Appleton North softball is heading back to the WIAA State Tournament in Madison for the first time since 2007.
"We're feeling good heading into Madison, how could you not?" Appleton North head coach Mike Mullen said.
The Lightning defeated Green Bay Preble in the WIAA D1 Sectional 2 Championship, 3-0 on Thursday night. Sophomore catcher Cady Isom hit a two-RBI triple with two outs in the 5th inning to secure the victory.
"Cady is a sophomore but she doesn't play like a sophomore," coach Mullen said. "She's a clutch kid. She's a had a lot of big hits for us all season and she came through again."
"It meant so much to us," Isom added. "We actually have something in our dugout that says, 'why not us,' it's been our goal ever since the playoffs started to just play our hardest and get as far as possible and I think we really played well as a team today."
The WIAA State softball quarterfinals begin Thursday, June 7.