MADISON - For the sixth time in school history, the Cheesemakers will play for a state softball championship. Monroe knocked off New Berlin West 10-2 Friday, June 7, in a WIAA Division 2 semifinal. Monroe will face Seymour in the title game, scheduled for about 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Goodman Diamond on the UW Campus in Madison.
Monroe senior ace Olivia Bobak struck out 11 batters and scattered five hits, four walks and a hit batter. Just one of the two runs against her were earned - a solo inside-the-park home run to Elena Barnes in the third inning.
The Cheesemakers opened the game with a 4-run first inning and led 6-0 after two. A 3-run fourth made it 9-2 and Monroe added another run in the fifth.
Sydney Updike had three hits to lead Monroe, while Katie Hayes, Sloane Ambrose and Bobak each had two hits. Bobak and Alyse Maurer each tripled for the Cheesemakers, while Updike added a double.
For a full recap of the state semifinal and championship games, with player and coach interviews, check out the Wednesday, June 12 edition of the Times.