For a program that has been as successful as any in Wisconsin, the Poynette softball team added to its storied history in 2019.
The Pumas garnered their best record ever and claimed back-to-back WIAA state titles for the first time.
“Things went well other than the weather, which forced us to play many games on days that really were not fastpitch softball days,” Poynette coach Bob Tomlinson said.
The Lady Pumas finished the season 30-0 after winning another WIAA Division 3 state crown. It is just their second undefeated season ever.
“The biggest highlight of the season was watching every individual in our program ‘seek better’ achievement at every practice and game,” Tomlinson said.
Poynette capped off the season with a 4-0 victory over Campbellsport in the state title game. The Pumas have won five titles in 11 trips to state.
The Lady Pumas have won 54 straight games. They have not lost since the 2018 season opener against Stevens Point.
Poynette repeated as champion in the Capitol North Conference after turning in a perfect 10-0 record.
After an undefeated regular season, the Pumas had an impressive start to the WIAA Division 3 postseason. They earned shutouts against Brodhead (10-0), Belleville (13-0) and Lake Mills (8-0) in the first three games.
The Lady Pumas had their hands full in the sectional final against Dodgeville, but prevailed 3-2 in 11 innings.
“I will remember our 11-inning sectional final, the second ever against Dodgeville,” Tomlinson said. “We got strikeouts to quash what looked like trouble.”
Poynette then blanked Prescott 7-0 in the state semifinals to earn a spot in the title game.
The Lady Pumas were led this season by junior Casey Fountain. She was named the Capitol North Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year. After a strong postseason, she also earned Division 3 Player of the Year honors.
In the pitcher’s circle, Fountain was 22-0 with a 0.21 earned run average, 240 strikeouts and just 11 walks. At the plate, she hit .537 with 30 RBIs, 24 runs, 13 doubles and a home run.
Fountain was one of 14 Pumas who hit at least .300 this spring. The others include Ashia Meister (.667), Lucy Cuff (.581), Molly Anderson (.520), Morgan Jones (.477), Zoie Ramberg (.459), Ashley Hellenbrand (.426), Brianna Kowald (.408), Peyton Kingsland (.400), Brianna Schulz (.370), Lizzie Schwenn (.365), Mara Millard (.349), Mollie Blochwitz (.333) and Abigail Genz (.300).
Cuff led the Lady Pumas with 31 RBIs and 34 runs, while Schulz had a team-high four home runs.
Hellenbrand was the only senior on this year’s squad.
With nearly the entire Puma roster returning next season, they are favored to win their third straight state title.
“We need to keep getting better,” Tomlinson said. “We have some weaknesses that were glaring.”