Southern Door's bats silenced in state semifinal loss

Cambellsport beat Southern Door 3-0 in a Division 3 state semifinal on Friday at Goodman Softball Complex. (WLUK)

MADISON (WLUK) -- Southern Door entered Friday's Division 3 state softball semifinal fresh off two shutout wins in sectionals, so the Eagles were feeling pretty good about themselves.

However, Campbellsport pitcher Alyssa Muench had other ideas.

The senior pitcher stymied Eagles hitters, allowing just three hits and striking out 12 as the No. 2-seeded Cougars ended No. 3 Southern Door's season with a 3-0 win at Goodman Softball Complex.

"We knew that she was going to be good," Southern Door coach Courtney Renard said. "She has 200-and-some strikeouts which is awesome for a pitcher. We struck out more than we have all season. Maybe it was a little bit of nerves that we had at the plate, not swinging with runners on."

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Southern Door (21-4) was shut out for the second time this season -- the first came in the season opener against Oconto -- but just barely shut out. In the bottom of the fourth inning Kendra Dantoin launched a Muench pitch over the fair/foul pole in left field and it appeared to be foul by less than a foot.

The umpire signaled foul ball immediately and Renard didn't contest the call. If that ball was fair, it would've tied the game at 2-all and who knows how the game plays out.

"It would've been a big change," Renard said. "Kendra has been awesome hitter for us. It definitely would've changed our spirits."

The lack of offense spoiled an impressive outing by Southern Door pitcher Lexi Wery, who allowed one earned run on five hits.

"We fought really hard in our sectional," Renard said. "Our pitcher Lexi Wery threw two shutouts for us in sectionals, she had lots of grit. They wanted to get here. It just wasn't our day today."

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