Second Place Finish Caps Historic Season
The Brookfield Lady Dogs softball team has concluded their 2012 season as the most decorated and successful team in their program’s history. Two years ago, the Lady Dogs made it to the Final Four for the first time in a long time, taking third place. This team did one better than any other team, though, and brought home the second place trophy for the 2012 season.
Semifinal Game – Brookfield 7 Kelly 0
In the State Semifinal game on Friday, the Lady Dogs tangled with the same team they had beaten for third place to years ago. Sammi Overton was on the mound for Brookfield, as she had been since District softball.
Kelly went down in order in the top of the first, with Overton recording one strikeout. Alesa Frey led off with a single. Bailey Parks slapped her way on to make a pair. Alexis Lindsay was hit by a pitch, loading the bases with no outs. A throwing error would bring home the game’s first run, and move the runners to second and third. Natalie Wheeler walked to join them and reload the bases. With two outs, Ashley Kearns hit an RBI single. Jaclyn Weydert was hit by a pitch, bringing home another run. After one inning, Brookfield led 3-0.
Kelly went down in order in the top of the second, with Overton recording a pair of strikeouts. Frey doubled to start the second inning. Parks sacrificed her to third, and Lindsay would ground out, allowing the run to score. Wheeler hit a double, but would end the inning stranded. After two innings, Brookfield led 4-0.
Kelly would make some noise offensively in the top of the third. A pair of singles, as well as an error , would put runners into scoring position. But, a pair of strikeouts by Overton helped end the threat. Overton singled to start the bottom of the frame, and was replaced on base by Brittanie Magnuson. Ashley Kearns would sacrifice Magnuson to second, where she would be stranded. After three innings, the Lady Dogs led 4-0.
Kelly would again make noise in the top of the fourth, but would not score. An inning-ending catch by a diving Frey would help secure that. Parks bunted her way on with one out, and Lindsay would join her after a single. Wheeler reached on a Fielder’s Choice. Lauren Roberts pinch-hit herself an RBI double. After four innings, Brookfield led 5-0.
State Championship – Brookfield 6 Pleasant Hope 9
Overton would again be on the mound for Brookfield, who played the visitors in Saturday‘s Class Two State Championship game. Pleasant Hope were the second place team a year ago, and both teams fans filled the seats to capacity.
Lindsay singled with two outs, and Wheeler joined her as well with a single in the top of the first. Both would remain stranded. Pleasant Hope sent five to the plate, but none would score. After one inning, the game was scoreless.
Ashley Kearns continued her MVP performance with a one out single in the top of the second. She would remain stranded to end the frame. Pleasant Hope send five to the plate again, but would again not score. After two innings, the game was still scoreless.
Frey started the third inning with a stand-up double. Parks slapped a single to put runners on the corners. Lindsay reached on a Fielder’s Choice, which loaded the bases. Wheeler walked to bring in the game’s first run. A throwing error scored one run, and Megan Kearns reached on an error, scoring two more runs, and advancing to second base. Overton sacrificed her to third, and she would score on an RBI single from Ashley Kearns. Weydert doubled, and Frey would bring one home to end the inning. Pleasant Hope went down in order after a double play. After three innings, Brookfield led 6-0.
Even with the sting of defeat, the Brookfield Lady Dogs take second place in Class Two in the entire state of Missouri. Brookfield finishes this season with a record of 26-6, Tri-Champions of the Clarence Cannon Conference, District Champions, Sectional Champions, and Quarterfinal Champions. The team has now also gone farther than any other softball team in the history of Brookfield High School softball.