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Menomonee Falls softball team wins three games to maintain league lead

Indians now 13-3 overall after 1-0 tilt over DSHA

April 28, 2014

With the difficult, short-handed 1-2 effort of the Westosha Invitational the previous week now behind, the Menomonee Falls girls softball team shook off the dust and and got back on track, remaining unbeaten in Greater Metro Conference play with three big wins last week.

Falls started out the week on April 22 with a critical 1-0 win over Divine Savior Holy Angels as Kelly Berglund won a pitching dual against Dashers ace Rose Dentice. The Indians then cruised past two overmatched opponents, bashing Wauwatosa East, 21-5, on April 23 and then overpowering Brookfield East, 13-2, on April 24.

"Actually that tournament was pretty good for us," said Indians coach Lou Sanicola. "We needed to see some good competition and we were a little short-handed (because of spring break). But we needed to see how the other kids (the reserves) would handle that."

Unbeaten in GMC

The Indians finished the week 13-3 overall and 7-0 in Greater Metro Conference play. They had three games scheduled earlier this week if the soggy forecast didn't rain them out.

"We've been pretty fortunate," said Sanicola. "Heading into this week we only had one make-up left and the way we've set the up schedule, we'll have plenty of practice time at the end of the regular season before the (WIAA) tournament starts."

The DSHA game was great practice as Berglund threw one of her best games of the year with nine strikeouts and two walks as she allowed just two runners to get to second base all night.

But Dentice was just as good with 14 strikeouts on three hits and just two walks.

Falls pushed across the only run of the game in the top of the seventh in convoluted fashion as Ashley Zdroik started off the frame with a single, was sacrificed to second, and got to third on a passed ball. But pinch-hitter Peyton Brokiewicz hit a rocket shot at the shortstop and Zdroik was thrown out at home with Brokiewicz safe at first on a fielder's choice.

But then Brittany Robinson singled and then Berglund singled to bring in Brokiewicz with the only run of the game.

"These kinds of games are actually more fun than the others," said Sanicola. "Every pitch, every out matters. It's nerve-wracking as all heck, but these are the kind of games that define you as a player and a coach.

"It was quite the game."

A couple of blowouts

The others not so much. A seven-run fourth put the Tosa East game away as Falls had 19 hits including a home run by Justine Ertl. Angelica Labermeier got the win with seven strikeouts and four walks. She also had four hits and knocked in two runs.

Berglund, who played in left field this game, had three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored while Taylor Paulson had thrree hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Robinson added two hits and two runs scored.

A nine-run third won the Brookfield East game as Berglund got the win with four strikeouts and two walks. East pitchers issued 13 walks in the contest as Berglund knocked in three runs while Claire Mohrfeld had an over-the-fence home run and and a shot off the wall for a double. Robinson also scored two runs in the contest.

"It's just nice to have games like this where other kids can get in," said Sanicola.

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