Brungardt plates 7 runs in first game; SL tops E'burg again in final
Just one day after opening its season with a win over Emmetsburg, the Storm Lake Tornadoes softball team beat E'burg again to win the Storm Lake Invitational Softball Tourney Saturday.
The Tornadoes, who improved to 3-0, beat Manson Northwest Webster 15-1 in five innings in Round 1 before sneaking past Emmetsburg 6-4 in the final which went to the international tie-breaker.
Morgan Darrow got the pitching win against Manson, mowing down four batters and walking a pair while yielding four hits and one earned run in five innings.
The Tornadoes jumped ahead 5-0 in the first stanza and never looked back.
Center fielder Michaela Brungardt had a monster game at the plate, driving home seven runs on three hits.
Amanda Proczak, Lindsay Guenther, Amber Woodford and Mylea Zimmerman had two RBIs each. Darrow, Proczak, Guenther and Zimmerman each had a hit.
"Another great offensive showing. I was kind of nervous with this one," said SL coach Jason Stoltzfus. "Manson always has a great group of athletes. Michaela Brungardt came up with a huge day at the plate. Proczak and Guenther were also effective. Amber Woodford had a great defensive game (at second base).
"Our team stepped it up big."
Katie Blum delivered the pitching win in the championship. The freshman fanned six batters, walked two, and gave up three hits and one earned run in six innings.
Darrow recorded the save in one inning of work.
"Nothing like playing the same team twice in a row," said Stoltzfus. "My team showed me something. They weren't about to quit. The time limit had run out in the top of the sixth - we were down 3-1 and had to score to stay alive. Nicole Martin started the rally. Slone (Masters), Morgan, (Proczak) and Guenther got it done. Later in the international tie-breaker, oustanding baserunning by Woodford was huge.
"(Zimmerman), Slone and (Maleia Miller) had some huge bunts. Katie pitched great."
Masters and Miller both drove home two runs. Proczak and Guenther had one RBI as well.
Masters and Nicole Martin each had two hits, while Guenther had one.