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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Lady Wildcats handle Cache, going to title game

  • Bethel compiled nine hits, including a solo home run by Kelsey Eropkin, and Kim Herron improved to 20-9 in the circle as the Lady Wildcats downed Cache 7-2 in a Class 4A state semifinal match Friday at the Ball Fields at FireLake in Shawnee.
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  • Bethel compiled nine hits, including a solo home run by Kelsey Eropkin, and Kim Herron improved to 20-9 in the circle as the Lady Wildcats downed Cache 7-2 in a Class 4A state semifinal match Friday at the Ball Fields at FireLake in Shawnee.
     
    The win improves Bethel’s record to 27-11 and put the Lady Wildcats in Saturday’s 11 a.m. state championship game with Hilldale. Hilldale dispatched Blanchard 5-2 in Friday’s other semifinals encounter.
     
    “We had some big, timely hits, and had good defense,” said Bethel coach Tommy Block.
     
    Block credited Eropkin and Mikayla Whitten with having solid offensive play, “and Kim threw well again today.”
     
    Herron pitched the win for Bethel in a 7-0 shutout of Tuttle in Thursday’s quarterfinals. She struck out four and walked one against Tuttle, and struck out five, walked one and gave up five hits opposite Cache’s Lady Bulldogs.
     
    Eropkin was a catalyst for Bethel offensively, going 3-for-4 with the homer, a double and a run-scoring single. She just missed having a two-homer day as the double banged off the top of the wall.
     
    Eropkin finished with two runs batted in, and Whitten drove in two runs on a pair of singles.
     
    Zoe Rayner went 1-for-3 with an RBI single, and Rachel Wade hit a sacrifice fly.
     
    The Lady Wildcats are 2-0 this year against Cache, having topped the Lady Bulldogs 1-0 (with the international tiebreaker) during the Tuttle Tournament.
     
    Bethel finished the regular season as Class 4A’s No. 6 team. The Lady Wildcats, owners of two fast-pitch titles, have not won one since 1999.
     
    Block credits Hilldale with having solid pitching and solid offense.
     
    “They swing the bats well,” he said. “We’re going to have to play really well to come out on top.”
     
    The game will played on Field 4 at the Ball Fields at FireLake.
     
    Note: Report compiled by Jason Smith.
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