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Dynamic duo rallies Brodhead

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Christopher Heimerman
April 28, 2010
— Erika Stampfli and Amanda Pickel took turns helping each other out as Brodhead High rallied to a 4-2 Rock Valley Conference softball victory over Edgerton at Race Track Park here Tuesday.

Stampfli capped a three-run inning and set up the starter, Pickel, for the win with a two-out RBI single that gave the Cardinals (10-2, 8-0 Rock Valley South) their first lead, 3-2, in the top of the sixth inning. Pickel then helped Stampfli pin down the save by doubling home an insurance run with two down in the top of the seventh.


“The game plan was, I wanted to see how far we would get with Amanda, because Erika’s back has been bothering her,” Brodhead coach Steve Krupke said of his ailing ace.


“She wasn’t coming in unless we grabbed a lead somewhere. When we did, our two pitchers made me look like a genius.”


Brodhead’s leadoff batter, junior Tia Collins, single-handedly cut a


2-0 deficit in half in the top of the sixth. After beating out an infield single to second base, she stole second and third before darting home when Edgerton catcher Monica Richardson’s throw to third skipped down the left-field line.


Edgerton starter Caitlin Johnson retired the next two Cardinals before Jana Covert skied a double that was misjudged in right field. Mariah Mohns chopped an RBI single into right field to tie the game and went to second on the throw home. Stampfli then laced her third hit in as many at-bats on a line to right field to drive in Mohns.


“She took the adrenaline from that at-bat right out to the mound with her,” Krupke said.


“Oh, yeah, it gave me a little extra confidence,” Stampfli said.


And it showed. Stampfli mowed down two Crimson Tide batters with her fastball in the bottom of the sixth, and Covert caught a fly ball off Tia Cleveland’s bat, running full speed and crossing over the right-field line into foul territory.


Collins bunted her way on in the top of the seventh and quickly stole second base. Pickel then wasted no time driving in the insurance run, creaming the first pitch into the left-field corner.


“As soon as I saw it leave her hand, it was coming right down the middle; I knew that was the one,” Pickel said.


In the bottom half, Pickel’s classmate, Taurie Burns, helped Stampfli settle down after she hit the first batter, Molly McCall, with a pitch.


“Erika didn’t have any time to get loose tonight,” Krupke said. “She’s such a nice kid that when she hit that batter, I think she felt bad.”


What made her feel better was Burns retreating just left of dead center before spinning and leaping to snare a smash off Johnson’s bat.


“I was nervous at first, but I was confident that she’d catch it.” Stampfli said. “Our outfielders just played great.”


Mohns also made a slick leaping catch with two hands and two outs in the third to rob Meggie Schmidt and save a run.


After Burns’ snare, Stampfli hit another batter and walked the cleanup hitter Schmidt to load the bases before striking out the last two batters to earn the save and preserve the win for Pickel.


After striking out Kelsey Lovell with a full-count fastball, she got Morgan McCue looking to keep the Cards unbeaten in the Rock Valley and send the Tide (5-3, 5-1 Rock Valley North) to its first league loss—one night after getting the win in a 3-1 victory over East Troy.


“If you told me that after prom that we’d go out and beat East Troy and Edgerton on the road … I would’ve said I’d take it,” Krupke said, laughing.


McCall singled and stole second in the third inning before Anne Tronnes drove her home with a base hit to left field to give the Tide a 1-0 lead. Schmidt hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the fifth to make it


2-0.


Johnson went the distance for Edgerton, striking out four and walking none. Krupke was ecstatic Pickel allowed just two runs against the Tide, which averaged a shade over 10 runs per game in its first seven contests.


Pickel allowed just five hits while striking out three and walking none.


“I’ve never seen a freshman pitch in such a big game, bat second and play third, do everything you ask of her,” Krupke said. “She and (Burns) certainly didn’t play like freshmen.”


BRODHEAD 4, EDGERTON 2

Brodhead 000 003 1—4 8 0


Edgerton 001 010 0—2 8 2


Pickel, Stampfli (6) and Collins; Johnson and Richardson.


Leading hitters—Collins (B) 2x4, Pickel (B) 2x4, Stampfli (B) 2x3, McCall (E) 2x2, Tronnes (E) 3x3. 2B—Pickel (B).


SO—Pickel (B) 3, Stampfli (B) 4, Johnson (E) 4. BB—Stampfli 1, Johnson 1.



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