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Brittany Schoenbeck gets down to score a run in Big Foot's playoff-opening victory. Mike Ramczyk.

Kayla Crump contained the East Troy offense in the final four innings. Mike Ramczyk. (click for larger version)
May 21, 2013 | 08:32 PM
WALWORTH — It was a back-and-forth battle, and it wasn't a good day for the pitchers.

On May 16 in a Division 2 playoff opener, the Big Foot softball squad, a No. 4 seed, needed some late-inning heroics to knock off fifth-seeded East Troy.

Luckily for the Lady Chiefs, Jen Petkoff and Kristen Glade obliged.

Down 13-12 in the bottom of the seventh, Petkoff smashed a long home run and Glade knocked a game-winning single to deliver Big Foot a dramatic, 14-13 victory. It was Big Foot coach Rick Schoenbeck's first playoff victory in his two seasons.

The Lady Chiefs came all the way back from a 7-0 deficit in the second inning.

"In the seventh, the top of the order did it," Schoenbeck said. "The whole year, we have given away five games in the seventh inning. It was our turn to come back."

In a wild game, Big Foot committed eight errors in the first three innings and was down 10-8 after three innings. Petkoff started on the hill and allowed four earned runs on seven hits in only 1 2/3 innings. Schoenbeck replaced Petkoff with Kayla Crump, who allowed five earned runs the rest of the way but settled down to only allow three runs in the final four innings.

"I didn't think the girls were feeling right, but the ball was hopping everywhere," Schoenbeck said.

Schoenbeck said his team has averaged eight to 12 runs per game this year, and the offense flexed its muscles against East Troy. Glade was 4-for-5 with four RBIs, including a towering home run over the center field fence.

The home runs from Petkoff and Glade were the team's first over the fence all season.

Brooke Berryman added three hits, and Petkoff and Brittany Schoenbeck each added two hits. Big Foot totaled 17 hits. Danielle Young, Crump, Morgan Stalker, Marissa Kovarik, Monica Hinske and Camryn Horton all added hits.

Big Foot took a brief 11-10 lead in the fourth, but East Troy answered with three runs in the sixth to regain a 13-11 lead. In the seventh, Petkoff slammed a meatball well beyond the right-field fence to tie the game at 13-13.

Then, Crump and Stalker got on base. Glade's grounder up the middle found its way to the outfield, and Crump crossed home plate for the winning run.

"We're a good hitting team," Rick Schoenbeck said. "Once we got zeroes on defense, some errors helped us."


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