Tri-County junior pitcher, Erica Pronschinske pitches a strike in the Penguins’ 15-0 loss to the 2019 State Champions, the Belmont Braves, in the first game of the WIAA State Tournament on June 6.

Penguins fall to State Champs on June 6

The Tri-County Penguins softball team traveled to Madison to compete in the WIAA State Tournament on June 6. Despite their best efforts, the Penguins were unable to come out with the victory.

The Belmont Braves started the game off with 4 runs in the top of the first inning which not only gave them an advantage on the scoreboard but also gave them a decent confidence boost. With some great base coaching, the Braves were able to tally 11 more runs throughout the game.

Sisters, Erica and Tori Pronschinske, pitched for the Penguins. Older sister, Erica pitching the first five innings and younger sister, Tori, pitching a portion of the final inning. Both girls pitched a great game, unfortunately though, Belmont made contact with most of the strikes thrown by either sister. The Pronschinske sisters led the batting for Tri-County as well with one hit each.

Belmont went on to win the State Championship over Blair-Taylor, 7-1 on June 8. Leaving Tri-County and Gilman tied for third place in State.

As many Tri-County fans have said over the past week, the fact that the girls made it to State was a huge accomplishment for their community. This was Tri-County’s first ever trip to state for any team sport.

The fan support was amazing to see. Whether it was those who lined the streets for the parade as the team left for State, those who participated in the parade, those who attended the game, or those who participated in the parade welcoming the team home.


The Penguins say goodbye to six seniors: Shannon Sachs, Alyssa Buechner, Brianna Bauer, Kenzy Reilley, Arianna Maldonado, and Bailey Lehouillier.


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