ead center and came one single shy of the cycle as Storm Lake's softball team bounced Hull Western Christian 9-4 Monday at Hull in league play.
The next night in Emmetsburg, SL squeaked past the E'Hawks 2-0 for its seventh straight win, improving to 13-4 overall and 6-2 in the Lakes Conference.
In the HWC game Morgan Darrow earned the pitching win, working the plate with freshman catcher Slone Masters for 10 strikeouts, no walks, seven hits and three earned runs in seven innings of employment.
Brungardt's blast came in the top of the fourth when SL led 2-1.
In the fifth, Darrow singled and first baseman Amanda Proczak jacked her first dinger of the season.
Amber Woodford led off the seventh with a triple, followed by a Darrow single and a sac RBI bunt from Proczak. Lindsay Guenther later singled and scored on a triple by Brungardt as SL scored four runs in the final inning.
HWC put up three of its own in that frame but it was too little, too late.
"After a couple questionable calls the girls rallied around each other and exploded the ball," said Tornadoes coach Jason Stoltzfus. "The girls played with extreme energy."
In addition to Brungardt's performance, Darrow had three hits and Woodford had two.
Proczak and Guenther each drove in a pair of runs; Darrow and Brungardt each stole a base.
In JV action that night, SL tied HWC 9-9 to move its record to 3-2-2.
Trailing 9-6 in the top of the fifth, the Tornadoes scored three runs to tie the game.
Katie Blum led off with a single, and Jordan Bauer followed with a hard hit. Megan Thompson plated them both with a hard-hit single to right-center.
Thompson later scored on a single by Jamie Cords.
Blum struck out six batters and walked four in the pitcher's circle.
"This is a game we should have had," said Stoltzfus. "Mental mistakes cost us big, but we battled back and just missed pulling off the win."
In Tuesday's varsity slate, Darrow earned another win, rifling a two-hit shutout with no runs, no walks and six punch outs in seven innings.
The Tornadoes scored the game's only runs in the top of the seventh.
"It was the magic and determination of two senior captains that came through in the top of the seventh inning," said Stoltzfus.
Darrow doubled to deep center in that inning, and reached third on a passed ball before scoring the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run on a single by Guenther to shallow right-center.
Guenther later reached third on a passed ball and scored the final run.
The Tornadoes threatened in the fifth when Proczak doubled and later tried to score on a Mylea Zimmerman single.
"They bobbled the ball and I sent her. They threw a strike and got her. We had trouble getting the bunt tonight in the clutch," said Stoltzfus. "We played great defense."
Proczak finished with 11 put-outs, Woodford had five assists, and Masters gunned down a would-be base stealer and picked off another at first.
In that evening's JV contest, Blum pitched a three-hitter as the Tornadoes prevailed 6-1.
She had 13 strikeouts, one walk and one earned run.
Emily Deters went 3-for-3 and Cords was 2-for-3 as SL improved to 4-2-2.