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Clearly, Wauconda senior Lexie Redmann was the defensive hero of the game when she positively stole a potential double off the bat of Antioch's Kaytee Keefe in the fifth inning of Wednesday's Class 3A sectional semifinal at Grayslake Central. "I told my mom I was going to make 50 diving catches,'' Redmann said. But when this game between NSC Prairie Division rivals went to extra innings, Redmann was still hitless at the plate. And that came as a surprise to Wauconda coach Tim Rennels. That's because he had called an optional hitting practice before the big game. "And Lexie was the only girl who took me up on it,'' Rennels said. "And she has some great swings in the cages. We both walked off happy." Since both teams had split a pair of games during the regular season, naturally this game went to the eighth inning knotted up at 2-2. And then the extra batting practice paid off. Redmann's fifth homer of the season opened up a 4-2 lead. Freshman Brooke Sefcik followed with another longball. Wauconda (22-12) will play for the sectional title come Saturday at Grayslake Central. The Bulldogs stopped Antioch 5-3 and in the meantime dodged a one-girl wrecking crew named Kaylene Ressler. In order, she singled, homered, singled and homered.