Stampfli grins and bears it in regional title win, other scores
Before she retired the final Edgerton High batter to seal a 4-1 win and a WIAA Division 2 regionalsoftball title for Brodhead here Thursday, her catcher paid her a quick visit.
“I told her to smile; she hadn’t much the whole game,” Brodhead junior Tia Collins said. “I knew it was almost over; just one more out. I wanted her to relax. She’s put a lot of work into this season.”
But Collins was providing her battery and classmate with comfort long before that seventh-inning visit. The fleet-footed catcher crushed a standup triple to deep right-center on the first pitch Edgerton’s Caitlin Johnson threw in the battle between Rock Valley division champions.
“The last time we played them, she kept throwing me inside, inside,” Collins said. “I was hoping she’d do the same thing, and it worked out.”
Freshman third baseman Amanda Pickel traded places with Collins by smacking an RBI triple to left-center. Riley Olson then deadened a squeeze bunt toward the mound, and Pickel slid in feet-first at home, narrowly beating a flip by Johnson, to make it 2-0 in the first inning.
“When you get (that 2-0) lead, it just takes some of that pain away a little bit; then Erika knew she didn’t have to be perfect with every pitch,” Brodhead coach Steve Krupke said. “We’ve been relying on her a lot.”
Stampfli struck out 11 but walked seven—all in the first three innings. She walked the bases loaded with no one out in the second. After a strikeout, she walked Katie Good to force home the Crimson Tide’s only run before striking out the top two batters in the Edgerton order.
“With her stuff and our defense, she needs to throw strikes,” Krupke said. “But I know what it’s like out there. You’re not feeling 100 percent, and you’re afraid to lob it over the middle.”
After the Cardinals scored twice in the bottom of the second, Stampfli walked the first two batters in the third before striking out the next three.
“When she settled down in the third, we failed to recognize she was throwing it over the middle of the plate while we were standing and watching,” Edgerton coach Tony DeWar said. “She was getting ahead in the count. When she does, I wouldn’t want to face her, either.”
In the bottom of the second, Brodhead designated hitter Tiffany Carmack took a close pitch for a ball at 2-2 before driving home Shianne Strommen with a single to left-center. With two outs, Riley Olson popped an RBI Texas-League single to shallow right, giving the Cardinals their 4-1 lead.
Johnson, a senior, took the loss. She struck out four and walked one. Collins, the only batter with multiple hits, launched a second standup triple to right-center with two down in the fifth and went 3-for-4.
The Tide (15-6) washed Brodhead (21-2) out of the playoffs last year, 4-0 in the regional finals and went on to the sectional finals.
“This battle has been going on for a while, and it’s going to continue to go on,” said DeWar, who is good friends with Krupke.
Brodhead now goes to the Portage Sectional. The Cardinals play Fort Atkinson in a semifinal game at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, with a chance to avenge a 6-2 nonconference loss to the Badger South champions.
BRODHEAD 4, EDGERTON 1
Edgerton (ab-r-h-rbi)— McCall, 2b, 4-0-0-0; Johnson, p, 3-0-0-0; Tronnes, 3b, 3-0-1-0; Schmidt, ss, 2-0-0-0; LaVelle, 1b, 2-0-1-0; McCue, cf, 2-0-0-0; Richardson, c, 2-0-1-0; Schmitz, rf, 3-0-1-0; Good, lf, 2-0-0-1. Totals: 23-1-4-1
Brodhead (ab-r-h-rbi)—Collins, c, 4-1-3-0; Pickel, 3b, 3-1-1-1; Olson, ss, 3-0-1-2; Covert, rf, 3-0-0-0; Mohns, 1b, 3-0-0-0; Stampfli, p, 3-0-0-0; Douglas, 2b, 3-0-1-0; Strommen, lf, 2-1-1-0; Carmack, dh, 2-1-1-0; McGuire, ph, 1-0-0-0. Totals: 27-4-8-3.
Edgerton 010 000 0—1
Brodhead 220 000 x—4
E—Edgerton 0, Brodhead 0. LOB—Edgerton 9, Brodhead 6. 2B—Schmitz. 3B—Collins 2, Pickel, Douglas.
Edgerton IP H R ER BB SO
Johnson (L) 6 8 4 4 1 4
Stampfli (W) 7 4 1 1 7 11
-- Fort Atkinson 9, Jefferson 2—Emily Bakken became the school’s all-time leader with 44 wins as she led the Blackhawks to the Division 2 regional championship victory over the visiting Eagles.
Fort Atkinson (20-4) plays Brodhead at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Evansville in the semifinals of the Portage Sectional.
Mikaela Hitt’s three-run double in the first sparked the Blackhawks.
FORT ATKINSON 9, JEFFERSON 2
Jefferson 000 000 2—2 4 1
Fort Atkinson 430 101 x—9 13 2
Anderson, DeJong (2) and Ja. Splittgerber; Bakken and A. Boos.
Leading hitters—Foerster (FA) 2x3, Podmolik (FA) 2x4, N. Boos (FA) 2x4, Hitt (FA) 2x3, A. Boos (FA) 2x4. 2B—Weigand (FA), Hitt (FA). #B—Foerster (FA).
SO—Bakken (FA) 5. BB—Anderson 2, DeJong 2, Bakken 1.
-- Monroe 8, River Valley 3—Gwen Sutter and Brandi Trewartha had three hits each to lead the Cheesemakers.
Monroe (11-13) plays Sauk Prairie at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie du Chien in the semifinals of the Portage Sectional.
Becka Armstrong pitched a complete game for Monroe, striking out one and allowing only two walks.
MONROE 8, RIVER VALLEY 3
Monroe 013 020 2—8 11 0
River Valley 100 020 0—3 7 1
Armstrong and Bennett; McGuire and Crook.
Leading hitters—Erickson (M) 2x4, Sutter (M) 3x4, Trewartha (M) 3x3, Clarson (RV) 2x3. 2B—Kennison (M), VanWoert (RV), Crook (RV), V. Clarson (RV), S. Clarson (RV).
SO—Armstrong (M) 1, McGuire (RV) 5. BB—Armstrong 2, McGuire 2.
-- Belleville 8, Turner 6 (8)—The Wildcats rallied to tie the game in the seventh before scoring twice in the eighth.
Turner (15-9) led 6-3 in the top of the seventh but could not hold on, enabling Belleville to qualify for the Darlington Sectional.
BELLEVILLE 8, TURNER 6 (8)
Belleville 000 003 32—8 12 2
Turner 040 011 00—6 12 1
Baker and Froehlich; Zandler, Jordan (5), Zandler (6) and Hale.
Leading hitters—Rung (B) 2x4, Ace (B) 2x5, Froehlich (B) 2x6, Rear (B) 2x5, Weiser (T) 2x5, Casey (T) 2x5, Smith (T) 3x4, Snippen (T) 2x4. 2B—Froehlich (B), Rear (B).
SO—Baker (B) 3, Zandler (T) 1. BB—Baker 3, Zandler 2, Jordan 3.