After getting Iola-Scandinavia down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Thunderbirds scored 3 unanswered to defeat the Wolves and clinch a spot in Madison 3-2 on 104.1 WRLU.
The game started off with many opportunities for both teams, as in the first inning alone the Thunderbirds had a runner on third, and the Wolves had the bases loaded, but neither could result in a run. Macie Zimmerman had her top stuff Thursday afternoon on the mound, as she struck out eight Iola-Scandinavian batters throughout her seven innings pitched.
The Wolves would have another opportunity in the third inning, as Ryley and Macie Zimmerman were the runners on second and third base with just one out for the Wolves. A fly out to the third baseman and to the center fielder would end that threat for Algoma with the game tied 0-0.
The game would remain tied into the bottom of the sixth inning, where pitcher Macie Zimmerman for Algoma would hit a solo home run into left center field to give the Wolves a 1-0 lead headed into the final innings with the Wolves needing just three outs to clinch a spot at Goodman Diamond.
After Zimmerman retired the first two pinch batters, the Wolves were one out away. The Thunderbirds would not let the Wolves record the 21st out without a say however, as back to back home runs from Jaeyln Sivertson and Maddie Much, who saw her home run be of the inside the park variety. Another run would give Iola-Scandinavia a 3-1 lead.
Algoma would add a run in the bottom half of the seventh, but the final out was recorded at second base and the Thunderbirds would become Sectional Champions and find themselves in the state tournament with a 3-2 over Algoma.