Special K

Published 12:16 am Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Lake Mills softball team was two-hit Tuesday, with nine errors and zero runs, dropping their record to 7-12. Their only hits, though were from freshman Kelcey Srp and Sarah Orban.

The Bulldogs are a young team and their stat line from Tuesday’s game may suggest that. Their led, though, by one of the best pitchers in the conference and possibly the state, and she’s only a sophomore.

Lake Mills’ roster features 11 players who are in ninth-grade or younger. They feature only three seniors, one junior and a sophomore. That sophomore is Josie Brackey.

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Brackey has pitched all but one inning for the Bulldogs this season. Her ERA is 1.50. Tuesday, despite picking up the loss, she threw for 10 strikeouts with only one walk, adding to her already 221 K’s.

For every batter she walks she strikes out over four, and her batting skills aren’t too bad either.

Brackey is fourth on the team with a .259 batting average. She leads the team with nine RBIs and in doubles and triples, too. And as a sophomore, she’s the fifth oldest girl on the team.

While Lake Mills’ inexperience was apparent Tuesday against North Sentral Kossuth in the 12-0 loss, Brackey is just one example of the promising future the team has.

“When you play your best nine and your only two hit are from freshman,” a Lake Mills coach said, “We are just a young team.”