Defense falters in Edgerton’s defeat to Monroe, other scores
The Crimson Tide averaged less than one error a game en route to a second straight Rock Valley Conference championship and a berth in the WIAA Division 2 sectional title game.
But with the school’s first state-tournament berth on the line Thursday afternoon, the defense faltered.
Monroe took advantage of four Edgerton errors, and Meghan Roberts shut down the Crimson Tide on one hit in the Cheesemakers’ 3-0 win here at Kaminski Park.
In qualifying for the state tournament for the second straight year, Monroe (19-9) knocked off Adams Friendship, 8-3, in the sectional semifinal game. The Cheesemakers then took advantage of two unearned runs to upend the Crimson Tide, which had advanced with a 6-5 semifinal win over Lakeside Lutheran.
Monroe opens state tournament play against Port Washington next Thursday.
Edgerton coach Tony DeWar, whose team finished an impressive 21-3, said defense—or lack thereof—was the key.
“In a nutshell, a couple of defensive lapses cost us today,” DeWar said. “Against Lakeside, we were able to overcome those lapses by getting the sticks going. But against Monroe, we never got the sticks going and couldn’t overcome the errors.
“We may have been a little anxious at times at the plate (against Monroe), and I think the best way to get going sometimes when that’s happening is to get a good rip at the first pitch you see. And we didn’t do that enough against Roberts.”
Roberts wasn’t overpowering, but the senior obviously was effective. Edgerton managed only Meggie Schmidt’s first-inning single and hit only two balls out of the infield. Roberts struck out only three, but walked nobody.
“I knew Edgerton had pretty good hitters, so I just wanted to go out and hit my spots and try to get ahead (in the count),” Roberts said.
Roberts said the unearned run that Monroe scored in the top of the second was huge.
“Anytime I can pitch with the lead, I don’t know why, but I always feel like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” Roberts said. “I know it helps me relax.”
The Cheesemakers got the only run they needed in the second thanks to two Crimson Tide errors. Brandi Trewartha started the inning by reaching on a rare Anne Tronnes fielding error at third, and moved to second on a groundout. Kendra Clark then hit a grounder to short that Meggie Schmidt fielded cleanly and threw to first for the second out.
When Trewartha sprinted to third on the throw, first baseman Kelsey LaVelle’s throw to Tronnes sailed wide. That allowed the first run to score.
Monroe made it 2-0 in the fifth with another unearned run. With one out, Paisley Bennett reached on a fielder’s choice. Schmidt’s fielding error on a tough play kept the inning alive, and Emily Rufenacht made the Crimson Tide pay for it with an RBI single to left.
Edgerton’s only threat came in the first. Molly McCall reached on a fielder’s choice groundout and stole second. Schmidt then reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners.
After Schmidt stole second on the next pitch, the Crimson Tide had runners at second and third with one out. But a popup and Caitlin Johnson fly out ended the threat.
Edgerton Tide got only one runner as far as second base after the first inning.
“Monroe had been in this position before,” DeWar said of the sectional title game, “and you can’t beat that experience.
“But we’re pretty young, with our infield and battery back next year. I told the girls afterward that they’re job was to work hard and get back into this position again next year.”
MONROE 3, EDGERTON 0
Monroe (ab-r-h-rbi)—Bennett, c, 4-1-0-0; Schuttler, cf, 4-0-1-0; Rufenacht, ss, 2-0-1-1; Trewartha, 2b, 4-1-0-0; Erickson, rf, 4-1-2-0; Clark, dh, 3-0-1-0; Kennison, pr, 0-0-0-0; McArdle, 3b, 3-0-0-0; Sutter, 1b, 3-0-1-1; Niffenegger, 0-0-0-0; Lee, ph-lf, 2-0-0-0; Beckman, lf, 1-0-1-0. Totals: 30-3-7-2.
Edgerton (ab-r-h-rbi)—Tronnes, 3b, 3-0-0-0; McColl, 2b, 3-0-0-0; Schmidt, ss, 3-0-1-0; Downing, c, 3-0-0-0; Ballweg, cr, 0-0-0-0; Johnson, p, 2-0-0-0; LaVelle, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Cleveland, dh, 2-0-0-0; Good, lf, 0-0-0-0; DeWar, rf, 2-0-0-0; Pope, cf, 2-0-0-0. Totals: 23-0-1-0.
Monroe 010 011 0—3
Edgerton 000 000 0—0
E—Monroe 2, Edgerton 4. LOB—Monroe 8, Edgerton 3. SAC—Johnson. SB—McColl, Schmidt. 2B—Schuttler.
Monroe IP H E ER BB SO
Roberts (W) 7 1 0 0 0 3
Johnson (L) 7 7 3 1 2 5
EDGERTON 6, LAKESIDE LUTHERAN 5
Edgerton 002 220 0—6 7 1
Lakeside 003 002 0—5 10 1
Johnson and Downing; Bruni and Filter.
Leading hitters—Schmidt (E) 2x4, Allister (LL) 2x3. 2B—Pope (E), Allister, Pfeifer (LL), Filter (LL), Lichtenberg (LL), Otterstatter (LL).
SO—Johnson (E) 7, Bruni (LL) 7. BB—Johnson 1, Bruni 1.
MONROE 8, ADAMS-FRIENDSHIP 5
Monroe 003 400 1—8 11 0
Adams-Friendship 000 201 0—3 7 4
Roberts and Bennett; Grise.
Leading hitters—Trewartha (M) 2x5, Sutter (M) 2x5, Schuttler (M) 2x5, McArdle (M) 2x4. Crum (AF) 2x3, Thompson (AF)( 2x4. 2B—Schuttler, McArdle.
SO—Roberts (M) 11, Grise (AF) 3. BB—Roberts 2, Grise 2.
-- Deerfield 10, Parkview 0—Kayla Lowery pitched a three-hitter to lead Deerfield past Ofordville Parkview in a six-inning semifinal game of the Division 3 sectional at Brookwood.
Lancaster shut out La Crosse Aquinas, 1-0, in the other semifinal game and beat Deerfield, 4-0, in earn a state tournament berth.
The Flying Arrows play Laconia in the state semifinals at 1:30 p.m. next Friday at Goodman Diamond in Madison.
Deerfield got all the scoring it needed against Parkview in a two-run first inning. Kim Albrecht went 3-for-4 to lead the Demons’ 13-hit attack.
Abby Hantke, Mary Heller and Haley Christianson had Parkview’s hits. The Vikings finished 16-10 after reaching the sectional level for the first time since 1998.
DEERFIELD 10, ORFORDVILLE PARKVIEW 0
Parkview 000 000—0 3 4
Deerfield 201 511—10 13 2
Noble, Christianson and Koch; Lowery and J. Gosdeck.
Leading hitters—Podmolik (D) 2x3, K. Gosdeck (D) 2x3, Albrecht (D) 3x4. 2B—Taylor (D). 3B—Podmolik (D).
SO—Lowery (D). BB—Lowery 1.