to keep playing.
"I think this first step means it shows how far we've come and that we're ready for this because the first time we played them obviously we lost," she said. "Just showing how we can come back and have the capacity to play with everyone down here is just amazing."
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