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Hall shortstop Brenna Faletti (right) prepares to throw to first base as Mendota’s Brooke Carroll takes off from second base during the Lady Red Devils’ 8-6 victory in a non-conference game Wednesday in Mendota. Faletti was 3-for-4 with three RBIs. NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
MENDOTA — Hall softball coach Pete Kasperski gave senior Becca Herrmann the green light.
And she went.
With the game tied in the seventh inning and Herrmann on third base, her sister, Elle, took off from first to second.
When Mendota catcher Mary Wackerlin threw to shortstop Brooke Stallings, Becca Herrmann broke for home.
By the time the return throw arrived, Herrmann was sliding safely into home for the go-ahead run.
The Lady Red Devils added an insurance run before holding the Lady Trojans scoreless in the bottom half of the inning to secure an 8-6 non-conference victory Wednesday.
“I figured (Wackerlin) wasn’t going to throw through,” Kasperski said. “She didn’t peak down there (to third base) and Becca got a good jump, so she was halfway down when she threw the ball to the shortstop. (Herrmann) is a senior. She’s played enough softball that she recognized that. We gave her the green light to go if she thought she could make it.”
The Lady Red Devils held a comfortable 6-2 lead entering the bottom of the sixth before Mendota’s bats came to life.
The Lady Trojans had five hits entering the frame and nearly doubled their total with four in the sixth to help them score four runs and tie the game.
Brooke Carroll plated the first run with an RBI fielder’s choice before Wacklerlin smacked a two-run double two batters later.
Stallings capped Mendota’s rally with an RBI single.
“We came back in the sixth inning, but we just didn’t finish,” said MHS assistant John Holzman, who is filling in for Joel Perez as he is away from the team for family reasons. “We’ve been struggling with our hitting lately, and they hit that inning.”
But the Lady Red Devils responded in the seventh.
Becca Herrmann hit a double to left field to lead off the inning, and Elle Herrmann followed with a line drive single — that nearly hit Becca between second and third — to set up the sisters’ double steal.
“I just wanted to get on,” Becca Herrmann said about her approach leading off the frame. “It was nice I got a double. I was just really excited to get on. I really wanted Elle to do good, and she did. She almost hit me, but that’s OK.”
Deidra Whightsil followed with an RBI single to give Hall some cushion up 8-6.
“When they tied it and we came back and got two runs in the last inning, I think that really showed we’re tough enough to go after it,” Becca Herrmann said.
The Lady Red Devils finished with 13 hits — including five during a four-run third inning — led by Brenna Faletti’s 3-for-4 effort. Faletti had two doubles and finished with three RBIs and a run.
Becca Herrmann was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two runs and an RBI, while Whightsil was 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in.
“We swung the bat,” Kasperski said. “That’s what we have to do. I still haven’t seen a dominating pitcher, so you’re going to have to put the ball in play to stay in these games, and we did that. We could have folded after they tied it up, but we came back.”
Adrianna Pikula earned the win for Hall (2-5) as she allowed six runs on nine hits while striking out 14 batters, walking five and hitting one.
Wackerlin finished 2-for-3 — including a two-run homer in the third — with four RBIs.
Taylor Browder took the loss for the Lady Trojans (3-7).
Note: Perez is expected to rejoin the team Monday, Holzman said.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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