Brodhead turns tables on Edgerton
The Cardinals returned the favor Monday.
Mariah Mohns ripped a two-run triple with two outs in the top of the seventh, and pitcher Erika Stampfli struck out 16 and allowed only one hit as Brodhead rallied for a 4-2 win in a Rock Valley Conference crossover game.
Brodhead (10-1) took an early 1-0 lead but had to don the rally caps in the seventh to even the season series with Edgerton (8-1). The Crimson Tide beat the Cardinals, 3-2, in Brodhead’s tournament.
In getting revenge, the Cardinals improved to 7-0 in the Rock Valley South. Edgerton fell to 4-1 in the North but remained in first place.
“I told the girls before we got off the bus that I’m really not worried about the outcome of this game,” Brodhead coach Steve Krupke said. “It’s a crossover game, and they’re not in our regional, so it’s not a seeding issue.
“I wanted to play a good team and get challenged. It’s no offense to anyone else we’ve played, but Edgerton is a great softball team.
“I wanted to see how we handled adversity. I guess I got my answer.”
Krupke got his answer with a three-run seventh, highlighted by Mohns’ two-run shot. With two outs, leadoff hitter Tia Collins singled to left on a two-strike count. Amanda Pickel followed with a sharp single to center, and both runners advanced an extra base on a throwing error.
Mohns then ripped a one-hop triple to the fence in right to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. Mohns scored on Taylor Douglas’ RBI single.
Edgerton went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the seventh as the hard-throwing Stampfli retired the last seven batters, including striking out the side in the seventh.
Crimson Tide coach Tony DeWar said his team’s inability to put the ball in play was costly.
“The difference between us and them today is that when they had a close pitch, they were swinging,” DeWar said. “We have to expand our strike zone two inches on both sides of the plate, making it 21 inches instead of 17.
“You can’t go up there (to the plate) and try to coax a walk every time, especially at this level and against a pitcher like Stampfli.
“But we were also one strike away from winning the game. We were in good shape, and I liked our chances, but we just couldn’t finish it.”
Edgerton took a 2-1 lead in the third. Meggie Schmidt, who walked three times in the game, walked with two outs and promptly stole second. Anne Tronnes walked, and both runners scored on Emily Ziement’s two-run double to left-center—Edgerton’s only hit of the game.
BRODHEAD 4, EDGERTON 2
Brodhead 100 000 3—4 8 1
Edgerton 002 000 0—2 1 5
Stampfli and Collins; Cleveland and Richardson.
Leading hitters—Collins (B) 2x4, Mohns (B) 2x4, Douglas (B) 2x4. 2B—Ziement (E). 3B—Mohns (B).
SO—Stampfli (B) 16, Cleveland (E) 3. BB—Stampfli 5.