MADISON (WLUK) -- Through five innings during Saturday's Division 2 state softball championship game it felt like Seymour was just hanging on.
Pitcher Paige Weyer wiggled out of a couple jams, including a no-out bases-loaded situation, and the usually dangerous Seymour offense was being held in check.
Then came the sixth inning.
Seymour found its thundersticks and marched 14 batters to the plate, scored nine runs, including a three-run homer from Chloe Evans. That was plenty as the Thunder won its first state softball title with a 9-1 win over Monroe at Goodman Softball Complex.
"It's crazy," pitcher Paige Weyer said. "This has been my goal since playing softball. It's just a dream come true and perfect way to end my senior season."
"This is absolutely phenomenal," Evans said. "I'm so excited and so proud of this team. This is exactly where we wanted to be and made it. This is what dreams are made of and we came out and did it."
No. 2-seeded Seymour (26-1) was doing little against Monroe pitcher Olivia Bobak but then something changed. Evans led the sixth off with a double and the ball barely left the infield.
From there, Seymour put pressure on No. 1 Monroe (23-5) and the Cheesemakers helped out committing four errors.
After six runs scored, Evans came up for the second time in the inning and delivered her 18th home run of the season. She launched a 2-strike pitch well over the 218-foot sign in right-center field and celebrated all around the bases.
"I was honestly looking to get on base," said Evans, who was also celebrating her 17th birthday. "I know if can spark something it can go well and that's what I did. Everything just falls into place."
"She's a phenomenal player and at any time she can hit a dinger like she did," coach Karri Vanden Langenberg said. "Today's her birthday and I sent her a text this morning saying, 'I hope your dreams come true.'"
They came true for Evans and her teammates. A year ago Seymour lost just one regular season game but couldn't even get out of regionals.
Seymour made sure that didn't happen again and now it's state champs.
"They've worked so hard," Vanden Langenberg said. "This is going to be in our showcase forever and it's something these kids will remember for the rest of their lives.
"I told them a gold would be nice, but silver is nice, too, and we're going to hang our heads high, but I tell you what, a gold feels pretty darn good."
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