Former Kimberly High School standout A.J. Klein has returned home to train for what he hopes will be a breakout year for the Panthers in his third season.
For the second straight year Bay Port, Notre Dame, and Kimberly returned to the state tournament at Fox Cities Stadium. Local 5 Sports' Eric Boynton recaps the WIAA State Baseball Tournament.
The Papermakers finished as Division 1 runner-up for the second straight season.
Kimberly outlasted River Falls 6-4 in 9 innings to make it to the WIAA Division 1 State Championship game Thursday against Janesville Craig.
Kimberly came ready to play in the division one quarterfinals on Tuesday morning. Scoring two of their three runs in the top of the first, and holding on for a win over Kenosha Indian Trail.
Bay Port, Kimberly and Notre Dame will all be making return trips to the WIAA State Baseball Tournament after claiming sectional championships Tuesday.
State titles are nothing new at Kimberly, they have in softball alone, but have not repeated as champions on the diamond since 1989. That's something the 2015 Papermakers are hoping to change in Madison this week.
The Papermakers posted a shutout against Appleton East to move on to the sectional semifinals. For the Ashwaubenon it would take extra time and penalty kicks for the Jaguars to knockout Pulaski.
Kimberly, Bay Port, and New London came away with sectional championship victories over conference rivals on Thursday.
The Kaukauna Ghosts and Kimberly Papermakers are set for a sectional finals rematch after they both pulled out one run victories on Tuesday. Local 5 Sports' Ryan Rodig breaks down the highlights from the softball diamond.