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The Assumption softball team shut out Blair-Taylor 4-0 on Thursday at Almond-Bancroft High School to claim the WIAA Division 5 sectional title and a state tournament berth. (Zaleski Sports photo)

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ALMOND – The Wisconsin Rapids Assumption softball team is heading to the state tournament after a dominating 4-0 win over undefeated Blair-Taylor in a WIAA Division 5 sectional final Thursday at Almond-Bancroft High School.

Assumption (19-2) will be making its sixth state tournament appearance and first since 2018. The Royals won a Division 3 state title in 2001 and a D-4 championship in 2005.

Seedings for the 2022 WIAA State Softball Tournament will be announced Friday. Division 5 semifinals at Goodman Diamond in Madison are scheduled for Thursday, June 9, at 8:30 p.m. and Friday, June 10, at 8 a.m. The D-5 championship game is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 11.

Assumption pitcher Ava Schill was on her game, striking out eight and allowing just two hits and three walks in a complete-game effort.

Claire Nelson had an RBI single in the top of the first innings and Schill knocked in Cristin Casey in the third to build a 2-0 lead.

Blair-Taylor only threatened once, with two runners reaching on walks in the second inning, before Schill was able to wiggle out of the jam. No more than one runner reached in any other inning.

Maleia Kolo smacked a two-run home run in the top of the seventh for the Royals to finish off the scoring.

Royals 4, Wildcats 0

Assumption 101 000 2 - 4 7 0

Blair-Taylor 000 000 0 - 0 2 1

WP: Ava Schill. LP: Abby Thompson.

SO: Schill 8; Thompson 4. BB: Schill 3; Thompson 0.

Top hitters: A, Schill 2x3, RBI; Maleia Kolo HR, run, 2 RBI; Cristin Casey 2B, run.

Records: Assumption 19-2; Blair-Taylor 28-1.

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